Family Law Solutions for Toorak Residents

At Matthies Lawyers, we are committed to providing expert legal advice and support to clients in the Toorak area who are facing family law issues. Our family lawyers help with divorce, custody, property, wills, and estates.

Also offering property conveyancing and animal law services.

Contact Matthies Lawyers today for reliable, professional legal assistance tailored to your needs.

Family & Divorce Law

Wills & Estates

Property Conveyancing

Estate Disputes

Animal Law


Why Choose Us?

When you choose Matthies Lawyers, you can expect:

  • Experienced and dedicated legal representation.
  • Personalised attention and support from start to finish.
  • A compassionate and understanding approach to your case.
  • Clear and honest communication at every step of the process.
  • A commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for you and your family.

At Matthies Lawyers, we understand that family law issues can be emotional and challenging, and we are here to guide you every step of the way.

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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!

Client-Focused Approach

At Matthies Lawyers, we take pride in providing exceptional legal services to our clients.

We understand that family law matters can be complex and emotionally charged. That’s why we are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest level of support and guidance throughout their legal journey.

Our compassionate and understanding approach to family law means that we take the time to listen to your concerns and develop a tailored legal strategy that meets your unique needs.

We believe that clear and honest communication is key to achieving the best possible outcome for you and your family, and we are committed to keeping you informed at every step of the process.

With our team of family lawyers by your side, you can trust that your case is in good hands.

Our Lawyers

Our experienced team offers supportive and pragmatic counsel in all areas of Family Law and the related field of Wills and Estate Planning and claims for further and better provision. We also deal with Property Conveyancing and Animal Law. 

James Matthies

James Matthies

Family Law and Estate Planning

Kate Scolyer

Kate Scolyer

Family Law and Estate Planning

Our Legal Services

At Matthies Lawyers, we are committed to providing our clients with comprehensive legal services in a variety of areas including:

1. Family & Divorce Law

We offer advice in various areas of family and relationship law such as property, divorce, parenting arrangements, child support, spousal maintenance, same-sex relationships, binding financial agreements, de facto relationships, and family violence.

Our lawyers are transparent, empathetic, and experienced, striving to settle disputes outside of Court through negotiation and mediation.

2. Estate Planning

We have experience in preparing wills, letters of administration, and powers of attorney for financial and medical treatment.

We also handle estate administration, testamentary trusts, and testators’ family maintenance claims.

We can offer options to avoid disputes over your will, such as memorandums of wishes.

3. Probate and Deceased Estates

We offer assistance in obtaining grants of probate, letters of administration, and lodging a caveat to stop a grant of probate. Whether you have a will or not, Matthies Lawyers can help you or your family navigate the legal process.

4. Will Disputes

Our lawyers can assist you with:

  • Claims for further provision.
  • Proving that a Will was not valid, due to the Will Maker or Testator not having testamentary capacity.
  • Removing an executor who was not acting in the best interest of an estate.
  • Obtaining financial documents relating to the estate and forcing the executor to distribute the estate.
  • Undue influence and improper conduct.
  • Cy-près applications.
  • Interpretation of Wills.
  • Informal Wills.

5. Property Conveyancing

Our lawyers can help you with:

  • Section 32s and other contracts.
  • Provide legal advice including review of Contract and Section 32 Vendor.
  • Statement before you purchase.
  • Perform local council searches.
  • Deal with all regulatory authorities.
  • Transfer the funds to pay for your property.
  • Buying & selling off the plan.
  • Land Division.
  • Land transfers.
  • Residential and Commercial Conveyancing.
  • Resolution of disputes that may arise during a property transaction.
  • Lodging of caveats.

6. Animal Law

We offer legal representation for cases involving veterinary negligence and dog-related offenses.

Schedule a Consultation Now

Fill out our quick form to schedule a consultation with one of our family lawyers. We’ll discuss your legal options and work with you to find the best solution for your family law matter.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is family law?

Family law is a set of laws that deals with legal issues related to families and relationships.

The primary legislation governing family law in Australia is the Family Law Act 1975.

Family law matters are heard in the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Do I need a lawyer for a family law matter, or can I handle it on my own?

While it is possible to handle a family law matter on your own, it is highly recommended to seek legal advice from a qualified family lawyer.

Family law is complex and the outcomes of family law matters can have significant long-term consequences for you and your family.

A family lawyer can provide you with legal advice and guidance, help you understand your legal rights and obligations, and advocate on your behalf in court proceedings.

What types of cases does a family lawyer handle?

Family lawyers handle a wide range of legal issues related to families and relationships, including divorce, child custody, child support, property settlements, spousal maintenance, adoption, surrogacy, and family violence intervention orders.

Family lawyers can also assist with dispute resolution processes such as mediation, negotiation, and collaborative law.

Can a family lawyer help with issues related to domestic violence?

Yes, a family lawyer can assist with issues related to domestic violence.

They can provide legal advice on obtaining a family violence intervention order, represent clients in court proceedings, and help clients understand their legal rights and options.

Family lawyers can also refer clients to support services, such as counsellors and victim support groups.

How long does a family law case usually take?

The length of a family law case can vary greatly depending on the complexity of the issues involved, the level of cooperation between the parties, and the backlog of cases in the court system.

Simple cases, such as uncontested divorces, can be resolved relatively quickly, while more complex cases involving property disputes, child custody, or family violence can take several months or even years to resolve.

It is important to seek legal advice to understand the likely timeframe for your case.

How much does it cost to hire a family lawyer?

The cost of hiring a family lawyer can vary depending on a range of factors, including the complexity of the legal issues involved, the level of experience and qualifications of the lawyer, and the amount of time and work required to resolve the matter.

Some lawyers charge an hourly rate, while others may offer fixed-fee or contingency fee arrangements.

It is important to discuss fees and charges with your lawyer at the outset to ensure you are aware of the likely costs involved.

How can I contact Matthies Lawyers for legal assistance?

There are several ways to get in touch with Matthies Lawyers.

You can call us at our phone number (03 8692 2517) or email us at

Additionally, you can fill out the contact form on our website and one of our representatives will get back to you as soon as possible.