Frequently Asked Questions
We are based at Terrigal on the Central Coast of New South Wales and offer services to clients across Australia.
How much does a family lawyer cost in Australia?

There are many tasks a family lawyer can help you with. The cost for the family lawyer to do that for you will depend on the complexity of the task and the time taken. Most family lawyers use time based billing to calculate their fees. There are some jobs such as a Divorce Application or Drafting a Will which a lawyer will do for a fixed fee. At Meares Law, we focus on delivering you the best possible outcome and resolving your issue at the earliest opportunity. This means that your costs are kept as low as possible. If you would like to enquire about our rates, please email us (link office@meareslaw.com.au) or call us on 1300 05 36 36.

What if you can’t afford a family lawyer?

If you can’t afford a family lawyer, you may be entitled to make an application to Legal Aid for funding for your family law matter. This includes for parenting matters and some property matters. Michelle Meares is a Legal Aid Family Law Panel Lawyer and she can assist you with your Legal Aid Application. There are means tests and merits tests which are applied.

When should I hire a family lawyer?

If you are considering separation, it is important to speak to a lawyer as early as possible so you understand your rights and entitlements. This will help protect your assets and your children if parenting is an issue. There are a range of steps you can take to protect your position and this should be done as early as possible. The best time to talk to a lawyer is before you separate. The next best time is now. Contact us today.

I have been injured. Can I claim compensation?

If you have been injured at work, on the road or in a public or private location, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the loss and harm you have suffered. There are strict time limits for these type of claims. Contact us today.

Do I need a will?

Yes everybody should have a will. If you die without a will, you die intestate. This means you have no control over how your estate is distributed. Your estate will be distributed according to intestacy provisions in the Succession Act 2006 in New South Wales. If you die intestate, it can cause your family to have to incur costs by making an application to the Supreme Court to finalise your estate and results in avoidable distress for your family to resolve your financial affairs following your death.

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