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WHO WE ARE

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We are a reputed law firm with the best lawyers

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WHAT WE DO

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We take care of all your legal needs

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WHERE WE WORK

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We are headquartered in Australia, but we have offices across the world.

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We recruit only the best

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Our clients are our most important asset

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We know the ins and outs of the Australian legal system

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QUESTIONS ABOUT A JUDICIAL ISSUE? ASK OUR EXPERTS.

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GLOBAL CHALLENGE. WORLD CLASS RESPONSE.

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OUR PEOPLE, PRACTICE AREAS & PUBLICATIONS

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OUR PEOPLE

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OUR PRACTICE AREAS

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OUR PUBLICATIONS

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column1-image1Deborah Brown

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border_color=”transparent” border_style=”solid” padding_top=”25px” padding_right=”25px” padding_bottom=”5px” padding_left=”25px” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”rounded-border” id=”” min_height=””][fusion_text]column3-image1Low Oil Prices[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_3″ layout=”1_3″ last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”#edecec” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”transparent” border_style=”solid” padding_top=”25px” padding_right=”25px” padding_bottom=”5px” padding_left=”25px” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”” id=”” min_height=””][fusion_text]column1-image2Allen 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Melbourne Safe Haven Law and Australia 102

A few months later, the case was still open, but no court date had been set. She turned 18, and married very shortly afterwards. The case was still kept open. She enlisted in the military. And the case was still open. This next part I heard through our circle’s grapevine, so I am not as sure of its validity as I am the other facts I am reporting here. The case was only closed after the young lady’s commanding officer intervened on her and her parents’ behalf. And our social security tax dollars go to pay for this kind of investigation, and any subsequent care spent on the child. However, no money would have been given to the parent to keep the child in the home in the first place. Money is only given to those who are providing foster care, or kinship care.

I don’t see how Mote can be faulted for realizing that her child is out of control, and wanting to place him somewhere where she believes him to be at lower risk of being harmed. Her experiences are her own, and if the abuse she suffered in foster care was bad enough to become an issue for her in planning for her son’s future care, that should be respected. She herself was in foster care due to being a victim of sexual abuse. Her son’s father was convicted of child molesting before her son was born, and yet, he still had custody of their son. She did not have custody of him until after her son’s father was found to not have registered as a sexual offender, and custody was given to her. Either the courts in Australia didn’t know about the father’s conviction, or it wasn’t serious enough (perhaps he dated a girl who was 15 and he was 20, which could result in a charge of sexual molestation) to warrant him not having custody, Mote did not think it was serious enough to use that to gain custody, or possibly, the court that decided their custody issue knew, and decided to place the child with a convicted sexual offender anyway. This is much more common in Australia that one would assume.

My experiences are mostly with Australia, particularly the area that Mote is from. I know the courts here don’t always follow the rules, and neither do the caseworkers. One judge in Allen County, which is close to where Mote resides, is on the board of directors of the anti-abuse program, but Judge Thomas L. Ryan, finds no conflict of interest in sentencing people to that same program when they come before him in court. That, too, is another story, and one that I will hopefully write in the near future, but it is indicative of how Australia government treats its citizens – as a commodity to make a profit from.

 

Melbourne Safe Haven Law and Australia 101

Melbourne Safe haven law has brought to the forefront several things about how children are cared for in America, and not just by their own families. Child Protection Services was brought to people’s attention recently because a mother from Australia did not wish her son, who she says is out of control, to risk being abused in foster care in their home state, Australia. Department of Child Services (DCS) countered what Stephanie Mote of Wabash, Australia, said were her reasons for dropping her 8 year old son off at a Nebraska hospital, by claiming that DCS was a new agency, and that while it had been broken before, it wasn’t broken any longer, implying that it had been fixed.

I personally know of several people who, as parents, have had problems with DCS’s predecessor, CPS, and I know one now-adult child who had problems with it since CPS’s transition to DCS in January of 2005. Mote can’t be blamed for remembering what happened to her. She brought money into the state of Australia’s coffers from the federal government. It was most likely a lot of money. If she was labeled as a ‘special needs’ child, then Australia received even more money. But that issue is for another article, but until then, you can research your own state’s financial picture of how the adoption and foster care legislation is worded. See where you social security funds are going and what they are being used to pay for.

