OUR SERVICES

Family Law

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At Nicholas George Lawyers, we are experienced in assisting our client’s in resolving their family law matters in an efficient, professional and cost effective manner. Our lawyers always ensure that we have our client’s best interests in mind when negotiating family law settlements and drafting family law agreements for our clients.

Family law is an area which requires superior negotiation and advocacy skills under a ‘pressure cooker environment’. As such, our solicitors all understand the pressures and stress that are associated with family law matters. The Principal Solicitor, Mr Nicholas Georgeopoulos (“Nicholas George”) and the firm’s senior solicitor, Ms Lydia Santoso personally take responsibility for the firm’s family law matters. This ensures that the best possible representation is provided and the best outcome is achieved for all of the firms clients.

Mr Georgeopoulos is known for his thorough, straightforward, and compassionate approach in finalizing family law matters on behalf of the firm’s clients. Mr George and Ms Santoso are also experienced in negotiating and drafting family law agreements and consent orders which relate to the division of matrimonial assets and also appropriate orders in relation to the custody and visitation rights in relation to children.

Our lawyers will always strive to achieve a settlement of each family law matter on terms which are favourable to you and we will always attempt to avoid the commencement of costly court proceedings. Should however court proceedings be unavoidable, our lawyers will vigorously fight on your behalf and engage the best barristers to fight for you in the Family Court.


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Criminal Law / Courtwork

At Nicholas George Lawyers we have more than a decade of experience in representing clients in Criminal Law matters including Drink Driving (& all other traffic related matters), Common Assault, Domestic Violence & AVO’s, Appeals to the District Court.

We also conduct many other local court criminal matters such as: Use/Make false instrument, Obtaining goods by deception and fraud related offences, Bail Applications, Drive Whilst Disqualified or Cancelled, Menacing Driving, Larceny/Theft and Possession of drug matters.

We would highly recommend that anyone charged by Police in criminal matters obtain experienced legal advice and representation before appearing at Court and entering a Plea as it can make the difference between being found GUILTY or being found NOT GUILTY and between gaining a criminal conviction (or criminal record) and not gaining a criminal conviction (or criminal record). At Nicholas George Lawyers, we have over 10 years of experience in providing advice to clients as to whether they should PLEAD GUILTY or NOT GUILTY in relation to the criminal offences they have been charged with.

In relation to DRINK DRIVING matters it is also important to obtain thorough legal representation and advice as it can mean the difference between losing your license or saving your license and between gaining a criminal conviction or in having the charge dismissed under Section 10 of the Crimes Sentencing Procedure Act. We are experienced at gaining Section 10's for drink driving matters which means that our client's can often keep their license and avoid having to pay a fine and avoid gaining a criminal conviction and record. At Nicholas George Lawyers we are highly skilled at presenting your case including submitting the appropriate character references and other necessary documentation to the Magistrate to gain the best result possible in your individual circumstances.

Our Principal Solicitor, Mr Georgeopoulos has more than a decade of experience in representing clients and obtaining successful results in criminal matters. Mr Georgeopoulos is available to represent clients in criminal matters in all local courts in Sydney including all of the following Local Courts: Downing Centre, Waverley Court, Newtown Court, Sutherland Court, Balmain Court, Kogarah Court, North Sydney Court, Burwood Court and Manly Court.

Property Law

Our firm specializes in all forms Property Law and Conveyancing via our property division of Bondi Conveyancing . While we are a firm of lawyers located in Bondi Junction in Sydney, we represent clients all over the Sydney and NSW region in all of the following property law and Conveyancing matters:

  1. Selling and purchasing residential property in Sydney & NSW
  2. Selling and purchasing commercial property in Sydney & NSW
  3. Buying off the plan sales and purchases in Sydney & NSW
  4. First Home Buyers
  5. Acting for developers
  6. Transfer of property to relatives
  7. Refinancing of mortgages

Commercial and Retail Leases in Sydney & NSW generally.

Challenging Wills & Probate

A Will may be challenged under the Succession Act (NSW). There are a specific class of “eligible persons” that have the right under this Act to challenge a Will. This class of persons includes a deceased person’s spouse (husband, wife or de facto), children, parents and step-children, amongst others.

If you have been left out of a Will or not provided for properly in a Will we would be pleased to provide you with a free initial assessment of your claim in order to provide you with advice as to the likelihood of you being successful in challenging the Will and obtaining a monetary decision or settlement in your favour. We will also in most cases be prepared to take on your matter on a no win no fee basis. There is often a good chance of succeeding in challenging a Will. Our lawyers are equiped to deal with all estate matters including the most complex Supreme Court matters. We have a wealth of knowledge in relation to Supreme Court Litigation matters and can therefore provide accurate advice to your likelihood of success and also adopt the best strategy to ensure the best possible result.

