- Immediate relief.
From your initial consultation you will gain valuable insight into your legal situation and the best course of action to achieve resolution.
We take time to understand your unique circumstances.
- Total confidence.
We take care of everything – our extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge means we provide the best possible legal solution quickly and cost effectively.
- No surprises.
We keep you informed – we regularly communicate progress with you and ensure you are always aware of your legal costs – no hidden fees or surprises.
- A true partner.
You will never feel alone in this process with McLaughlins Lawyers on your team.
What to expect at your Initial Consultation
- Is there anything I can do to prepare?
Our free online interactive questionnaire can help you gather your thoughts and relevant information before your initial consultation. The system asks questions about your circumstances, then gives you a summary of where you stand and what might come next. You can even put together the historical details of your relationship in your own time and space. Using this tool will answer many of the questions that follow.
Clients say it helps them feel more prepared, and less anxious about what lies ahead.
- Will it be confidential?
Absolutely. We are bound by solicitor / client confidentiality. We understand you may not wish for us to have any further communication with you in case it may alert the other party that you have already sought advice.
- How long will it take?
We usually allow about 1 hour for an initial consultation, but if your matter requires a longer time to discuss then you will not be charged any more.
- How much will it cost?
As at 30 August 2016 our initial consultation rates are:-
Partner or Senior Associate $440.00 (incl GST).
- What do I need to bring?
Knowledge. We need to know information from you such as:-
- Dates of your relationship, such as when you started living together, married and when you separated;
- What the assets and liabilities of your relationship are. Eg:-
o Real property;
o Mortgage debts;
o Other debts like Tax and credit cards;
o Investment properties;
- Details of the assets and liabilities at the start of your relationship;
- Any significant matters that happened during the relationship such as an inheritance, gift or compensation claim.
- Where will we meet?
We have two offices available; Southport and Burleigh.
- I’ve never seen a lawyer before and I’m nervous.
We understand the myriad of emotions which you are experiencing at the moment. You are encountering one of the most stressful times in your life. We’re here to assist you, offer guidance and direction. We’re on your side.
- How much more will my matter cost?
Estimated costs vary from matter to matter depending on a range of factors such as:-
- Whether your matter is suitable for mediation or negotiation rather than Court;
- Whether your matter is already in Court;
- Whether your matter is complex or straight forward;
- Valuation or Expert Reports may add to your costs;
- How the other party and their lawyers participate.
- Can I bring a support person?
Of course. We always encourage a support person who will be able to think of other questions for you or just take in the information we provide to you. A second set of ears never go astray.
- Can I bring my former spouse or partner?
No. We can only act for one party and if we see the other person, this may give rise to a conflict where we would not be able to act for either of you.