We have testimonials from clients, who for privacy reasons wish to remain anonymous but are available upon request.
Couple - defacto for 13 months - prior to that together 2 years. Bought an apartment, off the plan and got the first home owners grant, he was from overseas and she was from Melbourne. They separated and he returned overseas to live. She did not know what to do or where she stand? We gave her the advice a guide as to what could occur and the total time spent so far was 1 hour.
Result - our client bought her partner out of the house after we assisted with data for a fair and reasonable valuation, we assisted the client with a loan and she is now happy living in the property. Total cost under $1000.
Couple - married - children 9 and 7 - both in private schools. The couple came and saw us together as they had heard we specialise in this field of work. We went through everything from custody of the children, to a fair and reasonable asset split. We then referred them to a lawyer to get a binding financial agreement which was all they needed lawyers for. This case took 8 months and cost less than $10,000.
Result - The ex wife bought the ex husband out of the house, she did need some assistance from her family, and we assisted her with getting finance. The ex husband, who was on a higher income pays for the school fees for the 2 children, he also got a cash settlement out of her superannuation and a small amount of equity out of the sale of the family home to his ex wife. He rented, and then later on bought a home, the custody was not 50/50 but certainly fair with the children being the most important thing for the parents. Both parties agreed to do whatever it took to keep the family home which was bought by the ex-wife and the kids had stability in a difficult time.
Couple - married 1 year - together 6 years - no children. One party bought a house 7 years ago, paid for the wedding and the honeymoon, the other partner ran her business from the house and her family did renovations and landscape gardening to the home. Marriage breaks down. The other party
engaged a lawyer. Our party did not and came to see us. We looked at what we thought was fair and reasonable as her lawyers contacted our client.
Result - The other parties initial offer was ridiculous so to be honest, we went back with something just as ridiculous! Some middle ground was established however due to the low incomes both parties had, to get a settlement, and the capital growth the property had achieved, the property did have to be sold. Prior to auction we had formulated % of proceeds that would go to each party. Whilst it is never ideal to sell property due to it's high cost this was the only result. Both parties walked away feeling as though it was fair and reasonable. Our client is now happy renting and relieved that the costs were more than 3/4 less than the other party. Total costs under $4000.