For business men and women, their hard-earned assets are worth more than just a dollar value. Most entrepreneurs invest significant hours in starting up a business and poor their heart and soul into making their business successful. Aside from the heartache, blood, sweat and tears that goes into starting up a business, keeping that business running is also a labor of love. Whether it’s big business or sole traders the level of dedication and expertise that it takes to start and run a business should be admired.
If you have separated from your spouse or partner, you might be asking yourself is there a time limit for a property settlement? It is critical you are aware there are time limits for a property settlement after divorce if you are married, or a property settlement after separation if you are in a de facto relationship.
Our experienced team of family lawyers at Forge Legal can advise you as to the time limits that apply to your property settlement so you don’t miss the critical date and potentially lose your rights to make property settlement claim.
Unlike many areas of law which remain remote and mysterious to the majority of the population, at some point most people will need to engage with retirement villages, whether in connection with themselves or a family member. Despite this being the case, the law as it relates to retirement villages and the different contractual arrangements which may exist between retirement villages and their residents are very poorly understood – due in no small part to the complexity and variety of arrangements which exist.
Are you going through the process of having a Family Report prepared? We understand this can be very stressful. Our experienced team of family lawyers at Forge Legal can answer any questions you may have and guide you through the process, each step of the way, to ensure you are properly prepared and best present yourself during interviews.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not the intention of every family lawyer to rush their clients to court and battle in front of a Judge. A well-versed legal practitioner should have the knowledge and expertise to effectively negotiate with their counterpart. While some matters may require the adjudication and determination of a Judge most if not all matters are capable of settlement through collaborative and proactive negotiations. This is where an individual can turn to mediation.
As the old saying goes, in difficult situations the first step is always the hardest. For those contemplating or in the midst of a separation, the first step is meeting with a lawyer to discussions your individual circumstances, something that is incredibly personal and challenging for most people. At Forge Legal, we strive to ensure that our prospective clients feel comfortable and at ease in their initial consultation, however, we understand that this is a daunting situation and can be stressful for those who are unprepared or do not know how to prepare.
Something that often surprises solicitors practicing in the area of succession law is the number of people who have been prudent enough to ensure their assets and loved ones are protected after their death by having a Will in place, only to completely leave to chance what might happen while they are still alive, but without the ability to make decisions.
Are you considering doing your own automated Will online, or completing a Will Kit yourself, as a less expensive ‘do-it-yourself’ solution? Be very careful as preparing your own Will using an online template, or using a ‘DIY’ Will Kit, can potentially create more problems for you and your family, rather than a solution.
We often get asked to assist clients in obtaining a divorce… but do they actually mean a “divorce” or are they referring to a “property settlement” or even “parenting orders”? The terminology can be confusing! This article explores some of those terms in order to give you some direction in settling your affairs after separation.
In my experience practicing within the area, it is not uncommon for a party to a proceedings to “stick their foot in it”, so to speak, when it comes to the publication of information and details relating to a family law matter that should simply not be in the public eye – be it simply distasteful, or worse; prejudicial to a party or hampering the judicial process.