sbA FAQs

Thanks for visiting our Frequently Asked Questions.

Here you will find some common questions as well as answers, mainly relating to our services and fees.

If you have a question which is not listed below, be sure to Contact Us and one of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

General FAQs

Are there time limits in family law?

Missing time limits may mean that you need to first seek the Court’s permission to commence court action.

Property settlement and spousal maintenance

The limitation period for filing an application for property settlement or spouse maintenance arising from a de facto relationship is two (2) years from the date of separation.   If the parties were married the time limitation is 12 months from the date of divorce.

Divorce

An Application for Divorce can only be filed in the Court if the parties have been separated for a period of 12 months. That period of separation may include separation under the one roof.

Is my first appointment free?

sbA offers a 1 hour consultation at a reduced hourly rate.  Please contact our friendly staff on (07) 3359 2166 to discuss our current initial consultation rate.

Do you undertake Legal Aid Work?

Yes, we do, but these are subject to Legal Aid Queensland’s terms and conditions. Please contact our staff who will arrange to send to you a Legal Aid Application form, should you not wish to attend for an initial consultation. Once you have completed the Application form, please return it to our office and we will electronically submit your application on line with Legal Aid Queensland.

Download Legal Aid Qld Application Form

My first meeting?

Your first appointment is essential to see if you feel comfortable with the solicitor and their fees.  You are under no obligation to hire a solicitor after your first consultation.

In your first consultation you should discuss your legal issues and your expectations with your solicitor.  It is important to disclose anything that may be important to help the solicitor fully understand your case.

What happens after my first appointment?

Once you have met with one of our lawyers, we will then, if you wish us to, provide you with our Cost Agreement. This agreement sets out in detail the scope of work that we will carry out on your behalf and an estimate of the fees that may be involved.

We will ask you, if you accept the terms contained in the agreement, to sign the agreement and return it to our office.

We require a prepayment into our trust account on account of anticipated costs and outlays at the beginning of your matter.  From these funds, we take payment of our account.  Our accounts are rendered to you on a frequent basis.

Once we have received same, we will commence working on your behalf.

What do I need to bring to my first meeting?

We ask that you bring with you any Court documentation that you may have been served with, any draft agreement that you may wish us to provide advices on, full details of the other party involved and children's details.

How long will my matter take to finalise?

That will depend on many factors, such as whether you will be involved in dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration or court proceedings. We aim to ensure that your matter is managed as expeditiously as possible, however, we have no control over third parties.

What do I pay for?

There are two components to your invoice.

Professional Fees

Are charged for the lawyers working on your matter eg drafting correspondence, preparing legal documentation and liaising with you and other parties;

Disbursements

These include fees such as filing fees, titles office searches, witness fees, valuation fees, barristers fees and accountants fees.

How do I pay?

We require a prepayment into our trust account on account of anticipated costs and outlays at the beginning of your matter.  From these funds, we take payment of our account.  Our accounts are rendered to you on a frequent basis.

sbA 475 Lutwyche Rd, Lutwyche QLD 4030 P: (07) 3359 2166