Family Lawyers & Mediators

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Initial Appointment


Whether you have separated or you are thinking about separating or perhaps you are thinking about entering into a new relationship (either marriage or a de facto relationship), you may want to obtain some initial legal advice to ascertain your legal rights and obligations.

An initial appointment at Howe Jenkin may help you to understand your legal position with respect to your relationship. We understand that you may not necessarily want to take any action straight away, but an initial appointment with us may clarify your situation for you.

You can contact our office and speak with one of our helpful support staff members to obtain an appointment with one of our experienced solicitors for some initial advice.

We advise that we do not conduct any legal aid matters in our office, nor do we conduct any first interviews free of charge. All attendances with our office are billable. We advise that you are under no obligation to make further appointments after your initial advice, but should you wish for us to act on your behalf, you will be required to enter a Costs Agreement with our firm.

What to bring to your first appointment

To ensure that we are in the best position to advise you about your matter, we ask that you bring in details of your current situation to your first appointment.

  • Financial details – details of your current assets & liabilities – property, vehicles, shares, bank balances, details of your super.
  • Marriage certificate (or a copy).
  • Any court documents or correspondence you may have received from the other party to your matter.

We understand that sometimes being in this situation may be difficult and a little overwhelming for you. You may find it helpful to make a note of any questions or concerns that you may have and bring those in to your appointment.

We usually book initial appointments for 1 ½ hours. This is to ensure we can obtain all the necessary information from you to provide you with the best advice.

Need advice?

Please contact our office should you wish to make an appointment to obtain advice on your legal matter.


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