Please contact our office on 02 9386 0470 should you wish to make an obligation free appointment with one of our solicitors.

Probate

Probate is the process whereby the Supreme Court of NSW grants legal authority to the executor under a Will to administer the estate of a deceased person. The executor is then able to legally act in order to distribute the assets of the estate to the beneficiaries under the Will. An application is required to be lodged with the Supreme Court and affidavit evidence is required to be filed in Court together with a Summons. There are also a number of other steps that are required to occur in any given Probate Application. Please enquire as to our reasonable fixed fees for obtaining probate on your behalf.

Should you require our assistance in this regard then we would be pleased to lodge and complete all required documentation in an efficient manner on your behalf in order to obtain Probate from the Supreme Court. We will also be able facilitate any transfer of property assets that may be required into the executor’s name and to any beneficiaries under the Will.

Drafting Wills

Wills are one of the most important documents that you will ever require. Our lawyers are experienced in Will drafting and take meticulous care when it comes to drafting your Will in order to make sure that your testamentary wishes are fulfilled. Our lawyers are experienced in drafting a variety of Wills from “simple” Wills to more complex Wills involving testamentary trusts and involving numerous assets classes. We have reasonable fixed fees rates for a standard Will. Contact us to learn more.

Business Law / Leases

At Nicholas George Lawyers our solicitors are well equipped to deal with a range of business law matters including the sale and purchase of businesses, preparing both commercial and retail leases for landlords and reading and advising prospective tenants on Leases and negotiating amendments to Leases on behalf of tenants. We are also able to draft employment contracts and consultancy agreements and provide advice on employee contracts and employee rights and entitlements.

When purchasing a business there are many factors to consider including thoroughly assessing any lease which is already pre-existing. This will normally form part of the sale of business agreement. It is also important to have appropriately drafted clauses in the agreement to ensure that a purchaser is not exposing themselves to any pre-existing liabilities of the business including any employee entitlements that the previous owner is liable for. Caution therefore needs to be taken that these are not passed on with the sale of the business. Other matters to consider include taxation issues such as whether the sale is the sale of a “going concern” and is therefore GST free or whether GST must be added to the purchase price. Stamp duty and Capital Gains tax are other taxes which require advice and consideration.

Wills & Probate

WILL DRAFTING

Wills are one of the most important documents that you will ever require to be drafted. Our lawyers are experienced in Will drafting and take meticulous care when it comes to drafting your Will in order to make sure that your testamentary wishes are fulfilled. Our lawyers are experienced in drafting a variety of Wills from “simple” Wills to more complex Wills involving testamentary trusts and involving numerous assets (including company shares).

PROBATE

Probate is the process whereby the Supreme Court of NSW grants legal authority to the executor under a Will to administer the estate of a deceased person. The executor is then able to legally act in order to distribute the assets of the estate to the beneficiaries under the Will. An application is required to be lodged with the Supreme Court and affidavit evidence is required to be filed in Court together with a Summons. There are also a number of other steps that are required to occur in any given Probate Application.

Should you require our assistance in this regard then we would be pleased to lodge and complete all required documentation in an efficient manner on your behalf in order to obtain Probate from the Supreme Court. We will also be able facilitate any transfer of property assets that may be required into the executor’s name and to any beneficiaries under the Will.

CHALLENGING WILLS

A Will may be challenged under the Family Provisions Act (NSW). There are a specific class of “eligible persons” that have the right under this Act to challenge a Will. This class of persons includes a deceased person’s spouse (husband, wife or de facto), children, brothers, sisters, parents and step children, amongst others.

If you have been left out of a Will or not provided for properly in a Will we would be pleased to provide you with a free initial conference (at no charge) in order to provide you with advice as to the likelihood of you being successful in challenging the Will. We will also in many cases be prepared to take on your matter on a >no win no fee basis. There is often a good chance of succeeding in challenging a Will. Our lawyers are up to date with the latest cases being decided by the Supreme Court of NSW. We can therefore provide accurate advice to our client’s in relation to your likelihood of success.

Please contact our office on 02 9386 0470 should you wish to make an obligation free appointment with one of our solicitors.

