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 to 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 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 be a costly mistake!
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. With a property settlement you will need to know the process to working it all out and what you are entitled to. It is important to understand the legal process and how it works.
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 worthwhile to spend a small amount to get good advice.
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.
At Collier Family Law, we know that money is tight and you want the best value for money. We will recommend that you do some of the legwork yourself to reduce your fees.
For example, you can write out your story – you might find it therapeutic! If the matter is property related, you can gather all your financial records and prepare them for us. You can also fill out an automated letter of instruction. This gives us the information we need to provide you with advice. This will save you at least an hour.
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. Your fees will be lower if you do more than I can.
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. If this isn’t covered with you at the first appointment, ask why.
Is it easy to obtain a consent order?
Yes it really is quite a simple process. It is often the hardest part, usually getting the agreement. 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 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 part is where you will need to have some legal expertise in order for the court to properly word the orders and not miss anything.
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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