Family Law Springfield and Lawyers Ipswich
Divorce and Separation Specialists
We know how important it is to handle all issues of separation and divorce for our clients so that the impact on them and their families is as minimal as possible. Our experienced Lawyers Ipswich recognise how important it is to keep our clients out of litigation, only encouraging this as a last resort. If litigation is pursued, our clients can be confident that our experienced lawyers are going to work in the most efficient and determined way possible, to ensure that the client’s interest and rights are enforced.
Parenting disputes, Child Support, and Other Disputes: One of the hardest issues for couples that are separating or divorcing is determining what is best for their children. Our law firm have dealt with many parenting and child support matters. We know first-hand how stressful this may be for them and their children.
When seeking a Springfield Ipswich QLD family law practice, clients are looking for the best team of solicitors that can well avoid the hassle of litigation, especially when their children are concerned.
Our law firm avoid litigation unless it is absolutely necessary, encouraging and assisting our clients to best resolve family law issues outside of the court system. Aiming to arrive at the fairest and equal resolutions possible for all parties involved, our lawyers guarantee to always do what is right and best for our clients.
Even more, we also strive to be the voice of reason for all of our clients’ legal issues, regardless of whether they’re divorcing or separating.
Domestic Violence & Spousal Maintenance Legal Support
Domestic violence is a crime that causes personal injury. It happens much more often than people tend to realise. Most parties involved with family violence that causes personal injury believe a common misconception that there is little the government can do about the issue, but they are wrong. With the help of lawyers, there are certain laws to help people that experienced injury and feel the fear of domestic abuse in their lives.
As one of the leading team of lawyers in Ipswich, we feel that we have a personal obligation to the community to provide legal advice and right service that makes them feel confident and sure of their personal safety. When we are contacted about any areas that have to do with family violence, our lawyers take all of the right steps to assure our clients are both safe in body and mind, and always going beyond the standard to get the job done.
Leading Ipswich Solicitors In The Areas Of Financial Agreements and Business Settlements
One of the many reasons our team are one of the top solicitors in Springfield Ipswich is our work with financial agreements and business property settlements. We have vast and right service experience over the years handling financial agreements and property law issues.
Family Law Mediation Services in Ipswich
Amanda Kent is an Accredited Law Mediator (officially referred to as an Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner). You can view her registration details at the following Attorney-General’s Department site: https://www.fdrr.ag.gov.au/OutletDetails.aspx?Id=0502b30e-1bca-43a4-b786-451e22de8edd
As an accredited law mediator Amanda is qualified to conduct dispute resolution sessions in accordance with the law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008.
Generally speaking, the law requires separating families who have a dispute about children or property to make a genuine effort to try to sort it out through dispute resolution before applying to the court for law orders.
In some cases family dispute resolution will not be appropriate and therefore may not be required before proceeding to court. These situations may include situations where there is violence and urgent court applications.
Where the exemptions mentioned above do not apply, you will need a certificate from a family dispute resolution practitioner (known as a Section 60I Certificate) before resolving your matter in court.
Amanda’s expert advice and legal services as a mediator can be retained directly by the parties or via their solicitors. You don’t need a solicitor to be with you for the mediation, but a lot of people find it beneficial. Mediations can take anywhere from a few hours to all day.
Amanda’s role when she is acting as a family dispute resolution practitioner is that of a confidential, independent and impartial person who can help the parties by:
1. identifying the major points of issue;
2. helping facilitate the understanding and exploration of all possible options; and
3. documenting any agreed terms.
A mediator does not give legal advice and does not make a decision which is binding on the parties. The main benefits of family dispute resolution are that it often prevents a frustrating, costly and time-consuming court case. Furthermore, it provides an outcome that you have had an active role in formulating and have agreed to. This places you in much more control than if an outcome is simply imposed on you from a judge.
Find The Most Professional Family Mediation Services Near You
If you are in need of advice for law mediation service, please contact us during our opening hours and get in touch with Amanda at our business office. Our friendly team can conduct mediations either here in the Springfield Ipswich area or at another location closer to the parties – give us a call today.
We Can Help You Find Answers To Legal Matters!
At Brookwater Legal, our team of professionals will ensure that you get the legal advice and answers you are looking for. Get in touch with us during our business hours and you can find a probate, estate and wills lawyer with years of experience in Greater Springfield Ipswich to offer well-thought-out advice on a wide range of areas:
Disputes over the deceased’s estate or will
Matters regarding the meaning of the will
Disputes over a will seen as unfair
Reviews of suspicious wills
Protection over inheritance in cases of a will dispute
Help for executors during the administration of the estate
Matters dealing with trustee companies
Applications for a grant of probate or letters of administration
Transfer of land or other business property work after the death of an owner
Brookwater Legal is a community first law practice that is experienced in providing service to the Greater Springfield and Ipswich region.Brookwater Legal aims to help both small businesses and individuals with a variety of services. We specialise in matters dealing with probate and wills for those in Ipswich and Greater Springfield. For those who are searching for a probate and wills lawyer in Greater Springfield and Ipswich areas, they can find no better help than from us.
