Tanya Herbertson

Special Counsel

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Tanya Herbertson is a specialist in wills and estate planning, estate litigation and compensation law. She became a special counsel in 2019 after serving as a Snedden Hall & Gallop director for nine years. Tanya joined the firm in 2003 after eight years working for a major insurance company.

As leader of the firm’s wills and estate planning practice, Tanya has deep experience in preparing wills, testamentary trusts and enduring powers of attorney, arranging probate and letters of administration in the ACT and NSW and conducting the administration of deceased estates. Tanya also has particular expertise in estate litigation and regularly acts in court proceedings regarding contested wills and family provision claims.

Tanya regularly works in conjunction with her client’s accountants and financial planners to ensure her client’s overall estate planning needs are met in a cohesive manner.

Tanya has over a decade’s experience litigating personal injury claims arising from industrial accidents, motor vehicle accidents, product liability, and medical and professional negligence. Tanya’s knowledge of the defendant’s processes, acquired during her career in the insurance industry, has enabled her to achieve prompt and successful results for her clients.

Tanya is a warm and approachable advisor who prides herself on responding quickly to clients and keeping them well informed. Tanya is noted for her attention to detail and her ability to explain difficult concepts so that they are easily understandable.

Tanya graduated from the University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Management and Bachelor of Laws. She is a member of the ACT Law Society and the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

Tanya has been recognised in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by the prestigious Doyles Guide as a leading wills & estates lawyer in the ACT. You can see visit the Doyles Guide website to see the details of the 2018 wills and estates litigation listing and the succession planning listing.

Areas of Expertise

  • Wills and estate planning
  • Estate litigation
  • Family provision claims
  • Probate & letters of administration applications
  • Enduring powers of attorney
  • Personal injury compensation

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Managing a deceased estate with 3 executors was so much easier than I expected. Thanks for all your assistance with our estate matters, Tanya Herbertson.

Your efforts were totally professional and I would unreservedly recommend SHG to others.

Warwick G (Wills & Estates)

7 May 2018

Just a short note to thank you for your advice, Tanya Herbertson, and the work you did to finalise the settlement for the estate. Dealing with a contested estate was not easy but certainly made better by having a dedicated professional taking care of the process.

Thank you again.

P and E H (Wills & Estates)

29 January 2018

Your company and I have had two years of having to deal with the executors of my mother’s estate.

I first saw Tanya Herbertson, then after that, to completion, I was with Gillian Hunter.

May I say I don’t think I would have got through it all if it hadn’t been for Gillian. I know it is her job but she made me feel as if I was her only client and I will be eternally grateful for her help and support through some very nasty times.

May I also say a big thank you to Lee (on the switch). She was always lovely and pleasant to me.

Once again thank you to all who helped me.

Marilyn L (Wills & Estates)

7 December 2017

What does a client want to know about a lawyer?

You want somebody who achieves a successful outcome.

As a client, you want a lawyer like Tanya Herbertson who is responsive to your needs, keeps you well informed, listens to you, provides frank advice and is successful.

I was fortunate to have had Tanya Herbertson recommended to me to provide legal advice on an estate dispute.

Her advice was invaluable in helping me achieve a successful outcome in this matter. I appreciated her excellent judgement and the fact that she was responsive to my needs in keeping me well informed as the matter progressed.

Jenny (Wills & Estates)

1 September 2017

I was referred to Ms Tanya Herbertson of Snedden Hall & Gallop for advice and assistance in dealing with the complexities of the Estate (located in New South Wales) of my late brother. He had made a number of wills in the three years before his death, the last two of which were prepared and signed by him after he had been assessed by mental health professionals as being cognitively impaired. The Executor named in his final Will declined to accept appointment because of the evidence of my brother’s mental impairment at the time he made it, and the matter was referred back to me and my daughter as his closest surviving relatives, and Executors named in an earlier Will.

It was necessary to apply to the Supreme Court in NSW for the granting of Probate and appointment of me and my daughter as Executors, based on the earlier Will made by my brother nominating us as Executors.

