Preparing for your first meeting at Leach Legal

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 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 here: https://www.leachlegal.com.au/contact/