When someone you’ve known has died there is the matter of what is to happen to their estate. It’s possible you’ve been appointed as the Executor of the estate, or perhaps a household member has died without a will. Alternatively, you may have concerns that the deceased did not have the mental capacity to make the will or you may simply want to know if you are entitled to be provided for out of the estate under Queensland law. If you have any of these concerns, you need help of the right lawyers who have the experience in these situations deciding what to do. For those looking for a grant of probate, you can find expert assistance at Brookwater Legal.
When a loved one passes, it is a challenging time for all involved. By having a plan set in place you can make sure that your assets go where you intend after you pass. If you’re over 18 years of age and of sound mind, you can prepare your will at anytime. Up until you die, you can alter your will as many times and as often as you want. If you die without a will, your loved ones left behind may find finalising your affairs much more difficult and expensive than it need be.
Powers of Attorney
During your life, there may come a time where you can’t make your own decisions. This may be because you are incapacitated, or simply because you are overseas and uncontactable. To ensure that you’re affairs are taken care of, you may want to place someone you trust in charge of your health and/or financial matters. This process is known as granting someone as a Power of Attorney or an Enduring Power of Attorney. The attorney you appoint can immediately help you with financial matters or take care of it when you’re no longer of sound mind. When it comes to matters concerning your health, your attorney will handle any matter when you lose mental capacity. Your attorney can be anyone of your choosing who is over 18 years old, but it can’t be a paid caretaker or a healthcare provider.
A General Power of Attorney (that is non-enduring) can be appointed to address immediate requirements. General Power of Attorney is usually utilised in businesses for when one person is absent and needs someone to sign off on things on their behalf. These attorneys do not endure in times of mental incapacity.
There’s one last appointment that a person can make, which is an Advanced Health Directive. This ensures that specific matters regarding your health care are carried out according to your wishes. Again, you can choose anyone over the age of 18 years old. They need to be able to understand the nature of their directions and can foresee how those directions can affect you. Your Directive is only in effect when you have lost the ability to make your own decisions.
Other Legal Services Our Law Firm Provides
- Inheritance Protection. If you’ve been named as a Beneficiary in someone’s will and someone tries to challenge your inheritance, you risk the chance of it being reduced and you could lose it all. You might not be able to stop the challenge, but you can get help from one of our lawyers who has the experience if you are around Park Street, Ipswich to manage the challenge.
- Administering an Estate. When someone close to you dies, always take right caution when it comes to what you need to do next. Law Executors can be personally liable to beneficiaries and creditors if they get it wrong. Our team of Ipswich Lawyers are here to help you with law guidance through our legal services during such an emotional time so that you can properly and effectively deal with distributing inheritances and dealing with debtors and creditors.
- Challenging a Will. Sometimes you may find that you don’t agree with how your loved one left their will. If you feel that their estate hasn’t been handled fairly, there are legal options you can get from our Ipswich lawyers.
Pricing Policy for ADF Members
As part of our commitment to the ADF community, all current permanent ADF members receive:
- 10% discount on professional fees for all matters other than residential conveyancing; and
- $100.00 discount off professional fees for residential conveyancing matters (except conveyancing fees reimbursed under by HPSEA).
Further, the following groups will also receive a 10% discount on professional fees:
- Any current or retired ADF member who is the recipient of an award for valour, gallantry or courage;
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card holders; and
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs White Card holder whose injury or illness has been accepted by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs as being caused by war-like service.
Who Are The Brookwater Legal Ipswich Lawyers?
At Brookwater Legal Firm, we have a team of dedicated and professional lawyers Ipswich that can use their years of experience and expertise well to help you in your time of need. Our expert advice are here to ensure that you find comfort in this emotional time with affordable prices. For those looking for a probate, estate and wills lawyer near Park Street, Ipswich QLD 4305 and Springfield. We pride ourselves on being local, flexible and accessible. Call us today!
Our team is committed in handling your legal matter, from complex family law matters, commercial matters, or your first house or land purchase. Our team is not only a local team but an understanding team. We service Greater Springfield, Ipswich and surrounding suburbs.
In 2015, husband and wife Dale and Christie Hooper opened the firm for business with the aim of assisting both individuals and small business, in particular, the people of Greater Springfield and any current or veteran ADF members.
Dale Hooper began his legal career in North Queensland before following a family tradition by joining the Royal Australian Air Force. Throughout these two parts of Dale’s career, he has had the opportunity to work in numerous areas of the law, including property, conveyancing, litigation, family law, employment law, administrative law, disciplinary tribunals, wills and commercial law.