Rosa is a Senior Associate in our Wills, Trusts and Estates group with a strong focus on deceased estates, Part IV Claims and applications heard by the Guardianship List of VCAT.
Favourite holiday spot?
The Mornington Peninsula is my favourite spot. There are excellent restaurants, wineries and you simply cannot pass over the opportunity to spend a relaxing day at the hot springs! There is something special about the local businesses and the people who run them. The produce is super fresh and it tastes much better than the equivalent in big supermarkets.
Last good book, podcast or film?
I loved the film ‘Knives Out’. It’s a fantastic film that builds suspense throughout with twists and turns and keeps you guessing in a typical murder-mystery fashion. The film is tied up beautifully ending with justice being served. It has an all-star cast, including Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer and many more, you cannot go wrong.
What is an interesting fact about yourself?
I would like to think I have a green thumb and have grown a wide range of roses, orchids, exotic herbs, vegetables and citrus trees. There is no doubt that I have been inspired by my Italian countryside heritage.
Why did you choose law and your practice area?
I was a secondary school teacher for 21 years before making the switch to law. What I enjoyed most about being a teacher was working with young individuals and helping them to learn, be inspired and reach their full potential. Although at a glance, the career of a lawyer is very different to that of a schoolteacher, I believe that I have merely transitioned from one helping profession to another.
I did not choose the practice of Wills & Estates, it chose me. When the opportunity knocked, I opened the door and never looked back. I enjoy working with our clients to achieve their desired outcomes taking into account their values, needs and vulnerabilities. I am fortunate to have experienced both careers.
What do you think sets Rigby Cooke Lawyers apart from other firms?
The people and the teamwork. During these difficult and unprecedented times, the Rigby Cooke family has united to support each other personally and professionally to continue to achieve the best results for our clients. The level of genuine care sets Rigby Cooke apart from the others.
What are you looking forward to?
I am looking forward to visiting my dad in his nursing home and giving him a big hug when the restrictions are lifted. Saying hello from a park window is not quite the same.
What do you enjoy most about working with your clients?
As a Wills and Estate lawyer, I enjoy listening to my clients’ stories to better understand the background that has led them to seek legal assistance. Legal issues do not arise in a vacuum and understanding the surrounding circumstances and family conflict is often key to exploring the range of options available to the client and achieving the best outcomes in the circumstances.