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Accredited Family Lawyers In Ballina

Some years ago, we were described as “Effective, Organised and Thorough”. We loved that description and aim to keep it accurate.

At Ferguson Legal Solicitors (formerly GJ Legal) we pride ourselves on accurate and practical advice and cost-effective legal solutions. We offer personalised and caring services attuned to your specific needs and circumstances. Ferguson Legal Solicitors has been providing legal advice in the Northern Rivers Region since 2007.

Our primary focus is Family Law, and our Family lawyers, Julie Ferguson and Suzanne Creak (Sue Creak) are both Accredited Specialists in Family Law, a qualification awarded to them by the NSW Law Society after rigorous practical and written exams, and meeting practical experience requirements. They are required to meet ongoing practical and educational standards in Family Law each year to maintain their Specialist Accreditation. They both have a passion for ‘doing the job properly’ and love to see people come through the process and start new lives.

A Family Law

Family Law

Relationship changes caused by separation or divorce can create significant emotional, financial, and legal challenges. You’ll have to consider the division of your property, new living arrangements, and the wellbeing of your children. An expert family lawyer can help you navigate the complexities and difficulties of a divorce or separation.

Wills And Estate Planning

Wills And Estate Planning

Preparing a will provides clear guidance on the distribution of your assets, and can help to reduce any stress, expenses, or disputes over the inheritance. Having a current estate plan will ensure you and your family can navigate the complexities of life if you become impaired or can no longer make decisions.

Our Family Law Services

Our team at Ferguson Legal Solicitors offers a great range of services to individuals and families throughout Ballina and the Northern Rivers. These include:

  • Binding Financial Agreements (pre-nup or cohabitation agreement)
  • Complex Property settlement
  • Mediation
  • Children’s contact arrangements
  • Parenting plans if you have children under the age of 18
  • Preparing and serving divorce papers
  • Annulments
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Legal Aid

When Is The Right Time To See A Family Lawyer?

We recommend you consult a family lawyer for guidance and advice:

Before you get married, a family law solicitor can offer advice to you and your partner on your rights and obligations in the event of a marriage breakdown. They can also help you establish Binding Financial Agreements to protect you and your partner’s interests. These are now common, particularly amongst those people who have previously been married or in a couple, and who want clear arrangements if they separate.

If your marriage begins to break down and you are considering a separation, a family lawyer can provide the support you need. They can help you address the many complex issues arising during a separation, such as where you choose to live, what bills you should pay, what bank accounts you should use and close, and how you can protect your assets. They can also advise on parenting plans and contact arrangements for your children.

In the difficult, complex situation of a separation, consulting a family law solicitor can help you navigate the process and reach a settlement as easily as possible. If you have children under 18, a family lawyer can help you attempt mediation with your former partner before taking matters to the Family Court. This will ensure the possibility of the best outcome and will help you avoid any significant costs or time commitments associated with court proceedings.

Our team at Ferguson Legal Solicitors is on hand to offer practical, affordable legal advice tailored to your personal situation and circumstances. We have years of experience providing professional support to clients throughout Ballina and the Northern Rivers, and our expert, friendly team is committed to helping you settle matters outside of court, to reduce costs and ensure the best possible outcome.

Get in touch with us today on (02) 6681 1804 to learn more about our Family Law services or to book an appointment with our professional, caring team.

Most Experienced Legal Team On The North Coast

We are the most experienced Family Law team on the North Coast, with particular skills in complex and sensitive matters. We use Family Law techniques that recognise the importance of relationships and amicability. We aim to reach an agreement outside of Court and have a high success rate at resolving matters by mediation and negotiation. We believe in a cost-effective action to minimise your stress wherever possible.

Both Julie Ferguson and Sue Creak are Panel Solicitors with the NSW Legal Aid Commission and both are regularly appointed to act as Independent Children’s Lawyers in difficult parenting matters. Julie is a Panel Solicitor with the NSW Department of Communities and Justice.

Lisa Lacy assists Julie Ferguson with a range of Family Law matters and Family Provision Claims. Lisa also has experience working with Julie Ferguson, Principal Solicitor in relation to Wills, Powers of Attorney and Enduring Guardian Authorities, Probate & Estate matters.

Larissa Schipanski joined our team in 2023 to work with Sue Creak on her complex and difficult Family Law matters.

Our lawyers are members of the Law Society of NSW and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. They have been admitted to the Federal Court of NSW, Supreme Court of NSW and High Court of Australia.

We invite you to contact us for more information or to arrange an appointment with one of our team members. Our staff will give you the attention you deserve.