Collier Family Lawyers Cairns
Save time, money and sanity
Need a Family Lawyer in Cairns? 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 understand that money is tight and that you need the best legal advice. 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 the better! Even before separation, people call us to get advice on how to protect assets in the event of a messy divorce. 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 with you and give you a checklist of things to think about and attend to in order to streamline the process as much as possible
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!
It is important to know if you are on the right path with what you believe you are entitled to, and what to do if you find yourself in front of 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. With a property settlement you will need to know the process to working it all out and what you are entitled to. 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.
How can I save money on legal fees? How do I cope with 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, the more time your lawyer spends on your file, the more it costs 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.
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. 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 a consent order an easy process?
It is very simple. The hard part is usually reaching the agreement in the first place! Once you have reached an agreement, filling out a consent order application is relatively easy. There are two places where the ‘do it yourself’ person comes unstuck. 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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