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has anyone had a good experience with any family lawyers in the ACT?

By helpers - 25 February 2010 41

Hi everyone

i joined this site( which i don’t join many) becuase  i can see many members actully make the effort to reply to the comments.

I am hoping members will do the same for my question as i am so stuck.

It is a common story but unfortunatley a painful one for all who experience it.

I am having problems with contact visits with my son as my partner does not comply with the court orders.
I have had so many bad experiences with lawyers and i do have good enough reasons to say this.

Anyway i am looking to see if anyone has EITHER:
1.hired a lawyer who does Legal Aid that they were happy with in the ACT
OR
2.Hired a private lawyer that you were happy with in the ACT?

i would appreciate what your experiences were like also with these lawyers and why you thought they were good.

I have not seen my son now for two years and mainly becuase a few lawyers did not actully put in any paperwork!

Anyway thanks all and look forward to your comments.
cheers

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41 Responses to
has anyone had a good experience with any family lawyers in the ACT?
ozmreeee 5:27 pm 26 Feb 10

Never been in the position of needing a divorce lawyer myself, but I do remember a former colleague sang the praises of a ‘Margaret Reid’ (not the former ACT Senator) .. my colleague said she helped with heaps of issues in relation to his ex who consistently refused to obey court orders

I ran the name through whitepages.com.au and came up with:
Reid Margaret
Lawyer
Lvl 6/ 28 University Ave
(02) 6248 8477

Good luck

WhiteRabbit 4:56 pm 26 Feb 10

Ron Friesen I believe he was at
Dibbs Abbott Stillman Lawyers
Excellent chap, worked on part legal aid,

I promise you this: over time, things will get better.

contact me if you need to discuss
Richie

bloodnut 4:06 pm 26 Feb 10

Family lawyers and good experiences don’t really travel together.

pug206gti 1:59 pm 26 Feb 10

If your ex doesn’t comply with court orders, spending money on more orders is unlikely to be of assistance.

Legal Aid probably won’t be able to help, but by all means ask. I think they reserve themselves for family violence matters and while your situation is no doubt tough, they probably don’t have the resources. Happy to be wrong.

You could certainly have a go at self-representing. A bit of time, homework and calls to the court might be worthwhile.

steveu 1:44 pm 26 Feb 10

and Lone Fathers were were instrumental in getting the ‘three strikes rule’ for breach of orders in the ACT too.

steveu 1:43 pm 26 Feb 10

Lone fathers supports father and mothers FYI.

Aurelius 12:24 pm 26 Feb 10

Lawyers are all wastes of time and money. Educate yourself and fight your own battle. Win or lose, you’ll get a better result that way.

iris 12:15 pm 26 Feb 10

Dobinson Davey Clifford Simpson

Someone recommended them to my sister and she was happy with the outcome. But she said they were expensive.

Katietonia 11:41 am 26 Feb 10

steveu said :

Contact Lone Fathers (http://www.lonefathers.com.au/) and get some guidance there.

I am sure Barry or Jim could help.

Sorry to hear you are having hassles – you are not alone, if that makes you feel any better.

The Family Court system still lives in the 1950’s Im sorry to say.

Cheers

Steve

I also recommend this, Barry is a close family friend and I believe would be happy to provide you with advice.

NeedHelp 11:27 am 26 Feb 10

steveu said :

Contact Lone Fathers (http://www.lonefathers.com.au/) and get some guidance there.

The Family Court system still lives in the 1950’s Im sorry to say.

How do you know the OP is a man? Or does the Lone Fathers Association help lone mothers too? 😉

In the original post, the OP is complaining about a “few” lawyers losing paperwork, not about the Family Courts. She/he is looking for a lawyer that won’t lose paperwork.

I don’t see how a few lawyers can all lose paperwork. Was it the same paperwork? Different paperwork? Paperwork that never existed? What paperwork?

Go see Legal Aid – Matthew Kamarul is pretty cool and knows what’s he’s doing. He doesn’t lose paperwork.

Good luck.

colourful sydney rac 10:01 am 26 Feb 10

Geoff Mazengarb from Mazengarb Barralett – was very helpful to me.

steveu 9:26 am 26 Feb 10

Contact Lone Fathers (http://www.lonefathers.com.au/) and get some guidance there.

I am sure Barry or Jim could help.

Sorry to hear you are having hassles – you are not alone, if that makes you feel any better.

The Family Court system still lives in the 1950’s Im sorry to say.

Cheers

Steve

dvaey 9:24 am 26 Feb 10

While Ive never had reason to use a lawyer myself, I have taken someone else to court during which time his lawyer did a few dodgy things. Rather than just leaving the rotten apples to keep on rotting, contact the ACT Law Society and discuss the issues youve had with previous lawyers. They might be able to point you in the right direction and will also be able to investigate any claims you might have against any previous consel youve had. The ACT Law Society can (and in my case, do) investigate and act upon complaints. In my case, it was found the other guys lawyer behaved improperly, and the case went back to court and we won on appeal. This was only a small claims issue, but lawyers have to follow the rules whichever court theyre representing you in.

pptvb 8:24 am 26 Feb 10

Unfortunately you are screwed.
Good luck

NeedHelp 8:24 am 26 Feb 10

So, you’ve had a “few” lawyers, and *all* of them failed to put in any paperwork?

Sorry, but I find that very odd.

Surely, if your first lawyer didn’t submit “paperwork”, then I assume you would have mentioned this fact to your second lawyer, and that lawyer then would have made sure he/she did the right thing. Right?

To then have a “few” lawyers supposedly fail to submit “paperwork” (whatever that means) seems oddly fabricated, or you are not telling us the whole story.

Why didn’t you just ask the lawyer to submit the paperwork and then the case would have continued? Why go to several lawyers? I don’t get it.

Could it be that the outcome was not in your favour and now you are having a whinge?

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