FAQ: What to expect at your Initial Consultation

  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. How much will it cost?

As at 1 September 2017 our initial consultation rate is:-

Partner or Senior Associate $440.00 (incl GST)


  1. 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:-
  1. Real property;
  2. Mortgage debts;
  3. Other debts like Tax and credit cards;
  4. Investment properties;
  5. Superannuation;
  • Whether there are any Companies or Trusts;
  • 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


Should you require assistance with any family law matters please contact one of our family lawyers today on (07) 5591 5099.

Author & Director: Sophie Pearson

Date: 13/09/2017