FORMING NEW RELATIONSHIPS
When forming a new relationship, we can help you build a legal foundation aimed at fostering a long and enduring relationship.
- Are you intending to commence living together?
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Are you intending to commence living together?
The decision to live together, brings with it a series of forward planning and decision making process that we can assist you with. If you want to live together as a couple, we can work with you to put in place a Cohabitation Agreement aimed at promoting ongoing harmony and respect.

Are you already living together?
If you are already living together and with the expectation of a lasting and close relationship want an agreement to eliminate, as much as possible, any future impediment to your relationship which might arise from uncertain financial arrangements, we can help you document your agreed financial responsibilities to each other in a Cohabitation Agreement.

- Are you already living together?

icon-cohabitation-agreementsAre you already living together?
If you are already living together and with the expectation of a lasting and close relationship want an agreement to eliminate, as much as possible, any future impediment to your relationship which might arise from uncertain financial arrangements, we can help you document your agreed financial responsibilities to each other in a Cohabitation Agreement.

- Are you intending to marry?

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Before getting married, it is important to consider your hopes, aspirations and the practicalities of your living arrangements for your future relationship. We can help you plan for your financial future, protect your property and interests and assist you and your partner in gaining certainty, clarity and direction for your relationship and joint financial future.

- Are you already married?

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If you are already married and with the expectation of a lasting and close relationship want an agreement to eliminate, as much as possible, any future impediment to your relationship which might arise from uncertain financial arrangements, we can help you document your agreed financial responsibilities to each other in a Binding Financial Agreement

- Are you buying or selling property?

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If you and your partner are buying a new home, an investment property or selling any form of real estate, we can help. As one of the major transactions of your life, we understand the importance of your conveyance to you and will ensure the process it as smooth and efficient as possible.

STARTING A FAMILY

We bring passion and commitment to assisting our client’s with adoption and family formation processes. We will work with you to navigate the legal issues surrounding this important life stage – bringing lives together. We will act promptly, providing peace of mind and a highly personalized approach to your matter.

- Adoption
icon-adoptionIf you are considering adopting a child, you will need legal advice to help you navigate what a complex and lengthy process. While it not possible to arrange a private adoption in Queensland, we can assist you in navigating the requirements set out in the Adoption Act and to interface with the Department of Communities.
- Surrogacy, Reproductive Law and Egg/Sperm Donation
icon-surrogacyThe decision to become a parent or to assist another in starting their family using assisted reproductive treatment is profound and life changing. The legal process for creating the gift of life can be confusing for all parties. We are here to help – so if you are contemplating entering into a surrogacy or donor arrangement, whether an altruistic or overseas commercial arrangement, we will assist by offering timely and personalised service.
RELATIONSHIP BREAKDOWN

We deal in relationships, in people and individuals in crisis. You need protection and professional counsel to deal with the legal process of relationship breakdowns and the remodeling needed. We assist in reaching that resolution.

- Parenting and Children

icon-parenting-and-childrenFollowing the breakdown of a relationship, a key stressor can be the impact on and arrangements for the care of children. It is imperative that you have a trusted family lawyer to assist in alleviating some of that stress. Our approach is to generate options with our clients that are child focused and aim to preserve an effective co-parenting relationship. We pride ourselves on approach to parenting matters whereby we “think outside the box” – offering suggestions and crafting solutions for the resolution of any impasse or disagreement regarding parenting arrangements. In advising our client’s in parenting matters, we work within the legal framework which suggests the best interests of children are met by having a meaningful involvement in their lives by both parents.

- Financial Matters

icon-financial-mattersThere is a wide spectrum within which we advise clients in relation to the division of their assets, liabilities, superannuation and financial resources upon the breakdown of a relationship.

If you have an amicable separation and simply seek to formalise an agreement you and your partner have reached, we can provide timely and cost-effective assistance in documenting Consent Orders or a Binding Financial Agreement.

If you have do not have an agreement and need the assistance of a lawyer to negotiate an outcome on your behalf, navigate complex financial arrangements or aid in a resolution of unresolved issues, we can assist.

