Collier Family Lawyers Cairns
Save time, money and sanity
Looking for a Cairns Family Lawyer? And looking to keep your issue out of costly court proceedings – so that you’ll settle your dispute as quickly and as affordably as possible?
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. We offer flexible payment options and affordable rates.
* 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 you contact a Family Lawyer, 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. You are at risk of making mistakes 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. Sometimes you need to choose your battles and not waste your time or money fighting over something that you won’t 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 a lot of information available. You shouldn’t try to diagnose your problem yourself from 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 do I cope with fees? YES! Our time is your money in the legal world. 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.
At Collier Family Law, we know that money is tight and you want the best value for money. This is why we will suggest to you that you can do some of the legwork yourself – as this will reduce your fees.
For example, you can write out your story – you might find it therapeutic! If it is a property matter, you can get together all your financial records and prepare them to give to 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. This will save you at least an hour.
Another time-saver is to have my clients fill out documents in draft so I can check them over. Or they can make their own enquiries if they want, such as getting three quotes from a valued. 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?
Yes it really is quite a simple process. 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. There are two places where the ‘do it yourself’ person comes unstuck. First, there are sections of the form that are more complicated than others and may require legal advice. The second requirement is that consent orders applications must be accompanied with minutes of order. This allows you to outline the orders you wish the court will 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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