Family Lawyers Nowra | MDV

WHAT TO EXPECT

Initial consultation

At MDV Family Lawyers we offer a $200 fixed fee initial consultation to all new clients inclusive of GST. This consultation can go for anywhere up to one hour at no additional charge to you. All we ask is that you pay your initial consult fee upfront on the day of your appointment.

At your initial consultation we obtain enough information from you so that we can guide you on the best way to move your matter forward. If you would like MDV Family Lawyers to represent you, we then issue you with a Costs Agreement and Disclosure Document which details our ongoing charges. We may ask you to compile documents and information for us, and a follow up appointment will be scheduled, usually for two weeks’ time.

What to bring

To speed up the process and potentially save you time and money you can prepare yourself for your initial consultation by gathering some preliminary documents and information to bring with you, like:

  • A list of events in chronological order
  • A list of questions as it’s easy to forget what you want to ask
  • For property matters, a list of assets and liabilities.
  • A support person to keep you focused and help you recall your advice afterwards. Family law issues are often emotional and it can be difficult to recall the information we give you.

Got a question? Ready to book?

Call MDV Family Lawyers on (02) 4421 7455, email [email protected] or book online now.

Professional fees

For most services we charge for the work we do based on hourly rates:

  • $350.00 plus GST = $385.00 for Ms Melissa Dianne Vine
  • $300.00 plus GST = $330.00 for Ms Alysha Oliver (maternity leave)
  • $300.00 plus GST = $330.00 for Ms Brooke Thomas
  • $275.00 plus GST = $302.50 for Ms Samantha Curry
  • $150.00 plus GST = $165.00 for any Administrative Support

The Solicitor with carriage of your matter may seek the help of a fellow Solicitor or Administrative Assistant from time to time.

We charge in 6 minute increments, so you will only be charged for time we’re actually working on your matter. The time spent is rounded up to the nearest 6 minute increment (e.g. 12 minutes, 18 minutes etc).

Disbursements

We may incur disbursements or expenses whilst working for you. This is money we pay to others on your behalf and might include search fees, court filing fees, process server fees, expert fees, witness expenses, travel expenses, transcript expenses and barrister’s fees.

A one off administration charge of $30 will be invoiced to you once we commence work on your matter. You will also be responsible for further internal expenses incurred whilst carrying out your instructions, such as postage, printing, photocopying and sending/receiving facsimiles.

If your matter involves court proceedings, we will need to charge you an up front court filing fee. We will not commence court proceedings until this fee has been paid. More on court filing fees.

Fixed fee divorce applications

MDV Family Lawyers charge a fixed fee for all divorce applications of $800+GST, plus your court filing fee and disbursements.

The current court filing fee for a sole application is $910. You may be eligible for a reduced filing fee of $305. Contact us for eligibility requirements.

Disbursements include a one off administration charge of $30 plus personal service fees which typically range from $100–$200 depending on the location of the other party.

Cost estimates

When you instruct MDV Family Lawyers to act on your behalf, we provide you with an estimate of our costs and disbursements, plus our payment terms. Our estimates are based on past experience and our current understanding from you as to what services are required. Our costs may exceed the estimate if further information becomes available or circumstances change as your matter progresses. In this event we will provide you with a revised estimate as soon as practicable.

We know that resolving family law issues and problems can be costly. At MDV Family Lawyers we pride ourselves on keeping you as up to date as possible with our costs at various stages along the way.

If you would like to discuss our costs further, we encourage you to contact our office and speak with our Client Care Coordinator, Ms Cathy Davey.

Payment terms

In most cases we issue itemised invoices fortnightly and appreciate prompt payment. We will notify you if this payment schedule would vary in your specific case. We would be happy to discuss any aspect of your invoice that concerns you.

Tips for working with us

  1. Be completely honest with us – we are not here to judge and what has happened has happened. We need the full story, honestly so that we can act within the court system to represent you the best we can. Being dishonest or omitting information will only damage your case in the long run.
  2. Time is money – like most lawyers we charge in 6 minute increments. We work hard to maximise our efficiency when dealing with your case and. In order to achieve this we will:
    • Focus on your legal representation with compassion, and refer you to a counselling service if we feel you would benefit from their skills and services.
    • Offer realistic advice when we believe that chasing down assets may ultimately cost you more than they are worth.
    • Send correspondence by email wherever possible for both time and cost efficiencies.
    • Itemise our bills so you can clearly see the time you are paying for.
  3. Be prepared

How to reduce time and costs

  • Collate all relevant documents including statements of accounts, correspondence, existing agreements, previous court documents, notes of telephone discussions, appraisals or valuations and /or other items we recommend.
  • Type up hand written notes or calendar entries.
  • Prepare typed responses to any questions filed by the other party’ legal representative.
  • Have an optimum outcome in mind but stay realistic and be willing to negotiate.

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