We understand that your case is unique, so our approach is client-centric.
We offer comprehensive advice and representation across multiple areas of law, always tailored around your individual needs.
In the event that you pass away without a Will, the provisions of intestacy take precedent and your assets may end up being distributed in a way that contradicts your wishes.
If your Will is not properly prepared, it could be considered invalid or subject to contest. That’s why it is highly important that you seek the advice of an experienced Solicitor to prepare a Will on your behalf.
Our experienced team will assist you in your comprehensive Estate Planning, minimising the potential for disputes against your Will.
Wills can be used in relation to Asset Protection for those in high-risk professions, or for those looking to pass assets to at-risk individuals.Reach out to us for specific advice on how this applies to you.
Estate Litigation / Contesting a Will
Our experienced team of Lawyers will help determine whether you have grounds to contest a Will. A Will can be contested for various reasons, including:
Testator Family Maintenance Claim
If the deceased has failed to make adequate provision for somebody they ought to have considered, their will may be contested. The law allows for contest by spouses, de facto partners, children, family members or any other person who can show that they were dependent upon the deceased.
Lack of Testamentary Capacity
If it is found that the deceased lacked the testamentary capacity to make and understand the contents of their last Will, a claim can be made by a beneficiary under an earlier Will.
If it is found that the deceased was 'unduly influenced' in the preparation of their last Will and testament, a claim can be made by a beneficiary under an earlier Will.
If you or a family member are planning on contesting a Will, make an appointment with one of our lawyers to obtain the best advice as early as possible.Powers of Attorney
Enduring Power of Attorney
This legal document authorises another person to act on your behalf in relation to all financial, legal and personal matters – even after you no longer to have capacity to act on your own behalf. The person can be a trusted friend, spouse, partner or relative. They must be over the age of 18 and cannot be bankrupt.
You can only make an Enduring Power of Attorney if you are of sound mind and capable of making legal and financial decisions on your own behalf.
An Enduring Power of Attorney is a valuable way to protect yourself against abuses in situations where you’re unable to make important decisions on your own behalf.
General Non-Enduring Power of Attorney
An Enduring Power of Attorney (Medical) gives the person who you appoint the ability to make all decisions on your behalf in relation to medical treatment if you are not in a position to make such decisions on your own behalf.
Appointment of a Medical Treatment Decision Maker
In circumstances where you are unable to make a medical decision on your own behalf, your medical practitioner will need to seek the consent of your legally appointed Medical Treatment Decision Maker before acting (unless it is an emergency situation). Your Medical Treatment Decision Maker must make the decision that they believe you would have made yourself if you had the capacity.
Advanced Care Directive
Made under the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016, an advanced care directive can include the following:
An Instructional Directive with legally binding instructions about future medical treatment that you consent to or refuse.
A Values Directive, which documents your values and preferences for your Medical Treatment Decision Maker to consider when making decisions for you.
Everyone on our Family Law Team is thoroughly experienced and consciously empathetic. We listen to you, assess your problems, explain the relevant law and outline your options. We give you time to think about your options without pressure. Then we help you make an informed decision about how to proceed with your matter.Make an enquiry today
We provide a comprehensive range of services in all areas of Family Law, including:
- Property Settlements
- Spousal Maintenance
- Child Support
- Children's Issues
- Family Violence and
- Traffic Law (driving whilst disqualified, drink driving, suspended or unlicensed driving, reckless driving)
- Drink and Drug Driving
- White collar crimes (fraud, theft, deceptions, money laundering)
- Drug offences (importation, trafficking, cultivation, possession)
- Customs offences (possessing or importing prohibited imports)
- Sexual offences
- Homicides (murder, manslaughter, culpable driving)
- Offences against the person (assault, stalking, robbery)
- Extradition (international and interstate)
- Intervention orders and breaches (Crimes Family violence)
Our team acts in all Criminal jurisdictions including the Magistrates Court, Children's Court, County Court and Supreme Court.Make an enquiry today
Building Disputes, Lease Disputes, Commercial Litigation, Property Disputes, Debt Recovery.
Our approach is hands-on. We believe in regular communication to keep you fully up to date on the progress of your matter. Our advice is realistic, so that you are fully aware of your position every step of the way.Make an enquiry today
It’s our job to remove the stress factor for our clients, so that buying and selling property can be a pleasure. We pride ourselves on our practicality, efficiency and accuracy in our property services, so you can rest assured that your purchase is entirely protected.
We make sure you understand your contract terms and conditions in plain English, every step of the way.
Remember - never sign a Contract until you have obtained Legal advice.
Handy Things You Should Know
- Do your homework.
- Be aware of time frames.
- Make sure your bank is ready and all loan documents have been prepared and executed.
- Allow sufficient time for settlement.
- Ensure Special Conditions are included in the contract.
- Let us know if you plan to be away at the time of settlement.
- All terms that you want to remove should be specified in the contract.
- Don't change any document before you seek advice from a Solicitor.
- Seek advice about capital gains and GST on your property settlement.
- If you are ever unsure, seek advice.
Are you buying a home?
Our seasoned professionals will give you the comprehensive legal advice you need when buying your new home, including any special conditions attached to your contract. Whether it’s advice on your building and pest inspection report or appropriate finance approval conditions, we’ll make sure you’re protected.
Are you selling a home?
Our team will prepare your Contract and legally required Vendor Statement. We will also explain what it means to sign with a Sole Agency Authority with a Licensed Real Estate Agent, and the implications that go with it.
Excellent legal advice is important to make sure your contract is detailed, comprehensive and clearly communicated to your sales agent. You should carefully consider issues like::
- Have you accounted for all fittings and fixtures?
- Have you made any changes to the property?
- Do you need advice on Capital Gains Tax, Goods and Services Tax, General Tax and implications in Estate Planning?
We have been acting for purchasers buying off-the-plan for over 20 years, both local and non-resident. We provide comprehensive advice and the preliminary reports you need before entering into your contract. We have a detailed understanding of the nuanced requirements and are happy to walk you through them.
You should never sign an off-the-plan contract before seeking legal advice. It’s vital to make sure your contract contains full specifications and detailed plans, as well as the proposed Plan of Subdivision. If you are purchasing as a non-resident of Australia, you are required to get prior approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board.
Our property team advises comprehensively on commercial property acquisition. Since many commercial properties were previously used for a different purpose to yours, it’s important that extra care is taken to address complicated legal requirements.
Remember that if you are planning to put tenants in your commercial property and rely on it for income, a full and proper lease review must be undertaken as part of the purchase.
We don’t need to tell you that running a business is both complex and stressful.
When purchasing or selling a business (or franchise) or entering into commercial agreements with other businesses, it is essential to obtain sound and practical legal advice. We translate legalese into plain English to make sure you can clearly consider any and all issues relevant to your agreement.
We act for numerous large commercial organisations and developers. We have a sturdy reputation for reliability and pride ourselves on being prompt and accessible.
We are soundly equipped to advise on, advocate for and prepare specialised commercial documents for high profile clients, including licensing documents (both in Australia and overseas), risk assessment agreements, business sale and purchase documents, merges and joint venture agreements.