Our property settlement lawyers provide legal advice, care and guidance to people experiencing relationship breakdown, to successfully navigate their financial settlement
BOTH OUTSIDE THE COURT, THROUGH PROCESSES INCLUDING NEGOTIATION, MEDIATION AND COLLABORATION AND BY LITIGATION, WHERE NECESSARY.
Our firm is recognised as leader in complex property settlements, having been instrumental in effecting a number of high profile rural property settlements and settlements for a wide range of family business and multiple entities and corporate structures. We do so without the fanfare that accompanies some larger firms. Discretion is one of our core values.
Because we deal frequently with complex property settlements, our team is well apprised at advising in matters involving corporate interests, trusts or assets situated both in Australia and overseas. We bring these skills to all that we are privileged to assist, regardless of the complexity or size of the asset pool involved.
Critical to every property settlement is getting the right advice so you can make informed decisions. The law encourages parties to sensibly discuss and negotiate a division of property, wherever possible. This means understanding both what a Court would do and what is best for you and your family – in keeping with your goals.
Integral to achieving the best outcomes for you may involve if required, working with our other professionals including valuers, accountants, financial planners, commercial lawyers and barristers, if required to assist you to finalise your property settlement by the best possible method to ensure immediate and future tax advantages.
As we regularly encounter recalcitrant and difficult former spouses, we maintain consistent and assertive advocacy for those we assist.
Where an amicable settlement is reached, we work with our clients to draft the necessary documents to properly formalise the terms of their agreement (in a Consent Order and/or Financial Agreements to appropriately finalise the division, without the need for court appearances.
Where parties are unable to reach agreement, our property settlement lawyers provide proactive and determined advocacy to maximise your case at arbitration or before the Court.
Our property settlement lawyers have extensive experience with property divisions including those that involve:
- Complex structures
- Rural settlements; and the recovery of
- Unique and novel assets
Divisions Involving Business
Our property settlement lawyers have resolved property divisions covering a wide range of family businesses, including:
- Accounting practices;
- Car and truck dealerships;
- Cold storage business;
- Commercial fishing;
- Electrical contracting businesses;
- Electrical retailers;
- Engineering & mining businesses;
- Financial planning practices;
- Hardware businesses;
- Heavy machinery dealerships;
- Hire businesses;
- Information Technology;
- Insulation sales and installation;
- Legal practices;
- Manufacturing business;
- Meat processing;
- Medical practices;
- Panel beating;
- Retail businesses;
- Seafood wholesaling;
Our property settlement lawyers have extensive experience dealing with multiple entity corporate structures and with the tracing and valuation of those structures. In conjunction with forensic accountants, we undertake a process of unraveling the structures to quantify and value the extent of the interests in companies, partnerships and trusts.
Our Managing Director, Tony Phillips, has practiced in both Toowoomba and Brisbane since the early 1980’s. He has been instrumental in effecting a number of high profile rural property settlements throughout Australia. Since relocating to Brisbane in 2004, Tony continues to deal with matrimonial settlements involving rural property.
We have extensive expertise in dealing with family assets that include:
- Beef cattle including feed lotting;
- Pork production;
- Sheep in both meat production and wool;
- Grain & fodder crops both irrigated & dry-land farming;
- Small crops including organic farming;
- Cotton – both irrigated and dry-land;
- Water allocation entitlements.
Unique and Novel Assets
We have also successfully assisted clients in recovering matrimonial assets that have been removed or hidden, including:
- Boats and cruisers;
Property Settlement Lawyers
Unlike divorce, the property settlement process can commence immediately from the date of separation. To seek advice specific to your circumstances, reach out to our team.
Our property settlement lawyers assist clients in Brisbane and across all states and territories of Australia. We regularly assist interstate clients as well as international clients who are seeking to apply for divorce in Australia and may have assets overseas.
We meet with our clients in person at our Brisbane office, via phone or online.