Conveyancing

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  • Houses and Units
  • Commercial Properties
  • Vacant Land
  • Retirement Village Units
  • Rural Properties
  • ‘Off the Plan’ Purchases
  • Loan and Guarantee Advice
  • Business / Franchise Conveyancing

Family Law and De facto Relationship Law

  • First steps to take following a relationship breakdown
  • Separation Issues – what to do next?
  • Negotiating a fair agreement with your former partner
  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution – how you can avoid court proceedings.

Property/Financial Matters

Consent Orders

You can finalise property and financial matters by negotiating an agreement with your former partner. The agreement is lodged in the court registry together with an Application for Consent Orders. No court appearances are involved.

If the court accepts that the negotiated settlement is fair and reasonable, it is approved. In due course, your Consent Orders issue from the registry bearing the court’s seal.

The Consent Orders are binding and must be adhered to by both parties. The court registry retains the original Consent Orders – so you have the security of knowing there is an official record of the settlement reached in agreement with your former partner.

Binding Financial Agreements

You may choose to finalise property and financial matters with a Binding Financial Agreement (BFA). The BFA is signed following negotiation with your former partner. Each party must first obtain independent legal advice. As with Consent Orders (see above), no court appearances are involved.

Unlike Consent Orders, the BFA is not lodged in the court registry. At no stage is the BFA checked or approved by the court. As the court has no involvement in the BFA process, the court registry has no record of the agreement. Each party simply retains a signed BFA for their own records.

Children’s Issues

  • Parenting, living arrangements, holidays etc.
  • Children’s relationships with Grandparents
  • Grandparent and Guardian Issues
  • Relocation of Children
  • Parenting Agreements
  • Child Support Agreements

Consent Orders may be obtained through the court registry if you reach agreement with your former partner in relation to care of the children. The agreement is lodged in the registry with an Application for Consent Orders. If the court is satisfied the arrangements agreed upon are appropriate and in the children’s best interests, the agreement is approved. In due course, Consent Orders issue from the registry bearing the court’s seal.

Related Family Law Matters

  • Divorce Applications
  • Spousal Maintenance Applications
  • Enforcing Court Orders and Agreements

Wills, Estates and Probate

  • Wills
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate Applications
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate and Trust Fund Management
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Advance Health Directives
  • Coronial Inquests – representing family members of the deceased at Coronial Inquests
  • Disputing and Challenging Unfair Wills

Mediation – An alternative to court proceedings

If you are in dispute with another party, we can help you resolve the matter quickly and cost effectively so you can move on with your life. Our first step is always to negotiate with the other party. If negotiations fail, we usually recommend taking the matter to mediation. Essentially, mediation involves a conference with the opposing party. In our experience, most disputes can be resolved at mediation – an ‘out of court’ settlement is achieved and the financial and emotional stress of court proceedings can be avoided.

Trusts

  • Family Trusts
  • Blood Trusts
  • Testamentary Trusts
  • Protective Trusts
  • Special Disability Trusts
  • Self Managed Superannuation Fund Trusts
  • Limited Recourse Loan Trusts
  • Charitable Trusts and Foundations

Business Matters

  • Business / Franchise Conveyancing
  • Contract Negotiations and Contract Drafting
  • Franchise Agreements
  • Commercial and Retail Leases
  • Exercising Lease Options
  • Legal Advice Certificates under the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994
  • General Powers of Attorney
  • Letters of Demand
  • Dispute Resolution

Litigation in all Queensland and Federal Courts

  • Negligence Claims
  • Breach of Duty of Care
  • Breach of Contract
  • Breach of Trust (sometimes referred to as breach of fiduciary duty)
  • ‘No Win No Fee’ for cases meeting certain criteria
  • Some cases may be eligible for Legal Aid funding.