Family Law | Wills & Estates


Are you looking for a legal team with experience in family law and estate planning?

For over 50 years, Barry.Nilsson. has provided advice and support to people going through a relationship breakdown or a change in their family circumstances.

Our Family Law and Wills & Estates team is made up of a group of extremely highly regarded practitioners. When working on your matter, we focus on identifying the key issues and then approach each one very strategically in order to get the best result for you.

We also understand that every case is different. We take a customised approach, especially when it comes to financial and property settlements relating to complex business structures, an area in which we specialise. We tailor our advice to your situation in order to achieve the best possible outcome.

We have particular expertise in assisting clients who live overseas but have familial disputes in Australia.

We understand that going through a family breakdown is tough and that you may need both support and understanding. At the same time, we’re honest and don’t sugar-coat advice: it is in your best interest to know exactly where you stand from a legal perspective.

How can we assist you?

We’re aware that changes in family relationships and/or having to address succession planning issues can be extremely stressful. For that reason, our lawyers not only ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible, but also provide you with the support you need.

We can:

  • Assist and advise you on your legal rights and obligations
  • Identify alternatives to litigation
  • Work with you to minimise the impact of legal disputes on children
  • Liaise with other professionals where needed, such as counsellors and accountants, to provide advice that takes a holistic view of your situation
  • Appear as your advocate in court
  • Be available to provide you with advice in person or in writing, by phone, Skype or email, whenever you need it.

To find out more, meet our Family Law team here, our Wills & Estates team here. You can also follow us on LinkedIn or contact us.


Industry Recognition

As a firm, Barry.Nilsson. has been consistently recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Family & Divorce Law Firm for Brisbane and Melbourne since 2014. In 2020, they were recognised as a First Tier Family & Divorce Firm in Brisbane.

Five of our Family Law principals have been recognised in Doyle’s Guide:
Geoff Sinclair | Scott Wedgwood | James Steel | Jane Koelmeyer | Melanie Rubin

Five of our family lawyers have been recognised in Best Lawyers:
Geoff Sinclair | Scott Wedgwood | James Steel | Kirstie Colls | Thea Davies

Eleven of our family lawyers are Family Law Accredited Specialists; formal acknowledgement that they are leaders in their areas of expertise:
Geoff Sinclair | Scott Wedgwood | Jane Koelmeyer | James Steel | Melanie Rubin | Allison Caputo | Kirstie Colls | Will Stidston | Thea Davies | Liz Anderson | Matthew Hempstead

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