Mal Stoddart joined Owen Hodge lawyers in September 2016.

He is not your everyday lawyer and has a wide experience including:

  • his academic interests in theology and law
  • lecturing at the University of Wollongong in Wills and Succession (Estate Planning)
  • chairing two private schools through major intensive growth phases
  • establishing as CEO a charity

Mal commenced practice on his own account at the age of 24 in Wollongong where he grew his practice exponentially:

  • with another three lawyers of his generation his primary concern was the change to a service focus rather than the traditional stodgy professionalism of the day
  • in day to day practice his primary service area was ‘business structures and trusts’
  • he established numerous service trusts for the medical profession, and
  • a large general and conveyancing practice.

Mal returned to the law some 16 years ago and has focused on what is called ‘Estate Planning‘ including;

  • Testamentary Trust Wills for tax minimisation and asset protection
  • generational and wealth creation
  • disability trusts
  • special trusts to give added protection against claims in the Family Court
  • end of life documents expressing your wishes, and
  • Will contests including Family Provision matters and will construction.

He has prepared Estate Plans from $300,000 to $200,000,000.

Some of his clients have stayed with him for nearly 40 years.

Dr Malcolm Stoddart
Dip. Law; B.Th. (Hons Cl.1); M.Phil.; Dr. Min.