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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect from a free 15-minute chat with a lawyer?

Our free 15-minute chat with a lawyer connects you with one of our experienced lawyers who will get to know you and your situation. We know that choosing a lawyer is an important decision. We want to develop a relationship with you so that you can feel at ease and confident in us. We cannot provide legal advice during this chat but will give direction about practical and procedural things you can do that will serve your best interests. If you are unsure about where to begin, this chat is a perfect place to start.

What should I expect from an initial consultation?

At our $399 fixed-fee initial consult you can expect to receive in-depth advice from us about family law issues you are experiencing. We understand that meeting a lawyer for the first time may be daunting, so we are pleased to offer you certainty about our fee. Our consults are thorough and typically last for 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the range and complexity of issues to be discussed. You will leave our office with a clear plan for the way forward including next recommended steps, referrals to other professional support services and a better understanding of the process ahead.

What should I expect from a full day mediation?

Ahead of the event, Debra will canvass with all parties the structure of the mediation. The discussions need to be safe and constructive. Debra adjusts how the mediation is to be conducted to achieve this – whether it is everyone around the same table, everyone in the same office but in different rooms (shuttle style) or even conducted via telephone or video-link. 

At the beginning of the mediation, Debra will meet with you and explain her role as mediator. She may meet at times meet just with the lawyers (if they are involved) to narrow down the issues in dispute. Throughout the course of the day, she may meet with parties together, or in individual ‘break out’ sessions to gain an understanding of your needs, objectives and key values. In this way she identifies possible roadblocks to resolving your matter and then works through them with you and the other party. Debra can facilitate the exchanging of offers between parties and provide feedback about proposals (although she leaves it to your lawyers to give you the legal advice). Time permitting, Debra can assist you to legally document your agreement.

Where are you based? I don’t live close by – can I still use your services?

We are based in Central Canberra and proudly service the Canberra, Yass, Queanbeyan and regional NSW communities surrounding the Nation’s Capital.

We embrace the utility of technology in delivering our services – which means we can assist you wherever you are based. We have clients from all corners of Australia and internationally too.

 

 

Nervous about taking the first step? Our discreet, empathetic and commonsense approach will give you peace of mind at the most stressful of times. Talk to one of our team today.

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What our clients say

Jacquelyn shared sound advice that helped me navigate a family violence situation and supported me in a seemingly impossible relocation case. It was the opposite advice to others I had contacted. Those first steps were imperative to my successful outcome. I now have a very bright future for my children and I, but it could have been very different in someone else’s hands.

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Debra you are a lovely person and I thank you so much for your help, support and understanding over those roller coaster years.

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You are an incredible intellect and woman of strength pulling up other strong women and men. Thank you Debra for all your hard work. I’m gobsmacked!

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Catherine Coles is an amazing Lawyer and person. She made what I thought impossible- Possible.

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Jacqui has unequivocally supported a low-conflict approach which has been absolutely necessary in establishing cooperative, respectful and child focussed arrangements. My family, and more importantly my child, has benefited from Jacqui’s engagement.

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Thank you once again Debra, so very much. I’ve been through the worst of times but your support and advice, as well as your genuine kindness, has been so valuable to me.

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Jacqui is an efficient, smart, meticulous family lawyer with empathy and strategy. She understood my story as well as I did. I could tell her everything and anything and she was very good at communicating what was needed to achieve fair and positive outcomes amid a traumatic dispute.

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I need to find the means by which to thank you Debra. So over a week ago I was reeling mentally and physically and wondering how to deal with all that I had on my plate. Had no idea where to turn to except that in a moment of luck (divine luck no doubt) I came across your name . And that led me to where I am today, in contact with, and being advised by wonderful lawyers. I am deeply indebted to you.

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I was shocked to discover that Jacqui was a single mother, especially at a time when I was coming to terms with being one and thought it was a terrible thing. Understanding that single mothers could also have good co-parenting outcomes and be absolutely winning at life really helped me re-set my assumptions of what my life might be like after divorce. Jacqui not only helped me win my freedom, she helped me see that I was strong enough to go it alone. Choosing her was the best move I could have made.

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Thank you for your guidance, support, empathy and understanding. We know that what ever outcome is achieved, you are always firmly in our corner, and for that we can never thank you enough.

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Thank you again Debra. You have infinite patience as you are kind and considerate with me and it is a miracle that you are assisting me so competently.

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Debra’s work ethic and commitment is amazing!

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Jacqui has consistently been an exceptional source of advice and focus throughout a very difficult time for my family. Her approach, demeanour and dedication has remained well considered, balanced and professional. Jacqui is well researched, prepared and calming. Jacqui has listened to my concerns and taken the time to truly understand and concentrate on the priorities. Above all, Jacqui is kind, compassionate, respectful and committed. I truly trust her professional judgement and advice. I would wholeheartedly recommend Jacqui for professional representation.

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Thank you Debra for supporting me, knowing how much to push me, knowing how much to encourage me – and knowing when I’d had enough. You’re fabulous.

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Debra’s calm and caring demeanour gave me encouragement at a time when I needed it most. I am very grateful to you for seeing me and for your help in putting me on the path towards change, whatever that turns out to be.

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Catherine is fearless and will stand her ground with the experience and the attention to detail to back herself.

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Catherine Coles is not just a highly intelligent and bright solicitor but also an amazing individual who took my worries and fears seriously. With determination, great organisation and efficiency, she got the very best outcome for my situation.

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Thank you so much for this. I am glad I have your expertise. I trust your judgement in your crafting of the outline of argument.

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Debra Parker was fantastic at supporting me through a very challenging separation and settlement. Debra was very understanding of my financial limitations and enacted a plan that allowed me to access excellent legal representation within my means.

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Thank you Catherine – I have really appreciated your advice on this. It was completely overwhelming until we spoke.

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Jacqui has such a friendly demeanour and understood my concerns. She listened and gave me advice tailored to my circumstances. I have a high-conflict ex and Jacqui’s advice helped me achieve a positive outcome that is in everyone’s best interests. I have young children and Jacqui was so flexible with her appointment time and understanding the realities of being a working single parent.

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Monica Serci is a fantastic lawyer. Very knowledgeable and efficient, but also compassionate and understanding of the stress people are under in family law situations. She made the process much easier due to her expertise and kindness. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her services to others.

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Every day I wake up with a feeling of the deepest gratitude that I had Catherine Coles as my solicitor.

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Catherine is exceptionally well organised. She made me feel at ease when things were touch and go and reeled in win after win in my case. She was ever at the ready to make the wrongs right again. Catherine is brilliant at digging into the grey areas and the less-obvious areas of legislation and using them superbly to gain solid wins.

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I have been a client of Debra Parker for well over a year and have nothing but the highest praise for her and her supporting staff. She has always gone out of her way to provide me sound advice and has helped me greatly through a difficult and anxious time. Your professionalism and expertise second to none and I’m very satisfied who is the outcome that she has achieved I highly recommend Debra Parker for all family law matters.

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I’d like to thank you for all your help and amazing service you provided to me, could not find a (sic) better lawyer even if I wanted to. Thanks for everything.

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