About Malcolm

Partner – Wills & Estates, Private Client Services
Accredited Specialist in Wills & Estates

Malcolm helps people to organise their assets so that they will be distributed according to their wishes upon their death. He works tirelessly to help his clients and their families realise their wishes. His work involves simple and complex Wills as well as administration of estates and disputes relating to estates.

Malcolm heads up the Wills and Estates Team and is passionate about working with families and individuals. His clients also include people who are unable or do not wish to manage their own affairs. He has extensive experience working in the LGBTQI community. His extensive experience will give you the confidence that your affairs are in safe hands.


  • Wills and Testamentary Trusts
  • Financial and Personal Enduring Powers of Attorney and Appointments of Medical Treatment Decision Makers
  • Probate and Letters of Administration
  • Advice on Wills, Estates and Trusts
  • Challenging Wills (Testators Family Maintenance)
  • Estate Planning and Succession Planning
  • Guardianship and Administration
  • Acting as Guardian, Administrator or Attorney or clients
  • Acting as Trustee of Executor of Wills and Estates
  • Management and Administration of Private Assets

Malcolm is an Accredited Specialist in Wills & Estates. By attaining this Law Institute of Victoria specialisation Malcolm has demonstrated specialised competence in Wills & Estates. He is required to be re-accredited every three years and complete annual Continuing Professional Development to maintain his accreditation.

Malcolm is a Notary Public which means that he is qualified to witness documents and administer oaths for use within Australia as well as international documents for use outside Australia. As a Notary Public, Malcolm can:

  • attest documents and certify their execution for use in Australia and overseas
  • prepare and certify documents for use in Australian and overseas such as powers of attorney, deeds and contracts
  • administer oaths for Australian and international documents
  • witness signatures affidavits, powers of attorney and contracts for use in Australian and overseas
  • verify documents for use in Australian and overseas
  • certify copy documents for use in Australian and overseas
  • Exemplify official documents for use internationally

Fun Fact:
Malcolm was an avid runner competing locally and internationally. Now a retired athlete he regularly walks, swims and goes to the gym to keep fit.

One of the best experiences I have had was when a lady came to see me after her husband had died. The house and bank accounts with a small amount of money in them were jointly owned, the husband’s only asset was a car worth a few thousand dollars. However, without his wife’s knowledge the husband had racked up more than $100,000.00 on credit cards. It was so unfair. After negotiating with the Banks and credit card companies I was able to have all the debts written off, she was forever grateful.

What our clients are saying

"When my husband died suddenly, we had to sell our business. Nicholas O’Donohue & Co. had helped us with commercial issues as well as doing our wills. I was out of my league and they really helped me with the estate administration as well as the business. I get a good sense of security using them, they go out of their way to reassure me that everything is being looked after.

We have done a bit of building, buying and selling and we have used Nicholas O’Donohue & Co. There are probably less expensive options out there regarding conveyancing but NODCO’s attention to detail is excellent and that is always reassuring and worth paying for."

Jenny Hede

I have always had a good relationship with Mark Schofield, I always feel if I need something done or it is urgent, if I need a legal person, the first call would be to Mark. I value that relationship.

I know I have someone I can speak to quickly, sometimes I need urgent advice, or a conversation and I know Mark will be there, I am confident he has always given me good advice.

Vincent Arthur, Managing Director, L. Arthur Transport

Nicholas O’Donohue helped me as executor of my mother’s estate. They told us what was involved, gave us an estimate of time and fees and they came in below that. They were very professional and efficient and we knew what was happening at every point. It was all well done.

Paul Nelson

Wills and estates are really important but rarely urgent. Nicholas O’Donohue were both tenacious but also thoughtful in looking after my family’s wills. They understood what I wanted, made sure all aspects of my personal situation were taken care of and gave me a document I could use. They were excellent.

With Nicholas O’Donohue & Co. it is almost like having your own in-house law practice, their knowledge is both broad and deep. Whenever you see lawyers it’s a stressful scenario. Whether it’s because you’re trying to win a bid, or because you’ve got T&Cs with a client, having breadth, depth and speed helps destress the situation and our partners at Nicholas O’Donohue & Co definitely help take the stress out of our legal matters.

John Hanna, Managing Director, SXiQ

Nicholas O’Donohue’s service desk agreement makes things really simple. Rather than having to go through the formal processes every time we want something, we have an overall agreement and we can dip in and dip out whenever we need advice.

The advice is great and delivered on time, we are very happy.

I really value Adrian’s personal counsel, he is very commercial. We had an opportunity we were going to turn down because of the risks, but Adrian said he would not turn it down, that there were ways in which we could work to reduce the risk, so we went ahead. The deal has huge potential for us, and we would not have gone ahead without Adrian’s advice.

Conrad Travers, Director, Tangelo Strategy & Advice Consulting

I am very comfortable with Adrian’s approach and thoroughness, but equally he is commercial. He does everything he needs to do to protect us but also understands the commercial outcome we want and that we may need to make some compromises to get what we want.

There is a commercial view of what needs protecting and what does not. I have trust he will give me the right advice.

All our contracts have worked the way we have wanted them to, we have never had to test them and that is a good thing. There has never been any trouble – I sign the contract, put them in the top drawer and never look at them again.

Peter Womersley, Director, Womersley’s Mitre 10

Property transactions are often treated like a commodity but at Nicholas O’Donohue, they understand it is more than that – it is a major life event. They understand that every transaction is slightly different, they were efficient and took care of all the details. They exceeded my expectations.

Stuart Kollmorgen

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