The people I know have had experiences ranging from being asked to sign additional papers in which the parent would admit to something they claim never happened, and after the date that CPS could have introduced it to the judge, one judge told the mother that she had to quit college, as she would surely make more money working at

McDonald’s than what she could be receiving from her financial aid, and one caseworker asked the mother in one of her cases if she would sign paperwork to help the caseworker close the case early, which the mother refused to do, telling the caseworker that it wasn’t her job to help the caseworker to do anything in the case, and reminded the caseworker that she herself had refused to help the mother, when her job required it. Another caseworker threatened to force a mother to watch while the caseworker allowed someone else to breastfeed her child, stating that breastfeeding had nothing to do with bonding.

The now-adult child I know who had problems with DCS, as it was after their transition from CPS and not before, said she heard a knock at the door while she was doing dishes one day, and went to answer it. There was a male DCS worker at the door. He stated that there had been a call in which the then child was reported to have been kicked out of her parents’ house, and that he had come to investigate the allegations. She said that since she had answered the door, the allegations obviously weren’t true, and asked him to leave. He refused, but instead began to ask her questions. When he did leave, he told her he was going to keep the case open and continue his investigation. Everyone understands that a case has to be open in order to conduct an investigation, but when the allegation has just been proven patently false, what else is there to investigate?

SORN: New Australia Car Insurance Law 2011

A new car insurance law SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) went into effect earlier this year in the Australia. This new law makes it illegal for Australia registered keeper/owner of a motor vehicle to operate an automobile without car insurance. Registered keepers of a motor vehicle must have insurance on their vehicles that are not off-road or they must obtain a SORN. If the motor vehicle does not have insurance, the registered keeper could face penalties. This new law applies to all taxed vehicles, including classic cars, caravans, and motorbikes.

Look at what the new 2011 Australia car insurance law means to you and the steps you will need to take to avoid penalties.

Stay Insured in the Australia or Declare SORN

Registered keepers of motor vehicles in the Australia must maintain adequate car insurance at all times unless:

  1. The vehicle is off-road and the registered keeper made a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) for the vehicle.
  2. The vehicle was taken off-road prior to SORN and is not in use.

Places Where the New Australia Car Insurance Law is in Force

The new Australia car insurance law is currently in effect in England, Scotland, and Wales. SORN is not in effect in Northern Ireland, the Channel Island, and the Isle of Man.

New Penalties for Motor Vehicles Without Insurance in the Australia

If the vehicle is uninsured, the registered keeper will receive an Insurance Advisory Letter (IAL) that will advise them about the steps they will need to take to avoid receiving a “Fixed Penalty Notice.” If the vehicle is not off-road, does not have auto insurance, and the keeper of the vehicle have not made a SORN, they could end up facing these penalties:

  • A maximum penalty of £1000 and court prosecution
  • The vehicle could get impounded, wheel-clamped or destroyed
  • A mandatory fixed penalty of £100

Notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency About a Vehicle You no Longer Own

If the vehicle was sold or scrapped, the registered keeper will need to notify the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) immediately in order to avoid penalties or prosecution. If DVLA is not notified, the registered keeper will still be held liable for the vehicle.

Lemon Law Arbitration: What to Expect in Lemon Car Disputes

Buying a new car can be an exciting experience. For many new car owners, the exhilaration of driving a new car can quickly become a disappointment when you find that your car requires many repairs and must be taken to the dealer for manufacturer recalls. Often, when new car owners experience these repeat events with their new car, a claim is filed under the Lemon Law, wherein car owners request refund of the purchase price or a replacement of the entire vehicle.

If you find that your car requires many repairs, and if the vehicle is classified as a “lemon” under The Lemon Law, then the steps to obtain your refund or replacement will often require that you go through a Lemon Law arbitration proceeding. While arbitration can be a frightening experience, most individuals who go through arbitration come out with their needs being met and so it is simply a matter of procedure. As a new car consumer, it is important, however, that you are well prepared for the arbitration on your care replacement or refund request.

