Smallwoods Lawyers Covering the Northern Beaches and North Shore: Local knowledge, personal attention
Based on the Northern Beaches for more than 30 years, Smallwoods Lawyers legal practice is the natural choice for business owners and families seeking legal advice in the areas of business law, family law, conveyancing, property law, wills and estate planning.
The law firm is led by Richard Smallwood, who has intentionally kept the practice small to enable his team of experienced solicitors to provide clients with prompt, efficient and cost-effective service.
"I am particularly proud that Smallwoods Lawyers Northern Beaches are able to provide a quality holistic legal service to clients", he says.
Located in Brookvale on the Northern Beaches, Smallwoods Lawyers specialise in wills, estate planning, family law, commercial and residential conveyancing, business law, local government law and deceased estates.
All aspects of law
Smallwoods Lawyers Northern Beaches specialises in:
- Business law
- Family law
- Commercial and residential conveyancing
- Estate planning
- Deceased estates
- Local government law
Before Smallwoods Lawyers commences work on a client’s behalf, staff explain the basis upon which fees are charged. Methods of calculating fees include an hourly rate or a lump sum. Even if hourly rates are used, Smallwoods Lawyers aim to provide an estimate of the likely fees.
Business law at Smallwoods Lawyers
The services that Smallwoods Lawyers can provide in the area of business law includes:
- Advice on buying and selling a business
- Confidentiality agreements
- Incorporation of company structures
- Establishing discretionary and unit trusts
- Establishing partnership agreements
- Establishing shareholder and unit holder agreements
- Advising and drafting distribution agreements
- Advising on and drafting employment contracts in general contract law
- Consumer law in trade practices and fair trading provisions
Whether you’re buying or selling a business, your Smallwoods solicitor will carefully consider your aims and objectives and will advise on the implications of capital gains and GST issues, which need to be carefully examined.
Smallwoods Lawyers are also experienced in property law issues, which are nearly always an integral part of small business.
Estate planning, wills and deceased estates
Drafting a will and planning your estate are perhaps some of the most important decisions you will ever make.
Often, drafting a 'simple' will without proper consideration of all the consequences of the law can have serious consequences.
Following a property settlement, divorce or breakdown of a relationship, a review of your estate is necessary to ensure your wishes for your estate and financial affairs are implemented.
Smallwoods Lawyers can offer advice on the law and help you implement your objectives.
Commercial and residential conveyancing
Smallwoods Lawyers on the Northern Beaches has more than 50 years of combined experience in conveyancing, from the first homebuyer to seasoned developers.
Some believe conveyancing does not require a solicitor or lawyer, but many licensed conveyancers do not have the breadth of legal knowledge that Smallwoods solicitors possess.
Tax issues such as Capital Gains Tax and GST are often relevant to a conveyancing transaction, and there can be traps for the unwary. "We take the time to discuss the broad picture with you so that your goals are identified," says Richard Smallwood.
"We can also assist you in obtaining finance by referring you to experienced people in whom we have confidence."
Smallwoods also acts for both landlords and tenants in commercial leases.
Family law at Smallwoods Lawyers
Smallwoods Lawyers believe that clients who need advice on general family law, divorce and de facto law issues require their solicitors to not only have the requisite knowledge of these areas of the law - but also the skills to negotiate on their behalf.
"We have been involved in these areas of family law for over 40 years. Our solicitors help you own the outcome of your problems by involving you in the process to the extent you wish," says Richard.
The welfare of children in relationship breakdowns should be paramount. Family and children's counselling opportunities will be discussed and Smallwood lawyers are able to direct you to organisations to provide assistance in this area.
Local government law
Dealing with local councils on development applications (DAs) can be a minefield, but Smallwood lawyers can advise on the preparation of DAs, appearance before local government panels and, if required, appealing against council decisions to review panels and the Land and Environment Court.
"As objectors, your rights are very limited to appeal against unfavourable decisions which may affect you," Richard explains. "However, there are circumstances where an objector may appeal. We can assist you in achieving the best possible outcome."
Although the solicitors at Smallwoods concentrate on particular fields of law, all are capable of undertaking work in all areas of the law undertaken by the firm.
The Smallwoods team of professional laywers are now located at new modern premises in the Lifestyle Working complex on Old Pittwater Road, Brookvale, on the Northern Beaches which offers client parking and conference facilities where solicitors and clients can meet in a relaxed environment.
Smallwoods Lawyers Northern Beaches can help with all your legal requirements including: family law, small business law, commercial and residential conveyancing, estate planning, wills, deceased estates and local government law contact the solicitors at Smallwoods.
Smallwoods Lawyers Northern Beaches: Suite 146, Lifestyle Working 117 Old Pittwater Road Brookvale.