Basic fact Sheet #3 – Family Violence

At Dandenong Family Lawyers we take family violence very seriously and are committed to supporting our clients through this extremely difficult time.

Violence is defined as any of the following: Emotional, verbal, physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse.   It includes threatening behaviour and child abuse.

If you have been subjected to any of the following forms of violence, you should seek legal advice in relation to obtaining an Intervention Order.

An Intervention Order can be known as a Family Violence Intervention Order, Police Family Violence Order, Domestic Violence Order, Violence Restraining Order Apprehended Violence Order, Apprehended Domestic Violence Order, and Protection Order – depending on which Australian State or Territory you are in.

If an Intervention Order has been taken out against you (you will be referred to as the Respondent), or you have taken out an Intervention Order (you will be referred to as the applicant or affected family member).  Matters concerning Intervention Orders are listed in the Magistrates’ Court.  Regardless of whether the matter is listed in Dandenong, Melbourne or a Magistrates’ Court in another Suburb, Dandenong Family Lawyers will be able to assist with providing you with not only legal advice but also representation at Court.

Please contact Dandenong Family Lawyers on 0397920221 to arrange an appointment today.

Basic fact Sheet #2 – Powers of Attorney


Powers of Attorney are documents drawn to enable and authorise another person to legally carry on your affairs.

There are several types of Powers of Attorney:

Financial:  Financial Powers of Attorney enable your attorney to deal with financial matters on your behalf.  You can specify when your Attorney is to act on your behalf, for example should you become incapacitated, or between certain dates etc.

Medical: A Medical Power of Attorney enables you to appoint an agent (person)  to act on your behalf in relation to medical issues.  For example, it will allow your Attorney to speak to your treating medical practitioner on your behalf, make medical decisions on your behalf just as if the donor would if they were competent

Enduring Power of Guardianship: An Enduring Power of Guardianship is a legal document where you (the donor) can appoint a person (the guardian) to make personal and lifestyle decisions on your behalf.  For example, deciding on entering a retirement village etc.

Importantly, the above documents should be drawn while you are mentally and physically sound.  Life can throw unexpected events, and we highly recommend having one of our Solicitors draw these documents on your behalf while you are capable and mentally sound.  Waiting until you are ill or elderly is not encouraged as you may become incapacitated and in turn unable to provide instructions to a Solicitor.


If you would like more information or would like to arrange an appointment to have any of these documents put in place, please contact Dandenong Family Lawyers on 1300 988 631.

Basic fact Sheet #1 – Wills

It is important to seek legal advice in regards to preparing a Will to ensure that your Will not only reflects your wishes, but is also drafted correctly and clearly to minimize any legal disputes arising in the event of your death.

The friendly staff at Dandenong Family Lawyers are committed to providing you with professional and clear advice in relation to your Will.

You should review your Will regularly to ensure it is up to date.   We recommend that you review your Will and seek legal advice if:

  • You marry;
  • You divorce;
  • You have more children;
  • Acquire or dispose of significant assets;
  • Your partner pre-deceases you;
  • Any of your Executors or beneficiaries dies or becomes ill.

If you have any questions, would like legal advice in relation to a Will or would like to draft a Will, please contact Dandenong Family Lawyers on 1300 988 631.

Family law registries are going cashless from 1 July 2015

Family law registries are going cashless from 1 July 2015


The Family Court and Federal Circuit Court’s family law registries are going cashless from 1 July 2015.

Payment for filing and event based fees can still be made in registries via eftpos, debit card and credit card.  Some court filing fees can also be paid online when filing using the Commonwealth Courts Portal.

Dandenong Family Lawyers continues to provide agency services to local and rural law firms to assist in the filing of court documents, inspection of subpoenaed material and court appearances.  For more information, please contact our office on (03)9792 0221 or contact us via our website at

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