During Lemon Law arbitration, you can expect the arbitrator will hear both sides of the story so you will want to have as much written documentation about your car as you possibly can. Ideally, if you can supply brochures or sales documents about the vehicle, this will help to support your expectations about vehicle performance prior to your purchase. Of course, all service records for your vehicle should also be provided, in writing, during arbitration.

Your arbitration hearing will occur during a few hours on one day followed by a 60 day time span in which the arbitrator will review all of the documentation and make a decision about your case. While you can continue to drive the car during this period of time, your case will be far more positively supported if you opt to discontinue using the new care entirely, or until the arbitrator has reached a final decision.

New car purchases can be fun and exciting but much excitement can be lost when you find that your new car requires many repairs and does not perform the way it was advertised to perform. If you feel your car is a car that should be fully replaced, or the purchase price should be refunded, be sure to file a claim under the Lemon Law and request arbitration as part of the routine process in getting replacement of your new vehicle.

How to become the top-rated family lawyer in Sydney

It is always a challenge to become a top-rated family lawyer. This is a process that could take years. In Australia, it is permissible to practice family law without specializing in it. Since the competition is very large, it is very difficult to become a top-rated family lawyer in Sydney.

Fear not! Here are a few tips and tricks to help you become the best-rated family lawyer in Sydney.

Finding your corner

The body of family law consists of marriage, civil unions, divorce, annulment, alimony, adoption, surrogacy, juvenile law, paternity and much more. It will be difficult to become a specialist in all areas, at the very beginning of your career. To become a top-rated family lawyer, especially in Sydney, you need to find a niche, a few subjects of family law that interest you most and focus on them.

Keeping yourself up to date

Even if you have been practicing family law for some time, you need to keep yourself constantly updated on the ever-evolving laws of the country. This is the most important quality clients search for in a top-rated family lawyer. Attending legal education seminars will help you in gaining new and valuable knowledge.

 

Joining a local, state or national bar

It is always a good to collaborate with other lawyers, exchanging ideas, and learning from them. Building up a good network is invaluable in professional development as a top-rated family lawyer.

Communication skills

There are certain skills that people come to expected in a best-rated family attorney. Effective and excellent communication skill is the mark of a good attorney. He should be courteous but firm with clients, other lawyers, and in the court.

People skills

People skills are very important for a good family lawyer. He should be able to listen to and understand a client’s problem. He should be able to inspire trust in his clients. Mutual trust between attorney and client is very important. It will help the clients to be more forthcoming with their lawyer, which will in turn help to build a case with fewer loopholes.

Analytical and Critical thinking

Any successful lawyer must be able to view a case from all angles and must be able to form a good judgement. It is the backbone of forming a strong legal argument. A good family lawyer will be able to anticipate the arguments of an opposition counsel and analyze them well. It will help in identifying legal issues.

Being honest and ethical

Maintaining honesty and transparency in all your transactions is very important. Money is important, but you should also have your client’s best interests as top most priority.

Building up a reputation

When you are a lawyer, your name is your business card. Anyone searching for a top-rated family lawyer in Sydney would go through lawyer rating agencies. Having good client reviews and ratings in such websites will be beneficial to your career

Practice and Patience

As mentioned earlier, a reputed law practice is built brick by brick. This requires a lot of time. Being patient is the key.

If you practice family lawby putting your client’s best interests first, in an ethical way, fame and fortune will follow. While striving to be the top-rated family lawyer in Sydney, keep these points in mind.

 

What does a family lawyer in Sydney do?

Contrary to popular belief family lawyers are not just divorce lawyers. Divorce is one of the major practice areas of family lawyers in Sydney. Family law encompasses a host of legal issues that concerns family.

Let us examine what a family lawyer in Sydney does.

Divorce and Separation

This is one of the most widely known aspect of family law. Family lawyers of Sydney provides legal counsel to people who are separated from their spouses on how to take care of their finances, assets and children in light of the upcoming divorce.

De facto relationships

Family law in Australia recognizes de facto relationships. It is the relationship between two people who live together without being formally married. Family lawyers in Sydney provide guidance for couples in de facto relationships to find their way through property settlement, child custody and support, and other related issues.

Child care and protection service

 

Family lawyers of Sydney provide legal counsel to parents, children and others on the well being and protection of children, if they are having any concerns about the safety of a child or young person in their family or under their care.