In our experience, the key to your financial future following the breakdown of a relationship is having a solid strategy to help guide the decisions made throughout the process. Importantly, there are a number of financial implications to be aware of when making agreements around property matters, these include, but are not limited to minimising transfer and stamp duty fees, splitting superannuation holdings, consideration of debts as well as assets and the possibility of any taxation implications. We often refer our clients on to a trusted network of Accountants, Financial Planners, Forensic Accountants, Valuers, Brokers and Barristers, or we work closely with your own advisors to ensure an outcome with minimal taxes and fees associated with the transfer of assets.


- Parenting Arrangements

icon-parenting-arrangementsParenting disputes might be about whom the children live with, how and when they spend time with the other parent or other family members, their schooling, religion or any other matters relating to the children. As with a property settlement matters, there are different processes that can be engaged in to resolve parenting disputes.

- Child Support

icon-child-supportKay Feeney is a frequent author on this topic and for a period of time held the role of Change of Assessment decision maker.  Kay is able to provide a depth of experience in advising clients in this aspect of post separation finances.

ELDER LAW
Estate planning means making arrangements for your affairs in the event that you are incapacitated or pass away, to ensure that your personal and financial matters are in order. Estate planning includes appointing an enduring power of attorney, making advance health directives and perhaps most importantly, completing a legally binding Will.
- Estate Planning
icon-estate-planningEstate planning means making arrangements for your affairs in the event that you are incapacitated or pass away, to ensure that your personal and financial matters are in order. Estate planning includes appointing an enduring power of attorney, making advance health directives and perhaps most importantly, completing a legally binding Will.
- Wills and Estates
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A Will is a legally binding document that is prepared and signed by you, while you have capacity, which records your wishes and intentions as to how your estate is to be managed and distributed among your nominated beneficiaries.
Wills vary in their complexity and cover details such as who you nominate to be you executor (who will be in charge of the administration of your estate), provisions for your assets and financial liabilities, trusts, gifts, organ donation, and any funeral or bodily remains wishes you may have.

It is important to have your Will prepared by a professional to ensure it meets all of the requirements to be legally binding in order to minimise the chances of a claim being made against your estate.
Having a valid Will can assist in minimising disputes within the family after your passing and ensure that your loved ones are taken care of in accordance with your wishes. One of our Solicitors can help you draft a Will that brings you peace of mind.
A Will is a document that should be reviewed regularly, particularly if there is a change in circumstances of either yourself, an executor or beneficiary. It is important to review your Will following a marital separation or divorce, and prior to getting married.

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THE PROCESS
This practice is about ensuring we are technically correct, using non-defensive, personal and transparent interaction: compliant within the constraints of our legal obligations; provide clients with the security of a solid practical process during times of heightened stress; and that expectations are clear.

 

- Collaborative

icon-collaborativeCollaborative law offers an alternative method of resolving the issues that arise from the breakdown of a domestic relationship. Collaborative law offers a solution that is tailored to your individual circumstances.

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- Mediation

icon-mediationMediation is a cost-effective meeting of the parties to facilitate the resolution of issues without parties having to litigate.

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- Negotiation

 

icon-negotiationNegotiation involves exploring what is most important to each party and trying to reach a resolution that both parties would be willing to settle with and that meets the best interests of the children. You may gain in some aspects but make concessions in other aspects in order to reach a successful resolution.

Through this process of negotiating the various issues that are important to the parties, and consideration of the various needs of the children, the parties may reach agreement.

Negotiation often occurs in conjunction with the other processes described below.

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- Passionate Advocacy

 

icon-passionate-advocacyOur success is based on our insightful and innovative approach to client interaction and dispute resolution. We recognise that we deal in areas of law that cuts to the very heart of our client’s personal lives and we pride ourselves on offering personal attention to the details of every matter by offering a unique and personalized approach.

- Litigation

icon-litigationSometimes parties are unable to reach agreement to resolve their matter and they need to ask the court to make a determination. When the parties engage in court proceedings, this is called litigation.

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