Our Family Law Team has extensive
experience at not only the Family Court level but also
at the High Court and Court of Appeal. We can assist
with all aspects
of Family Law including:
- matrimonial property
- defacto property
- child support
- domestic violence
- Property Manager and Welfare Guardian
applications pursuant to the
- Protection of Personal and Property
- Estate disputes
For further information contact
a member of our Family Law Team at any of our three
Our Family Trust Team, lead by Craig
Inder, have developed an in-depth knowledge of the creation
and operation of family trusts. Unlike some, we do not believe
that Family Trusts are appropriate for everyone’s circumstances.
We are mindful of the costs included in creating the Trust
and the on-going costs of operating the Trust.
We are also aware of the potential difficulties
that can arise through placing your assets in your own Family
Trust. For those reasons, and others, we believe that it is
important to be able to discuss both the advantages and disadvantages
of a Family Trust with you before having you commit yourself
to such a major change in your financial circumstances.
Our Family Trust Team are skilled at being
able to guide you through this process to ensure that the
best decision is made for your particular circumstances.
What is a Family Trust?
This is not the simplest of questions to answer as
there have been some authors who have taken whole books to
be able to attempt to describe all relevant aspects of a Family
The basic features of a Trust are that persons
(trustees) hold or control property not for their personal
benefit but for the benefit of others (the beneficiaries).
The trustees are required to administer the trust property
in a prudent manner as prescribed by the Trust Deed and in
accordance with the requirements of the Trustee Act.
Are there any benefits in establishing
a Family Trust?
There are a number of benefits in establishing a
Family Trust. These include:
- A trust can preserve assets for generations
and can also allow flexibility in dealing with changing
circumstances of family members.
- Trusts are a means of protecting assets
from creditors, disgruntled relatives and Government user
- There may also be tax advantages
in establishing a trust.
There are a number of other benefits in
establishing a family trust although these will depend upon
your particular circumstances.