Collier Family Lawyers Cairns
Save time, money and sanity
Need a family lawyer in Cairns? You want to avoid costly court proceedings so that your dispute can be settled as quickly and affordably as possible.
Nardine Collier is a Family Law Attorney who has been practicing for over 26 years. She is a specialist in divorce and family law and has successfully handled hundreds of cases.
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
* Divorce Lawyer Cairns
Cairns Family Lawyers
* Arrangements for Children
* Separation & Divorce
* DIY Divorce
* Division of assets
We look forward speaking with you today.
Collier Family Lawyers Cairns FAQ
When should I contact an attorney for family law? The sooner you contact a family lawyer, 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 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 need a Family Lawyer? Can't I do it myself? You may be tempted not to get legal advice because you think it is expensive or not really necessary. You wouldn't build a house without the right expertise, so why would you risk making a mistake if you don’t get legal advice? This could be a costly mistake!
You need to be sure that you are on track and know what could happen 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. You will need to understand the property settlement process and what your rights are. You need to know what legal steps have to be taken, and how to go about it.
Each case is unique and what worked for your friend may not work for you. You can also find a lot of useful information online. But, just like with a medical problem, you shouldn't try to diagnose yourself using Dr 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.
Can I save money on my legal fees? How can I manage my fees? YES! In the world of law, your time is our money. Most lawyers charge based on the time they spend working on your file. The more time your lawyer spends working on your file, you will pay more.
We at Collier Family Law understand that money is a concern and you want to get the best deal possible. This is why we will suggest to you that you can do some of the legwork yourself - as this will reduce your fees.
You can also write your story. It could be therapeutic for you! If it is a property matter, you can get together all your financial records and prepare them to give to us. You can also fill out an automated letter that gives us all the information we need to give you advice. By doing this yourself, you will save 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. The more you can do, the less I need to, which reduces your fees.
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. Ask why this wasn't discussed with you during your first appointment.
Is a consent order an easy process?
Yes it really is quite a simple process. The hard part is usually reaching the agreement in the first place! Once you've reached an agreement, it is fairly straightforward to fill out a consent order application. 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. Second, the consent order application must be accompanied with a minutes of order in which you state the orders that you want the court make. This is the part that does require some legal expertise in order to make sure the orders are worded correctly and you don't miss things out.
Our service areas:
* Mount Sheridan
* Cairns City
* Wharf St, Cairns QLD 4888
* Spence Street, Cairns QLD 4870
* Lake Street, Cairns QLD4870
* Bunda Street, Cairns QLD 4870
Cairns City is a coastal suburb at the centre of Cairns in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia. It is also known as the Cairns Central Business District (CBD). In the 2016 census, Cairns City had a population of 2,737 people. == Geography == The suburb is bounded to the north-west by Upward Street, to the north-east by Trinity Bay (16.9118°S 145.7818°E / -16.9118; 145.7818 (Trinity Bay)), to the east by Trinity Inlet (16.9264°S 145.7831°E / -16.9264; 145.7831 (Trinity Inlet)), and the railway lines to the south. The North Coast railway line enters the suburb from the south (Portsmith) and then follows the suburb's south-west boundary to the Cairns railway station (16.9251°S 145.7707°E / -16.9251; 145.7707 (Cairns railway station)) where the line terminates.
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