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The word "Gondwana" stands for the great supercontinent that existed some 200 million years ago. Indian subcontinent, Australia, Africa, South America, NewZealand and Antarctica were the major components of the supercontinent. Gondwana Lawyers Pty Ltd is an incorporated legal practice named after Gondwana. 

At Gondwana Lawyers, we strive to achieve the best outcomes for our clients in following areas of law:

  1. FAMILY LAW;
  2. CRIMINAL LAW;
  3. WILLS AND PROBATE LAW;
  4. PROPERTY LAW INCLUDING CONVEYANCING;
  5. CIVIL LITIGATION; AND
  6. MIGRATION LAW.

  • What is Gondwana Lawyers Pty Ltd?
  • The word "Gondwana" stands for the great supercontinent that existed some 200 million years ago. Indian subcontinent, Australia, Africa, South America, NewZealand and Antarctica were the major components of the supercontinent. Gondwana Lawyers Pty Ltd is an incorporated legal practice named after Gondwana. 

    At Gondwana Lawyers, we strive to achieve the best outcomes for our clients in following areas of law:

    1. FAMILY LAW;
    2. CRIMINAL LAW;
    3. WILLS AND PROBATE LAW;
    4. PROPERTY LAW INCLUDING CONVEYANCING;
    5. CIVIL LITIGATION; AND
    6. MIGRATION LAW.
  • Why should I see a lawyer?
  • Prima facie, law and legal options appear to be based on common sense. To a certain extent they are. However, a vast number of legal issues and problems are not as straight forward as a result the application of law to these unique problems requires an in depth understanding of the complexity of problems and the way the law will apply to each unique set of circumstances. Lawyers, by virtue of their legal training, skills and experiences are better able to understand the problem and application of the statute and legal principles developed by common law to guide you well. It is important to get the first-hand legal opinion on an issue by organising a consultation to have some understanding of your rights and obligations in relation to your matter or circumstances. In certain circumstances, it may even be the case that a lawyer could help you minimise the loss that you would have otherwise suffered due to the facts of your unique circumstances. A consultation in most cases does not have to cost you through the roof but could potentially save a roof over your head.

  • What is a costs agreement?
  • Cost agreement is just like any other agreement between a service providor and service recipient, in this instance it is between you and the legal practitioner. It aims to ensure that the legal practitioner works as per your instructions and the variations thereto and the legal practitioner gets paid for the work done. There are legal requirements and professional responsibility standards that legal practitioners have to abide by in offering you the costs agreements. It makes perfect sense from consumer protection point of view and further costs agreements are referable contractual documents in the event of any dispute.

    You may seek independent legal advice in relation to the costs agreement but for most it may appear to be another problem before their own real problem/s. Without negativing or minimising the need for independent legal advice, it will still make much sense in seeking explanations from the legal practitioner who offers you a costs agreement so that you are clear about the terms before signing it. 

    Costs agreement is a prudent measure prudently put in place for prudent clients and the prudent lawyers.

  • How are the costs calculated and how can I help in keeping the costs low?
  • There are normally three ways the costs are calculated:

    a. On hourly basis;    b. On lumpsum basis;         c. On blended- hourly and lumpsum basis. 

    It is important to clarify how the costs will be calculated in advance.

    You can help in reduction of your costs by following some simple tips:

    1. Understand your costs agreement;
    2. If you are providing us with a number of documents, have them organised in a chronological or some other logical way. It will save us time and for you: money.
    3. You may choose to supply us photocopies alongwith the original documents;
    4. Avoid unnecessary emails or telephone calls;
    5. Be organised before making a phone call or sending an email. Be concise to the extent possible;
    6. Be punctual for your appointments. If for a certain reason you are unable to keep your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible; and
    7. Be actively involved with the process. You may offer your services for a certain part of the job on the basis of your skills (e.g. you may be good at typing). Depending upon a number of considerations your offer may be accepted so that costs are kept to the minimum. However there may be occasions when your help may not be accepted due to nature of the work, specialised equipment being used for the work or some specialised skills that are required to accomplish the task. Need not to be disappointed. It is always good to offer.
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