Please find below our major areas of practice. This list is by no means exhaustive and you are welcome to call our office to discuss any legal matter.
We are able to assist you with all facets of residential and commercial property law, including:
- The sale and purchase of residential and commercial property.
- Residential and commercial leasing.
- Company title transactions.
- Transfers, mortgages and stamp duty matters.
We understand that the purchase or sale of a property can be confusing and daunting for clients and take the time to keep you informed and up-to-date throughout the process. Whether a home, business, or investment property you can be satisfied you are represented by a firm that prides itself on thoroughness and efficiency.
Bruce Petrie & Co acts for business of all sizes, from preparing partnership agreements to complex company mergers. We can advise you on the following:
- Sale and purchase of businesses
- Commercial leasing
- Commercial litigation matters
- Debt recovery
- Establishment and variation of trusts
- Shareholders agreements
- Company share sale and purchase agreements
- Establishment of new small business
- Joint venture and partnership agreements
We also work closely with a number of accountants who can further advise you in relation to your business enquiries.
If you have query in relation to your business or company in an area not listed above, do not hesitate to contact us and can discuss the matter with you and either advise or refer to you to a specialist.
Wills, Powers of Attorney & Guardianship
Do you have a Will? Is it up to date?
The making of a Will is crucial in estate planning and can have considerable implications for your family and loved ones. We are able to draft a Will in line with a client's unique situation which can be a simple reciprocal document between a couple or can include a complex and thorough testamentary trust.
In addition we recommend all clients over the age of eighteen execute a Power of Attorney document. This is a document that provides that should you be unable to act on your own behalf (either through illness or absence) in your financial affairs, you can entrust another party to deal with these matters on your behalf. This can be made into an "enduring" power which ensures that should you lose capacity, your assets and affairs will not be "frozen."
The appointment of an Enduring Guardian also provides that should you lose capacity, a person elected by you is responsible for making decisions on your behalf. These generally relate to where you live or medical treatment you might receive. Generally we recommend these appointments to clients who are aging, however they do not come into play unless and until you lose the ability to make your own decisions.
We also have facility for clients who are suffering from serious medical complaints to prepare and Advance Care Directive. These documents outline the medical treatments you wish or wish not to receive. Such treatments might include artificial ventilation etc.
Probate & Estate Matters
Losing a friend or family member is never easy. This is especially the case if there are estate matters to be dealt with.
We have considerable experience and expertise in managing estates, from advising in relation to Wills, to the application for a Grant of Probate or Administration, dealing with financial assets and institutions and making distributions. We undertake all these matters with the utmost sensitivity and support and ensure that acting as an executor in an estate is not a burdensome task.
There are occasions where an estate may not provide for beneficiaries or other parties in the most appropriate manner. We are able to advise in relation to claims under the Family Provision Act 1982 and will work closely with Counsel to represent the matter should it proceed to the Supreme Court. Likewise we act in estates against which such claims have been made.
While not our major area of practice, we are able to advise you in a number of areas of family law, particularly in relation to financial agreements and property settlements. Please contact our office should you have an enquiry and if it is not an area in which we specialise we can refer you to an appropriate practitioner.