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When we work with you, we’re by your side every step of the way. We’ll be supportive and caring. We'll be pragmatic and decisive. You ask, we'll answer. Our emphasis is on negotiation, not litigation. Our approach is focused on getting you to a better place.

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Latest Blogs & News

Adjusting your property settlement for future needs is crucial in protecting your financial future.

Are my future needs considered in Family Law property settlements?

Negotiating and finalising the division of assets, commonly called property settlement, can happen at any time after separation. In this article, we will look at how the future needs of both parties are considered during property settlement negotiations.
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How are pets treated in family law disputes?

Pets in family law - property or parenting?

For most couples who separate, parenting arrangements and/or property settlements are at the forefront of their mind. But what happens to the family dog, cat or any other pet who was a member of the family unit?
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Using caveats in family law property settlement

Caveats in family law

Caveats can be a great tool to protect your interests before or while formalising a property settlement. This article explores how caveats work in Australia, and in Victoria in particular, and how they can be used in family law proceedings.
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How is testamentary capacity assessed?

What is testamentary capacity and how is it assessed?

There are many factors which may affect a person’s testamentary capacity. In this article, we look at how testamentary capacity is assessed, what evidence is required and options for a Statutory Will.
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