Collier Family Lawyers Cairns
Save time, money and sanity
Need a Family Lawyer in Cairns? You want to settle your dispute as quickly as possible without the need for costly court proceedings.
Nardine Collier is a Family law attorney and has been practicing for more than 26 years. She is an accredited specialist on divorce & family and has successfully resolving hundreds of cases (focusing primarily on equitable dividing property, divorcing and children’s matters).
We know that money is tight, and that you want the best legal advice possible. This is why we offer affordable rates and flexible payment options.
* Family law attorney
* Family Law Specialist
* Cairns Divorce Lawyer
* Cairns Family Lawyers
* Arrangements for Children
* Separation & Divorce
* DIY Divorce
* Division of assets
We look forward to speaking with you today.
Collier Family Lawyers Cairns: Frequently Asked Questions.
When should I contact a Family Lawyer? The sooner the better! We have people contact even us before they have separated for advice as to what they can do to start protecting assets in case it all goes pear shaped; or just to find out what they need to do. The sooner you get the advice you need, the sooner you can start getting on with what needs to be done to sort out your family law matters. We will discuss your situation and give you a checklist to help you make the process easier.
Do I really need a Family lawyer? Can’t I just do it myself? You might be tempted to not get legal advice, because it may seem too expensive or unnecessary. In the same way you wouldn’t think of building a house unless you had the expertise to do so, you run the risk of getting it wrong if you don’t get legal advice. This could prove to be costly!
You really do need to know whether you are on the right track with what you think you are entitled to and what might be done if you end up before a judge. You need to pick your battles sometimes and not waste time and money arguing about something you are just not going to get. You will need to understand the process of settling a property dispute and what your rights are. You need to know what legal steps have to be taken, and how to go about it.
Every case is unique and you won’t get the same outcome as your mate. There is also a lot of information out there and just like a medical issue you really shouldn’t self diagnose from Dr Google!! It is worth it, to outlay what is really only a small sum in the scheme of things, to get some good advice to get you started.
Can I save money on my legal fees? How can I manage fees? YES! In the lawyer world, our time is your money. Most lawyers charge based on how long they spend on your file. This means that the more time your lawyer spends working on your file, then the more it will cost you.
Collier Family Law understands that money is tight. We want to give you the best value for your money. We will recommend that you do some of the legwork yourself to reduce your fees.
You can, for example, write your story. It might be therapeutic! If the matter is property related, you can gather all your financial records and prepare them for us. We also have an automated letter of instruction which you fill in, and it gives us the background we need from you to give you advice. You doing this yourself will save at least an hour of time.
As another great time saver I regularly have my clients fill in documents in draft for me to check over; or make their own enquiries where they can – for example, getting three quotes from a valuer. The more you can do, the less I need to, which reduces your fees.
Remember also – your Cairns family lawyers MUST give you a proper estimate of fees at the start of your engagement with them, and keep giving you further estimates throughout the life of your file. Ask why this is not covered at your first appointment.
Is a consent order an easy process?
It is very simple. The hard part is usually reaching the agreement in the first place! But once you’ve done that, filling in an application for consent orders is reasonably straightforward. The ‘do-it-yourself’ person will find it difficult in two areas. Firstly there are a couple of sections in the form that are not as straightforward as other parts of the form and might require some legal advice. The second is that the application for consent orders must be accompanied by minutes of order where you set out the orders you want the court to make. This is the part that does require some legal expertise in order to make sure the orders are worded correctly and you don’t miss things out.
Our service areas:
* Bently Park
* Mount Sheridan
* Cairns City
* Edge Hill
* Wharf Street, Cairns QLD 4870
* Spence Street, Cairns QLD 4870
* Lake Street, Cairns QLD 4870
* Bunda Street, Cairns QLD 4870
Collier Family Lawyers Cairns
Suite 1/132 Collins AveCairns City QLD 4870Australia
07 4214 5666
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