Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What Matters Do You Deal With?
Commercial, Family and De Facto Law, Tenancy Leases, Property Law, Employment, Probate, Survivorship and Transmission applications, Wills, Civil and Commercial Litigation.
How Much Is The Initial Consultation?
The initial consultation is $75. Payment is by cash or EFTPOS no cheques.
How Long Is The Initial Consultation?
The initial consultation is for 45 mins.
What Legal Advice Is Not Included In The Initial Consultation?
Drafting commercial documents, and complex legal commercial documents i.e leases, deeds, bank documents, etc.
Do You Provide Legal Aid?
Please contact us for more information.
Do You Provide Concession Rates?
We provide concession rates for our standard will services. Normally priced at $165.00, a discounted rate of $110.00 is available for Pensioner or Health Care Card holders.
Fact Sheet #1
Produced by the Western Australia Legal Profession Complaints Committe
Updated May 2014
Fact Sheet #2
Legal Costs – Your Right to Know
Legal Profession Regulations 2009 Regulation 80(1) – Form of disclosure of clients’ rights Legal Profession Act 2008 (the Act) Section 260(5) and Section 260(1)(b)(i),(ii),(iii),(g), (i),(j) and (l)
Fact Sheet #3
Your Right to Challenge Legal Costs
Legal Profession Regulations 2009 Regulation 82(1) – Form of Notification of clients’ rights Legal Profession Act 2008 (the Act) Section 291(3) and Sections 291(1)(a) and (b)
Legal Resources, Tips, More
What is the time frame to pursue money owed?
In WA, unless the debt follows a court judgement you have 6 years, otherwise under judgement the period is 12 years. Seek legal advice to recover debts if other avenues have failed.
Who has an obligation to pay child support?
Under the law; both parents have a duty to support their children financially, whether they are biological (birth) or adoptive parents, same-sex or otherwise.
I work with a friend, should we have a business contract?
When you started out, it most likely was with the intention that business would not change the friendship, but overtime people’s circumstances change and disputes over small things that weren’t foreseen can escalate and ruin the friendship and the business. The best way to ensure clarity for all parties is to have a contract.
How to avoid a challenge to your Will
Make sure the Will is properly executed, be tested for competency by your solicitor when making the Will to verify sound mind, avoid undue influence from inheritors by removing them from the process and discussion, consider a no-content clause and make a video recording of the Will signing to avoid uneccessary dispute.
If I don't pay a fine what can happen?
If you don't pay your fine within the prescribed time, usually 28 days, your fine will be registered with the Fines Enforcement Registry. This can lead to an enforecable licence suspension order, an enforcement warrant to sell or wheel clamp your vehicle, an unpaid community work order, even spending time in prison.
In a conveyancing matter can a settlement agent offer legal advice?
No, a settlement agent connot offer legal advice. To avoide settlement problems seek proper legal advice.
Useful Further Information
Department of Consumer and Employment Protection
Provides advice and information about buying or building and publishes many free brochures including “Homebuyers Survival Guide for WA” and “Contracts – Information You Need To Know”. Telephone their Consumer Protection Advice Line for your free copy on 1300 30 40 54 or go to their website at www.docep.wa.gov.au.
Department of Land Information
Produces a booklet called “A Guide To Strata Titles”.
Telephone DLI Strata Titles Advisory Service on (08) 9273 7044, email firstname.lastname@example.org or via their website www.dli.wa.gov.au
First Home Owner Grant
First home buyers may be eligible for a First Home Owner Grant. This grant is administered through the Office of State Revenue on 1300 363 211 or visit websites www.firsthome.gov.au or www.dtf.wa.gov.au
Foreign Investment Review Board
The Board examines proposals by foreign interests to undertake direct investment in Australia and, against the background of the Government’s foreign investment policy, makes recommendations to the Government under on these proposals. They also provide guidance, where necessary, to foreign investors so that their proposals may be in conformity with the policy. www.firb.gov.au/content/default.asp
Real Estate and Business Agents Supervisory Board
Telephone (08) 9282 0836 or visit www.reba.wa.gov.au for your free set of real estate notes including information about auctions.
Under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978 first homebuyers may be eligible for a grant towards the cost of “incidental expenses” associated with buying a partially built or established home through a licensed real estate agent. Incidental expenses may include stamp duty, settlement fees and lending institution fees associated with lodging the home loan application.
Assistance with loans
Keystart has a number of initiatives to assist people who may find it difficult to obtain a loan in the general marketplace. Telephone 1300 361 577 or visit their website www.keystart.com.au
Assistance with Stamp Duty
First home owners may be eligible for a reduction of stamp duty or a concessional rate of stamp duty. Contact the Office of State Revenue on (08) 9262 1100 or 1300 368 364 or visit their website www.dtf.wa.gov.au and click on Office of State Revenue and then Stamp Duty.
About the Certificate of Title
For more information contact DLI’s Tenure Information Services on telephone (08) 9273 7333 or visit their website on www.dli.wa.gov.au.
Contact your local government authority for relevant local requirements or visit Department of Housing and Works website www.dhw.wa.gov.au for a copy of “Dividing Fences – Rights and Responsibilities”.
For information about the location of smoke alarms or smoke alarms for the Hearing Impaired contact FESA via their website www.fesa.wa.gov.au
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