Preparing for your first meeting at Leach Legal

Preparation for your first meeting with us will ensure we provide cost-effective legal services and you understand the legal process in Australia. In the first consultation, your divorce lawyer will ask several questions – some of them tough, some general – to establish a suitable approach.

Put simply: the more information we have, the better our legal advice will be.

What to bring with you

  • Marriage certificate
  • Bank statements for the property settlement
  • Evidence of jointly owned assets (properties, shares, business interests, cars)
  • A list of joint debts (mortgages, tax debts, loans, credit cards)
  • Details of any child support being paid
  • Copies of previous legal documents
    • Court Orders
    • Binding Financial Agreements (BFAs or pre-nuptial agreements)
  • Financial statements from trust accounts
  • Printed copies of recent bank statements
  • Superannuation account statements
  • Copies of loan documents
  • Any other documents you believe will be useful for us in providing legal services

Details you will need to know

  • Key dates in your relationship
    • When you first got together, moved in, married, separated
  • Your and your partners’ gross taxable incomes
  • Details of inheritances (money or assets) or gifts obtained during your relationship
  • Whether any large sums have been moved from joint bank accounts
  • Names of any companies in which you or your ex have an interest and their Directors
    • You may also require a financial statement from the company

Additional preparation tips for the property settlement process

  • Engage a real estate agent to provide a written appraisal of any properties
  • Get copies of your last 3-5 years of tax returns
  • Make a list of assets and debts you separately held when you first got together
  • Ask your accountant to provide any important documents or information relevant to the divorce process
  • Bring any communication (emails, letters, text messages) between you and your ex about family law matters

If you need clarification or need any further information, book in a free 15-minute consult with Leach Legal.

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If you cannot find a suitable time for us to call you, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

We understand these matters are sensitive and privacy is of the utmost importance. Please let us know a preferred time for one of our team members to gather some more information about your situation, complete a conflict check and organise a time for you to speak with one of our Lawyers.

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