Commonly asked questions

What will it cost?

This really does depend on what services you need – and the circumstances of your legal issue.
Check out our Fees and Charges information or better still, get in touch with us.

Do I need a lawyer? Can I just represent myself?

Self-Service? Sure. In some cases you may be able to represent yourself adequately and successfully. However the higher the complexity of your issue the lower the likelihood that you could successfully represent yourself. It also depends alot on you and your capabilities and legal knowledge.

One of the objectives of an initial meeting with your solicitor should be to determine whether this is feasible for you if it is something you really want to do.

Will I go to goal?

Great question. get in touch with us to discuss that one.

Why are lawyers so expensive?

Honestly, is there anything we can say here that doesn’t sound self-serving?
At Burke & Mead we try to provide value for money. Our solicitors are highly trained professionals that you can rely on, in often life altering situations. We work very hard for our clients and when the stakes are high, the costs can be too.

What do I wear to court?


How long will Court take?


Will I get my costs back if I win?


When can I apply for a divorce?


Is there a presumption of 50/50 split in property matters?


Where are you?


What do I wear to court?

You just need to be neat and tidy. No thongs or singlets and nothing revealing or ripped. Generally Courts are relatively conservative places where respect for the judge and court etiquette are appreciated.

How long will court take?

This is another “it depends” answer.
For simple matters it might be one appearance on one day. Delays do happen in a day which can drag things out.
For more serious cases it could be anything from 3 days to 3 weeks to 3 months. A couple of weeks is fairly standard though.

Will I get my costs back if I win?

Excellent question. Will you be terribly surprised if we say “it depends”?
Given the number of variables, it would be best to get in touch with us about that one.

When can I apply for a divorce?

You can apply for a divorce after you have been verifiably separated for at least 12 months. There are some reasons to wait longer, particularly if parenting and property matters haven’t been settled, and it is a very good idea to get in touchor ask us a question if you are considering separation or a divorce.

Is there a presumption of 50/50 split in property matters?

No, there is no presumption of a 50/50 split in property matters. The court will take a number of factors into account and will make a determination on the specific circumstances presented by each party.

Where are you?

We are wherever you need us to be.
We will come to you if you can’t come to us – wherever you are.

I would like to express just how wonderful the team are at Burke & Mead. Every member of the team has excellent customer service and people skills.

The receptionist Venita is always so welcoming and helps in any way she can. I am so extremely grateful to have dealt with such a professional and experienced team.

James, Lucy & Jackie have been fantastic in their service and representation through one of the toughest times in my life. If you need representation and want excellent service and a great outcome, look no further than Burke & Mead.

A.A – Jesmond

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