Whether you have been planning a separation for some time, or you have been taken completely by surprise, separation can involve harsh realities and unwelcome changes for all involved. In the early stages you may feel isolated, grief-stricken and unable to make plans, however, it is essential to get organised and take control to protect […]
Director, Solicitor & Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner
Anna is a Director of Roberts Legal and accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. She has been with the firm since its first year of operation. She has over 12 years’ experience as a Solicitor in the areas of Family Law, Property Law, Deceased Estates, Estate Planning and Contested Wills claims.
Her practice is focused on advising and assisting clients to identify and resolve issues and disputes in relation to relationship breakdown, end of life and guardianship issues and contested wills claims. She expertly assists her clients to resolve sensitive and emotional family issues with efficiency and composure.
Marriage breakdown, end of life issues and disputes are multi-faceted events involving many emotions and often a great deal of stress for my clients. As an experienced Family Lawyer, and an accredited Family Law Mediator, I help my clients to identify and achieve practical outcomes as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. I have the understanding, ability and experience to help my clients to get through these difficult events and to move on to happier times.
Anna was admitted as a Solicitor in 2005 having completed degrees in Communications and Laws at the University of Newcastle. Anna holds a Master’s degree in Applied Family Law and is an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (Mediator). Anna operates a Family Law Mediation practice, Blue Sky Mediation.
Areas of Law
Property & Estates Law
Advanced Estate Planning
Wills, Powers of Attorney & Enduring Guardian
Contested Wills Claims
Articles by Anna
It is important that you keep your Estate Planning up-to-date as your circumstances change and that you are confident that nothing has been overlooked. To help you better undertand the issues relevant to Advanced Estate Planning, in 2016 we released “Advanced Estate Planning – Simple Legal Solutions“. This Guide deals with the following common Estate Planning […]
Andrew has recently started his own business. Andrew has incorporated a company of which he is the sole director and entered into a number of contracts with suppliers. As the director Andrew has also signed a number of personal guarantees. Andrew’s father Mark wants to help Andrew out with his new business venture and has […]
John and Jane are in their 60s and have been in a de facto relationship for 10 years. They have both been married previously and each have adult children from a previous relationship. John entered the relationship with significantly more assets than Jane, including the home they now live in. John wants to ensure that […]
Sue is married with two (2) adult children and a grandchild on the way. Sue operates a small business as a sole trader. Sue is an only child and expects that she will soon receive a substantial inheritance from her elderly mother. Sue seeks legal advice as to what she should do to ensure her […]
With the aging population and the number of blended families and second spouses on the rise it is increasingly important that your Estate Plan effectively addresses the competing interests of your children and a second spouse. Life Interests or Rights of Residence created in a Will are common parts of many Estate Plans when there […]
A Binding Financial Agreement is an agreement entered into before, during or after a relationship. If a Binding Financial Agreement exists the Court will not have the power to make an order affecting the matters covered by the agreement. As a result, a Binding Financial Agreement will only be binding if it includes proper financial […]
Most people presume that unless you have lived together for 2 years you are not a de facto couple. This is not true. Living together is only 1 of 9 factors the Court considers when determining whether parties have been in a de facto relationship. Other factors include, the length of cohabitation, if the parties […]
Yes. If your de facto relationship can be classified as a de facto relationship under the Family Law Act, and you meet the requirements for Spousal Maintenance under the Act, you may be entitled to Spousal Maintenance. Important Disclaimer
Parties can have a partial property settlement by agreement. This may be appropriate in circumstances where parties are in need of funds and are still in the process of negotiating a settlement or parties have applied to the Court and a final hearing is not for a considerable amount of time. If one of the […]
Yes, the Court can make interim Orders in relation to property and children’s matters at any time. An interim Order is an Order made before the final determination of an Initiating Application. For example, a party may apply to the Court for an interim Order to decide where a child lives until such time as […]
Family Court proceedings are commenced by using an Initiating Application form. An Initiating Application contains details of your matter including the interim and final Orders that you are seeking.
Contact us as soon as possible to discuss your circumstances and make an appointment to see one of our Family Law Lawyers. You will be required to attend Court on the date stamped at the top right hand corner of the Application. You will also be required to file a Response and Affidavit and serve […]
Make a note of the date of separation even if you and your partner remained living under the same roof following separation. Both you and your partner will be required to make full and frank financial disclosure as part of any property settlement proceedings. Start a folder and collect you and your former partner’s recent […]
Until the Court makes an order both parents can make decisions in relation to a child, even if the child is not living with them. The Court can make an order deciding if both parents have equal parental responsibility or if one parent will have sole parental responsibility. There is a presumption that equal parental […]
Married couples that separate can formalise a Property Settlement at any time after separation. There is no requirements that the parties need to be Divorced at the time of the Property Settlement. However, once parties are Divorced there is a 12 month limitation period that applies. This means if you are not able to reach […]
A property settlement is legally binding only if it occurs pursuant to a Binding Financial Agreement or Consent Orders. If you decide to informally document your property settlement you should be aware that your former partner can change their mind and apply to the Court for a property settlement that is different to the one […]
Most family law matters are resolved by negotiation and agreement. You should obtain advice from a Family Law Solicitor at an early stage to assist you in your negotiations with your former partner. If you are able to reach an agreement with your former partner, either directly or via your Solicitor, the agreement should be […]
What is a Contested Wills Claim? A Contested Wills Claim (more commonly know as a family provision claim) is a claim made by an “eligible person” against your Estate Assets after your death. The Succession Act 2006 empowers the Courts to make Orders in effect remaking a person’s Will where the “eligible person” has been […]
What is an Asset Protection Trust? (also known as a Testamentary Trust) An Asset Protection Trust is simply a Trust created by a valid Will and funded by Estate Assets. The Trust commences when the Executor finishes administering the Estate. There a many different types of Testamentary Trusts that can be established in a Will. Most Asset […]
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Anna was compassionate and understanding during what was a difficult period of my life.
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“Anna Roberts has a detailed and thorough understanding of legal matters, and at the same time portrays that human side that makes one feel at ease to know that your legal issues are being looked after by a competent professional”
I would highly recommend Anna Roberts to anyone who needs legal advice in relation to the preparation of Wills and organising their affairs.
“Anna prepared my Will, Power of Attorney and Appointment of Enduring Guardian without delay. She explained them to me in plain-English and made sure I understood their contents before I signed them.
I would highly recommend Anna Roberts to anyone who needs legal advice in relation to the preparation of Wills and organising their affairs.”
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“Thanks Sam and the team for excellent service in recent months – estate matters, property transfers and resolution of debt disputes. Your services have been prompt, efficient, professional and considerate of our needs. But most of all, thanks for getting the results we sought.”
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I always felt informed and had confidence in the support I was provided. I would certainly recommend Anna to anyone in a similar situation.
“I had the pleasure of dealing with Anna Roberts earlier this year on a rather complex family law issue involving superannuation. Anna provided me comprehensive advice and recommended course of action. I always felt informed and had confidence in the support I was provided. I would certainly recommend Anna to anyone in a similar situation.”