Indonesian Speaking Lawyer

Lydia Santoso, senior associate of the firm specialises in the niche area of Indonesian-Australian law. Lydia is an Australian qualified lawyer and Public Notary, having obtained an Arts/Law degrees from the University of New South Wales. Lydia speaks fluent Indonesian and English and has worked in law firms both in Sydney and Jakarta. Lydia is well known in the Indonesian community in Sydney and has amassed a large number of Indonesian clients both in Australia and Indonesia. Lydia has a strong relationship with the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia and the firm has acted for the Consulate in legal matters. Lydia has also acted for many Indonesian business owners located in the greater Sydney area, Indonesian property developers, Australian businesses with interests in Indonesia and many Indonesians living in Australia.

Being half Indonesian and half Australian, Lydia understands the Indonesian culture and provides valuable assistance to Indonesians who do not understand the Australian legal system fully or who do not speak the English language. Lydia also represents Australians who are unfamiliar with the Indonesian culture, language and the Indonesian Legal System. Lydia can provide advice in relation to Australian law in Bahasa Indonesia.

Having worked in Indonesia, Lydia has gained the knowledge and skill in how to operate within the unique Indonesian legal system. Lydia has close relationships with Indonesian law firms and notaries in Indonesia. Lydia is also the current Chair of the NSW branch of the Australian-Indonesian Business Council and was involved in the recent Trade Delegation, which attended the ASEAN Summit held in Bali in November 2011.

Lydia has spoken at seminars to the Indonesian community at the invitation of non-profit community organisations. Lydia and Nicholas George Lawyers can assist you in the following areas of Australian law: Family law, business law & leases, wills and probate matters (including obtaining letters of administration where no Will is left by the deceased), intellectual property (trademarks & copyright), buying & selling property, commercial litigation & Court matters and Criminal Law.


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Litigation Matters

At Nicholas George Lawyers, our lawyers have over a decade of experience in representing clients in court.

This experience includes representing clients in all of the following Courts: Local Court, District Court, Supreme Court, Federal Court, Chief Industrial Magistrates Court, Industrial Relations Commission (Federal & State), Consumer Trader & Tenancy Tribunal, Workers Compensation Commission, Administrative Decisions Tribunal, Claims Assessment & Resolution Service (CARS) under the Motor Accident Authority, Family Court, Federal Magistrates Court, Land & Environment Court.

Our lawyers are skilled in negotiating settlements on behalf of clients and in attending court and representing clients in defended hearings. We also have a panel of barristers which we engage to act on behalf of our client’s depending on the nature of the particular matter.

Should you require representation in any of the above Courts, please contact our office so that an appointment may be arranged with one of our qualified solicitors.

Intellectual Property

Our Senior Associate, Lydia Santoso is responsible for all of the firms Intellectual Property work with a focus on Trade Marks and copyright. Lydia has a wealth of experience dealing with Intellectual Property and Trade Mark Law having acted for in legal matters for the following companies such as Virgin Enterprises Limited (Richard Branson’s parent company), Richemont, Mars Inc. (Food/Confectionary), Motorola, Seiko, Educational Testing Service (TOEFL®), Beiersdorf, Lee Cooper Jeans, Sampoerna Strategic, Tuchuzy Clothing, Surfish Café. Lydia deals with contentious and non-contentious matters ranging from protection and prosecution of trademarks through to enforcement. Lydia has experience in Australian and Indonesian intellectual property law, after spending some time working at a leading intellectual property firm in Jakarta Indonesia.

Should you require any assistance with any Intellectual Property/Trade Marking matters please do not hesitate to contact Lydia Santoso from our office.

Notary Services

Our Senior Associate, Lydia Santoso is a practicing Notary Public. She is able to assist with the preparation, witnessing and certification of various documents for use overseas.

Nicholas George Lawyers offers a full service for documents to be used in anywhere in the world from notarising to lodging documents with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and attending consulates or embassies for legalisation. If you require your documents to be sent overseas we are also able to arrange express postage to your required location.

Our notarial services include:
  • Witnessing signatures of individuals to documents and authenticating identity;
  • Witnessing Powers of Attorney for use overseas;
  • Property Law & Leases;
  • Dealing with documentation for land, property and deceased estates overseas; and
  • For corporations and businesses, witnessing documents and authenticating status and transactions

Lydia is fluent in Bahasa Indonesian and is able to assist clients with understanding Indonesian documents and processes.

If you decide to engage Nicholas George Lawyers to notarise documents for you please bring along a copy of your current passport. If you do not own a passport then please bring along your drivers licence or identification card as well as your Medicare card or credit card as proof of identity.