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Advice before making any statement to police or other authority is usually recommended and our telephone system enables 24/7 access to a lawyer; advising on management of court proceedings and appearances in all Courts and tribunals; conducting negotiations with and making representations to police and the Director of Public Prosecutions where appropriate; court appearances.
Powers of Attorney: Appointment of Enduring Guardians; Advanced Health Care Directives; Wills; Probate Applications; Deceased Estate Administration and Distribution; claims by eligible persons to contest Wills. We advise avoiding “do-it-yourself Will kits” as you will not be around to clarify interpretation issues if they arise. The cost of fending off contests by eligible persons can quickly erode estate assets. Its also desirable to minimise drama for your executor (the person you appoint your Will to administer your estate)
ESTATE PLANNING AND WILLS
Divorce; living arrangements for children and who they spend time with; division of property of marriages and relationships generally.
Liability limited by a scheme under Professional Standards Legislation
Child Protection and Care.
Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS)
If a child's life becomes risky, dangerous, or threatened, FaCS has power to intervene and remove children and place them with safer carers like family or foster care.
The process is supervised and if necessary determined by a magistrate in the Children's Court. Children, parents, and other people with an interest in the court case. They can have significant impact on management of the court process and the final outcome.
The law places emphasis on achieving restoration of children to their parents wherever possible.
A Children's Court case takes months and may involve parents undertaking parental skills or other programs designed to adequately equip them to resume the care of their children.
Departmental investigations and assessments may also be undertaken as well as conferences with the Court Registrar coordinating meetings of all parties. We are experienced in representing people involved in a Children's Court case.
At these times it's vital that parents maintain good working relationships with FaCS; That they strictly comply with child contact regimes; And that they be open and receptive to guidance from experts.
We are able to guide parents and other family members through this process in a caring and professional way. Our aim is always to provide the best advice, assistance and representation for you to achieve an outcome which is in the children's best interests.
Marriage, Child Support, Custody