Why see a Family Lawyer?
Why see a family lawyer?
You’ve separated or you’re thinking of separating. You’re in a difficult situation, it’s foreign to you, and it’s stressful to you. You need guidance and support you can rely on. What you’re feeling is normal and it is this assistance and support that we provide to people just like you, everyday.
What do Family Lawyers Do?
We meet with you, listen to your situation and concerns, ask you questions so that we fully understand where you are at, and advise you how the law applies to your situation and what your Family Law options are.
How do I make contact?
Phone us on (07) 3221 4300
Email us [email protected]
Or send an appointment request via our website.
Initial appointment – what will it cost me?
We have a fixed cost initial appointment. The fixed cost is only $385 (including GST) to speak with a Solicitor or an Associate, or $440 (including GST) to speak with an Accredited Family Law Specialist (read here for more information on what an accredited Family Law Specialist is). This appointment usually takes about 1.5 hours. There is no other cost for this initial appointment. Once you have spoken with us, if you are feeling comfortable about your situation and what to do next, there is no obligation to see us again. That’s common and that’s fine.
What to bring to the first appointment?
It is almost always better that you come and see us sooner rather than later. Documents are nice to have, but usually not essential for an initial appointment. Most, if not all information we need, you will know. For more information see “What to bring to your first meeting with a Family Lawyer”.
Following the Initial Appointment, how can a Family Lawyer help me?
We provide you with a picture of where you stand, what your options are and what the likely costs will be for you to move forward. We will also provide you with some strategies and suggestions on how to navigate that.
We confidentially formulate a plan with you to move forward. This may involve identifying the essential information and documentation that is needed or, if there is already adequate information available, considering possible offers to try and resolve issues.
We will consider the merits of mediation as it applies to you. There are various types and styles of mediation, there is no ‘one size fits all’. Our aim is to develop a plan for you that will minimise your time, cost and stress.
Our approach is always to focus on trying to achieve a sensible and practical agreement, in as cost-effective a manner as possible and to document that in the most appropriate way for your situation.
Advocating for you
Sometimes it is necessary to make a court application, we’ll advise you if and when such a situation might be and what your options are regarding that. Considering this option is part of your overall strategic planning that we will discuss carefully with you every step of the way.
How can a Family Lawyer help me?
Besides what we have already mentioned, our focus is to make sure you have no surprises.
Our commitment to you is that;
- you understand what is happening and why,
- you have no surprises, and
- you are following a plan. Your plan, not someone else’s. A plan developed in consultation with you.
If you believe you would like Family Law advice, please contact Michael Lynch Family Lawyers on (07) 3221 4300 or by filling out our online form here, and we will be able to assist you.