Tanya was very pleasant and helpful to deal with, was prompt in responding to correspondence and telephone calls, kept moving the matter forward and informing us of progress, and was clearly experienced and knowledgeable in that area of the law. I valued her highly professional and skilled advice while assisting us with the probate application for my late brother’s Estate, and was very satisfied with the outcome she helped us to get.

KR (Wills & Estates)

30 June 2017

My wife and I were recently referred to SHG by our Canberra based Financial Planner for a significant update to our wills and to establish an enduring Power of Attorney.   Ms Tanya Herbertson, Director of the SHG Gungahlin Office, managed our instructions.

These discussions were relatively complex and sensitive; and we were both highly impressed with Tanya’s professionalism, knowledge, practical advice, and open friendly manner.  We had limited time available as we were only on a short break from my work overseas; and found Tanya went out of her way to accommodate us at short notice and to complete the whole process within a few short days to our entire satisfaction. An excellent effort!!

When we return to Canberra later this year, we will continue to retain Tanya, and SHG more broadly, for all our future legal affairs.

C Wall (Wills and Estates)

9 May 2017

I have received all the settlement amounts and reimbursements now. I want to commend you, Tanya, for your efforts on my case. My special thanks to you and your team for the wonderful job you did on my case. I appreciate the time and efforts you put in with the attention to the detail which was certainly worthwhile. It was a smooth experience for me to have you my solicitor who looked after everything and worked so hard and with such a dedication. I am proud to have you as my solicitor and will definitely recommend to anyone needing advice on legal matters relevant to you.

Anon (Personal Injury 3)

11 January 2017

Thank you, Tanya & team, for your support through this difficult year. Your personal understanding was as important to me as your legal expertise. I’m grateful for all you’ve done to help uphold my father’s final wishes. I can now dedicate my time and energy to my young family.

Anon (Wills & Estates 1)

9 January 2017

I would like to thank you, Tanya, for successfully working through probate for our late father.  Even though I was in Sydney you provided a process that was seamless, timely and stress-free, and I really thank you for that.

Your assistance in closing the affairs of both my mother and father in a professional and friendly manner have been greatly appreciated.

Ms C (Wills & Estates)

12 June 2015

Now that Tanya’s work relating to the Estate of my late wife has been concluded, I wanted to express my satisfaction and thanks. On the one hand, you have consistently been professional and painstaking, and on the other you have been most helpful, patient and professionally pleasant to me throughout. All of this made the process as efficient and understandable to me as possible. I am grateful and will of course be asking you to undertake any further legal matters that there may be on my behalf.

G.H Taylor (Wills & Estates)

19 November 2015

Many thanks Tanya, for your guidance and assistance in working through a deceased estate.

I must say, as a first time participant in this process, it was a lot more complicated than I thought, but you and your staff made it a lot easier to navigate.

Tom D (Wills & Estates)

12 November 2015

I employed Tanya Herbertson and her team at Snedden Hall & Gallop to finalise my late mother’s estate.

Tanya was responsible for providing me with sound advice; managing my late mother’s financial estate while probate was being applied for; and drafting and filing the application for probate affidavits with the Supreme Court to officially recognise my late mother’s draft unsigned will, with her handwritten amendments, as her last will and testament.

Due to Tanya and her team’s efforts, the Supreme Court was satisfied that there was sufficient evidence that my late mother’s draft unsigned will represented her last wishes even though she was not able to sign it and have her signature witnessed prior to her passing away. During the entire process, Tanya and her team always acted professionally and compassionately. I highly recommend Snedden Hall & Gallop to anyone requiring assistance in wills and estate matters.

Anon (Wills & Estates 2)

5 October 2015

Tanya Herbertson and Helen Phelps know their law and the legal processes. They are on-time, courteous, thoughtful, sensible and smart, very good at explaining what is going on and what could be done, and what to expect. Very nice to deal with. A credit to their profession!

I’d have no hesitation in recommending your firm to other people.

Bronwen Levy (Wills & Estates)

10 July 2018

Tanya, thank you once again for your assistance in this matter. Your professionalism, expertise and overall handling of the case has helped me immeasurably through probably the most difficult period of my life to date. While this email could never convey the full extent of my gratitude I hope it offers you an insight.


EM (Wills & Estates)

6 November 2018