Specialised Family Law Services for Richmond Residents

Facing legal matters, especially family-related, can be daunting. At Matthies Lawyers, we understand the complexity of these situations and are devoted to providing expert, empathetic, and transparent legal services in Richmond.

Contact us today for dependable and professional legal support that’s customised to your unique requirements.

Family & Divorce Law

Wills & Estates

Property Conveyancing

Estate Disputes

Animal Law


Why Choose Matthies Lawyers?

Reasons to trust Matthies Lawyers with your family law needs:

  • Seasoned professionals with broad experience.
  • Tailored services to meet your specific needs.
  • Honest and clear communication.
  • Committed to your best interest.
  • Guided assistance through each step.
  • Exceptional legal support.

At Matthies Lawyers we understand that dealing with family law matters can be emotionally intense and difficult.

It’s our mission to walk with you through these challenging times, providing the support you need at every turn.

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Contact Matthies Lawyers for a confidential discussion about how we can help you.

Client Testimonials

Hear What Our Clients Have to Say About Us

Based on 43 reviews
Robert Lyon
Robert Lyon
September 25, 2023
I recently needed some help with documents from offshore. Mathies fitted me in at short notice. They were courteous and knowledgeable and I highly recommend them to anyone else. R.G.(Bob) Lyon OF
Martin Ginnane
Martin Ginnane
September 3, 2023
A brilliant experience from our first appearance.
Sebastian Kowaleczko
Sebastian Kowaleczko
September 3, 2023
We engaged Matthies Lawyers to assist us with Probate, both James and Kate were really helpful and made the process seamless during a very difficult time.
Phillip Ince
Phillip Ince
July 20, 2023
We were referred to Matthies Lawyers for Estate planning as we came near to retirement. Since then we've used James & his team for another matter. His focus was always with our best interest at the forefront. Highly recommend Matthies Lawyers
Simon Norcott
Simon Norcott
June 23, 2023
If you are looking for a responsive, transparent and experienced legal group as you move through conveyancing - then I recommend a call to James and team. Legal process can be a guessing game at times, but James and team make sure you are informed at all times and get the outcome you are after. Can’t wait to connect when the next project is underway.
Seonaid Alexander
Seonaid Alexander
June 23, 2023
Very efficient and quick to respond to my queries.
Frances Kalff
Frances Kalff
May 19, 2023
Prompt professional attention and action for an urgent matter A pleasure to deal with Matthies Lawyers. I highly recommend Matthies Lawyers and will continue to consult with them as needed.
Estella Qing
Estella Qing
March 20, 2023
I had a great experience with Matthies Lawyers. From beginning to end, Chiara and James were a pleasure to communicate with and made for a smooth and streamlined process overall. I would highly recommend!

Compassionate Representation Tailored For You

Every family and individual has unique circumstances, requiring an equally unique approach to legal representation. At Matthies Lawyers, we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all strategy. Our strength lies in our ability to provide personalised, tailored solutions that reflect your specific needs.

We know that legal situations can be emotionally taxing, more so when they involve family matters. That’s why we approach each case with empathy, understanding, and sensitivity. We aim to make the process as smooth as possible for you, offering clear guidance and support every step of the way.

Our team of legal experts in Richmond work closely with you, providing the compassionate representation you need.

Our Lawyers

Matthies Lawyers’ expert team is here to help with Family Law, Wills, Estate Planning, and more.

We also specialise in Property Conveyancing and Animal Law, providing comprehensive legal support to meet all your needs.

James Matthies

James Matthies

Family Law and Estate Planning

Kate Scolyer

Kate Scolyer

Family Law and Estate Planning

​Our Expertise

We provide comprehensive legal services with a primary focus on:

1. Family & Divorce Law

We’re here to help with all parts of family and divorce law. We can assist with issues like property, divorce, and child support. Our team is open, understanding, and very experienced. We work hard to settle disagreements peacefully and keep things out of court whenever possible

2. Estate Planning

We assist in drafting wills, setting up powers of attorney, and executing estate administration. Our aim is to facilitate clear and concise legal documents that prevent disputes over your will and ensure your assets are handled as per your intentions.

3. Probate and Deceased Estates

Navigating the probate process can be complex. Our services include obtaining grants of probate and providing guidance for families during these difficult times, whether a will is present or not.”

4. Will Disputes

When conflicts arise over wills, we are here to help. We assist in a range of areas including claims for further provisions, establishing the validity of a will, replacing an executor, and more.

Our lawyers are committed to protecting your rights and the intentions of the deceased.

5. Property Conveyancing

We’re here to make buying or selling property easier for you. Our team can help with everything from reviewing contracts to dealing with local councils and official rules.

We aim to make all property transactions smooth and hassle-free, whether it’s residential or commercial.

6. Animal Law

Professional representation in cases involving veterinary negligence and dog-related offenses.

Schedule a Free Consultation Today

Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. We’ll listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and help you confidently navigate the complex legal landscape.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a family lawyer do?

A family lawyer provides legal advice and representation in matters related to family law, such as divorce, child custody, property settlements, spousal maintenance, and domestic violence.

They assist clients in resolving disputes, negotiating agreements, and representing them in court if necessary.

How do I choose a family lawyer in Richmond?

When choosing a family lawyer, look for someone who has experience in family law, understands your situation, and can provide you with practical and realistic advice.

You should also consider their communication style, availability, and fees. It’s important to feel comfortable with your lawyer as family law matters can be emotional and stressful.

What are the steps involved in a divorce?

The steps involved in a divorce may vary depending on your specific circumstances, but generally, they include filing a divorce application, serving the application on your spouse, attending court hearings (if required), negotiating a property settlement and/or parenting arrangements, and obtaining a divorce order from the court.

How is property divided in a divorce?

Property division in a divorce is based on the principles of “just and equitable,” which means that assets and liabilities are divided fairly based on the parties’ contributions, future needs, and other factors.

This may involve the sale of property, the transfer of property ownership, or the payment of a lump sum or ongoing maintenance.

How is child custody determined?

Child custody is determined based on the best interests of the child, taking into account factors such as their relationship with each parent, their preferences (if they are of sufficient age and maturity), and their safety and welfare.

Custody arrangements may involve sole or joint custody, shared parenting, or other arrangements that are in the child’s best interests.

How long does it take to resolve a family law matter?

The time it takes to resolve a family law matter depends on the complexity of the case and the parties’ willingness to negotiate and cooperate.

Some matters can be resolved quickly through negotiation or mediation, while others may take months or even years to resolve, particularly if they involve court proceedings.