Trea McGuinness

Senior Associate

About Trea

Trea is a Senior Associate in our Private Client Department.  She specialises in the areas of trusts, estate planning, and the administration of estates.  She also has considerable expertise in both residential and commercial conveyancing.

She advises domestic and international clients, both private and professional, in the administration of estates and related taxation and litigation.  She has also advised a number of charitable organisations in regard to charitable bequests, the administration of estates and any resulting litigation.  She has extensive experience in the implementation and registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney, advising both donors and attorneys, and in Wards of Court applications.  She advises executors and beneficiaries on a wide variety of matters, as they arise, including validity of Wills, capacity, undue influence, legal right share, claims by children (Section 117 applications), appointment of administrator ad litem, second and subsequent grants of administration and promissory estoppel, among other areas.  She has represented clients in Probate litigation, both in the issue and defence of proceedings.

Trea has significant experience advising both purchasers and vendors in the sale, acquisition, lease and voluntary transfer of residential and commercial property, including high value property.  She has also acted on behalf of a large financial institution in the sale of properties by mortgagee in possession.

Trea has a Bachelor of Social Science Degree from University College Dublin and was admitted to the roll of Solicitors in Ireland in 2005.  She holds a Diploma in Trust and Estate Planning from the Law Society of Ireland and is a member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).  She is a long standing member and former Chair of the Dublin Solicitor’s Bar Association (DSBA) Probate and Taxation Committee and former Committee member of STEP Ireland.

Recent Experience

  • Acting in the registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney and advising attorneys on their role and duties under an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA)
  • Advising an Executor on renouncing as Executor after they had intermeddled in the Estate
  • Preparing applications and obtaining Orders for appointment of Care Representatives under the Nursing Home Support Scheme Act 2009
  • Advising Legal Personal Representatives on administration of insolvent estate
  • Advising on post-death variations
  • Advising in the administration of estates and tax related queries
  • Drafting of wills and trusts
  • Advising charitable organisations in regard to charitable bequests
  • Representing clients in probate litigation (issuing and defence of proceedings)
  • Acting in the acquisition and disposal of residential & commercial property
  • Acting in the re-financing of residential and commercial properties


  • Bachelor of Social Science, University College Dublin
  • Qualified as a Solicitor in Ireland, Law Society of Ireland
  • Diploma in Trust and Estate Planning, Law Society of Ireland

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of Ireland
  • Dublin Solicitors Bar Association
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Former Chair of the DSBA Probate and Taxation Committee
  • Former Committee Member of STEP Ireland


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