Our Firm

Smithson Lawyers Gold Coast is an exclusive Family Law and Estates practice located at Robina on the Gold Coast.

Established in 2003, Smithson Lawyers Gold Coast has been helping families to sort out their legal issues and is a firm you can trust.

We care about people. We understand that legal matters are often stressful, and we try and make it as simple and easy as possible for you. That's why our clients keep coming back and referring their friends to us.

Smithson Lawyers Gold Coast will keep you involved every step of the way and want you to fully understand what is happening in your matter. We will keep you up to date at all times throughout your matter and will be available for you.

If you need a competent and experienced lawyer than Smithson Lawyers Gold Coast is here to help you.

How We Help Our Family Law Clients

We are an expert Family Law practice, so you can be assured that we can assist you in any type of Family Law situation that arises. There is nothing we haven't seen.

Some of the types of matters we can assist you in are:

Divorce
Simple and complex property matters
Children's matters
Domestic violence including physical, verbal, financial and sexual abuse
Contraventions or Breaches of Court Orders
Hague Convention matters
Child Safety matters
Magellan matters
Relocation
Child Support
Spousal Maintenance
Recovery and Location Matters
Name changes
Medical Procedures
Same Sex Relationships
Child Protection Proceedings with the Department of Child Safety

 

Because Family Law is what we do, we are experienced to be able to work out what is the best way forward for your matter. This may include:

Negotiation
Mediation
Conciliation
Arbitration
Court Proceedings

Whilst at Smithson Lawyers Gold Coast we will help our clients to negotiate or mediate wherever possible, we have the expertise to be able to proceed to Court where the issues are complex or where negotiations or mediations fall apart.

We are an experienced litigation firm - so if your matter is before the Court, we can handle it and get you the best possible outcome.

 

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How We Help Our Wills & Estate Clients

Estate Planning is something that we don't often want to think about. At Smithson Lawyers Gold Coast we make the Estate Planning Process easy. Whether you need to make a new Will or Power of Attorney we can ensure that your Estate needs are met.

We also have experienced Estate Lawyers who can help with Estate Disputes and Contesting Wills.

 

The ways we can help you with Will & Estate Administration include:

Estate Planning including preparation of new Wills (including complex Wills); and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Estate Challenges including Family Provision Applications, Removal of Executors/Administrators, Claims etc

Deceased Estates including Probate and Letters of Administration

Couple planning a will

 

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How We Help Our Property Law Clients

Buying or Selling a Property? Let our friendly conveyancing team help guide you through it. We can help you with:

Checking the Contract before you sign
Conducting searches on the Property to make sure you are protected
Liaising with your bank
Ensuring all mortgages over the property are released at settlement
Arranging Stamp Duty Discounts (where applicable)
First Home Owner grants and Stamp Duty Exemptions (where applicable)
Making sure adjustments are made for rates, water etc. so that you are only paying for the time you are in the property.

 

We Provide Expert Conveyancing Advice

If you are Buying or Selling a Property you don't want to let just anyone handle it. At Smithson Lawyers Gold Coast, we have experienced Property Lawyers to assist you with your conveyancing.

We ensure your interests are protected and make the conveyancing process simple for you.

Family buying a house

 

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How We Help Our Mediation Clients

Mediation (which includes Family Dispute Resolutions) is where parties come together in an attempt to resolve their disputes. It is a cost effective way to finalise arrangements without having to go to Court. Mediations normally take no longer than a day and can deal with both parenting and property matters.

A Registered Mediator will assist the parties in helping them to discuss what they are concerned about and hopefully reach an agreement on what will happen in the future. This may include parenting arrangements such as how much time children will spend with each parent; or property issues such as who will retain what items etc.

Smithson Lawyers Gold Coast has registered Mediators who can help the parties.

We Are Registered Mediators

 

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Janeen Smithson - Principal of Smithson Lawyers Gold Coast

Janeen Smithson is the Director of Smithson Lawyers Gold Coast. She is a passionate and experienced lawyer with over 17 years experience.

Janeen completed a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology. Whilst studying, Janeen completed a two-year Articles of Clerkship before being admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in 2003. Since then Janeen has completed several other qualifications, including a Graduate Diploma and Masters of Law (specialising in Family Law).

She has extensive experience representing clients in Court including the Family Court, Federal Circuit Court, Supreme Court, Children's Court and QCAT. She has appeared in matters involving complex Family Law disputes and Appeals.

Janeen is an appointed Independent Children's Lawyer and Separate Representative which requires her to act on behalf of children in Family Law proceedings.

Janeen is a qualified registered mediator and uses this skill to help her clients reach an agreement where possible.

She is passionate about helping her clients and will go the extra mile to ensure this. She is easy to talk to and treats every client with care and personal attention.

As she has extensive experience, she is able to guide the matter to ensure there are no delays and the matter is finalised quickly and cost effectively.

Testimonials

5 Star Rating

I've had Smithson Lawyers deal with my family law matter. They were efficient, quick and knowledgeable, but most importantly they were affordable. Janeen also dealt with an off the plan purchase and in the process of being all of the above, she also saved me over $1000 by actually reading the contract and not assuming it was a standard conveyance. I use this law firm now and will continue should I need to in the future.

Bridget, 3rd March 2020
5 Star Rating

Down to earth, honest legal advice.

Alica, 3rd March 2020
5 Star Rating

Fantastic Solicitor. 100% dedicated to her clients. Could not recommend anyone better then Janeen.

Brittany, 1st January 2020

At Smithson Lawyers Gold Coast we care about people. We understand that legal matters are often stressful and we try and make it as simple and easy as possible for you.

We keep you involved every step of the way and want you to fully understand what is happening. Smithson Lawyers Gold Coast will keep you up to date at all times throughout your matter and will be available for you.

Contact Smithson Lawyers Gold Coast today to experience the difference of a local lawyer working for you.