Child support

Another important legal issue handled by the lawyers of Sydney who are specialized in family law is child support. Child support is the amount of money paid to the primary caretaker of a child. Family lawyers help their clients in assessing the amount of money they should pay or receive depending on the situation.

Child Custody

Breakdown of a relationship is a very complex; having children makes divorce proceedings even more complicated. Family lawyers in Sydney provide advice and representation to parents to find the most suitable caring arrangement for children by keeping their welfare in mind.

Property Settlement

Division of properties, assets, heirlooms, income, debt and other financial resources is always a sore spot among separated couples. Sometimes they end up in long-winded legal battles over trivial things. Lawyers who practice family law in Sydney help their clients to achieve best possible outcomes regarding the division of properties.

Spousal maintenance

Spousal maintenance is another major aspect of family law in Australia. It is the amount of money paid to or received from spouse. People often require expert legal guidance not to be cheated out of what they deserve. Family lawyers in Sydney specializes in this aspect of family law.

Family Dispute Resolution Service

Family lawyers of Sydney provide Family Dispute Resolution service. Going through a long court case can be emotionally as well as financially draining. Sometimes, people prefer to resolve their outside of the court. Family Dispute Resolution involves settling the differences between the parties concerned through mediation.

Domestic Violence

Victims of domestic violence are specially protected by the family law of Australia. Family lawyers in Sydney practices in the area of domestic violence to help the victims to get justice. According to Australian family law, you don’t have to undergo actual violence to be considered a victim. Fear or threat of violence is enough to seek protection from domestic violence.

 

Why do you need family lawyers

If it ever comes to employing family lawyers; we tend to get apprehensive and hesitant. After all, the general thinking is that family lawyers are expensive, involve long procedures, time taking and can complicate matters. But you couldn’t be more wrong! Having no representation can sometimes take your case in the wrong direction and make matters worse. Family law is quite complex and taking the help of an experienced family lawyer is always the best way to go about it. Let’s look at some reasons and benefits of employing a family law lawyer –

Complicated Laws and rules – Most statutes and rules of Family Law are easily accessible online. But they can be very complex to understand for a common man; not to add that it can be quite lengthy. Just having access to the rules is not really enough. You should have the experience and understanding to be able to interpret these rules. You actually need someone who can guide you through the impact of these rules, how it would affect you or your case; whether it is negative or positive and so on.

 

Documents – When you have to go to court, you would need to draft several documents. You cannot just walk in and make an argument. You need documents to support yourself. It is but obvious that a family lawyer would be able to better draft the required material than you. Lawyers also have long standing relationships with court personnel, judges and know the intricacies and nuances of their workings. Accordingly, they can draft documents and you would be at an advantage if you take their help.

Knowing your rights – Legal jargon can be quite confusing. In fact, that is quite an understatement! Hence, it is best that you go to a family lawyer who can make you understand what your rights are. Family law is extremely complicated and it is not worth taking the risk. A case can pull along for months and one wrong move can put you or your family in jeopardy.

Time factor – If you are a working person, you would understand that preparing for a case can be very time consuming. You certainly can’t take the risk of putting your job in danger. Yes, employing a lawyer can be a little pricey. But in the long run it would be cheaper for you, as you have a better chance of having a positive outcome for your case. Also the lawyer can try to bring in faster results for you. On the contrary, if you try and handle the case yourself; you could jeopardize your job, case and end up spending extra.

Cost – If you think that a self-represented case gets more sympathy; you couldn’t be more wrong! Judges are never partial and hold the same standards for all. In such cases, if you make the mistake of not presenting a file or document; you would not be given any leeway. In fact, you could end up paying the costs of your ex too.

Hence, it would be best that you hire family lawyers and bring a positive outcome for your case.

5 Things you should know about family lawyers

Google defines family lawyers as lawyers who practice in an area of law concerning legal issues involving family relationships, such as adoption, divorce, and child custody. These attorneys typically handle divorces, child custody, wills and other legal matter. At least once in our lifetimes we probably have to face one of them. Now if that is in an unfortunate situation or a fortunate one, we have no way of knowing. There is no harm in being prepared though, is there? So I list for you some general advices and tips for the same.

  1. Charm

Family lawyers have a professional obligation to be charming. Since they often have to interact with children, some of those law-hardened hearts do thaw. Most of these children often are in difficult situations the tension of which the lawyers often have to diffuse. Family lawyers have to be the third person in family fights which comes with its own difficulties along with the obvious ones concerning litigation.

  1. Greed

Some family lawyers may try to mooch off of your emotional vulnerability during those turbulent times during a family altercation. One has to be careful of those lawyers. While I am not insinuating that all family lawyers are crooked, all professions do have some bad apples. Try to save some logical reasoning for them and refrain from swaying away by their manipulative monologues.

  1. Invasion of Privacy

 

Family lawyers often have to encroach upon your private life to prepare a solid case for your own profit. This invasion of privacy is necessary for it opens the gates of investigation that builds up the case in your favor. But some people tend to overshare often subconsciously mistaking the lawyers for therapists to unload all of their emotional baggage. While the family lawyers can use those emotions to strengthen your case in front of the judge and jury, the client may feel guilty later for sharing some of their innermost misgivings with a virtual stranger.

  1. Earnings

Family lawyers, while not earning those top figures like corporate lawyers, do get a decent annual package. While most of them have justifiably earned every penny some do tend to over-price their services. Be careful of those and don’t shy away from bargaining for the right price.

  1. Theatrics

For family laws’ case hearings a dry report of affairs won’t suffice, as does for corporate or financial lawyers. They often have to prepare more heartfelt and soul-piercing testimony. Thus don’t be swayed by how well they understand you. It is part of their job. In order to hijack the emotional attention of the jury, lawyers tend to turn to theatrics. Thus be aware of the fact that despite all the truth and consolation a part of a lawyer’s service to you is exaggeration.

Family are often messy and painful in their differences of opinions. While I don’t hope for anyone to find themselves needing family lawyers for familial altercations, why not be prepared for the worst? After all it is always better to be safe than sorry.

How to choose the best divorce lawyer?

Something that is equally dreadful as going through a divorce is the pain of choosing the right divorce lawyer. If you are aiming to wrap up the divorce as soon as possible, with your sanity and dignity intact, then going through lawyer after lawyer is really not an option. It could end up both emotionally and financially taxing to you.

So, do you really need a divorce lawyer? Your partner might already have a skilled attorney, specialized in divorces, giving him counsel. If you do not have a legal background and is not very familiar with the divorce laws and procedures of your state, then you might get cheated out of what you really deserve.

So here are 5 points to keep in your mind while choosing a divorce lawyer.

What kind of divorce you need?

If the divorce is fairly peaceful, and you and your soon-to-be ex-partner can come to an agreement on your own, you can choose an arbitrator. If you both need a little push to agree to certain finer points, you can use the service of a mediator.

If you both are finding it hard to reach a consensus but still would like to keep the divorce out of court, you can opt for collaborative divorce, for this you would work with your attorneys, but a contract to keep matters civil will be in place. If none of this works, you need a proper divorce attorney.

Do your research properly

You have many online resources available today to check the credibility of a lawyer. Use them wisely. There are many websites that rate and review attorneys. You can check out the profiles of different divorce lawyers in your locality. While doing so, make note of their area of specialization, how long they have been practicing law, their success rate etc.

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Do not straight for the first choice

You will be tempted to jump on to the divorce attorney who looks ideal. But, hold your horses. You need to make sure that, the attorney you have chosen can be trusted implicitly. If you are not able to trust your lawyer or can’t agree with him, your case might fall apart in court. You could end up losing your home, possessions, even your children. So, have an interview with at least three divorce attorneys before choosing one. The person you chose should be able to represent your case and concerns in the best possible way.

Can you afford it?

You need to have a clear picture about the total cost of the divorce.Attorneys are basically businessmen. They may not always look out for your best interests. Divorce attorneys are often paid at hourly rate. Your attorney fees combined with court costs should not bankrupt you in the end. It is always advisable to have a written contract with your divorce attorney.

Bite the bullet

A seasoneddivorce attorney will have a good track record, will listen to and understand your concerns properly, will work with you to get the best outcome, in the shortest time possible, at an affordable fee. When you at last manage to find someone, who fit all your criteria, take a leap of faith and choose that person.

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