Family and Divorce

Family disputes involving separation, divorce and children are by nature delicate and emotional. We want you to concentrate on you, and leave the legal issues to us. As family and divorce lawyers, we can help finalise your divorce, negotiate a fair property settlement and resolve issues relating to the care/custody of your children.

Here at Stanley & Co. Lawyers, we offer a free, no obligation consultation. Our trained family and divorce lawyers will guide you through the various options available to you, making you aware of your entitlements and giving you a clear idea of the costs applicable to you. You can then have confidence and trust in our ability to deliver our service to the high level you expect.

We are one of the few family and divorce firms that practice in the area of Collaborative Law. This is an alternative to the traditional litigation process. It focuses on what is best for you and your family and allows you and your ex-partner to arrive at a resolution through a series of joint meetings. Read more about Collaborative Practice on our blog.

We like to make things simple for you. For this reason, we have payment options to suit you. In all cases we can offer you a fixed fee for our service. Further, for some matrimonial property disputes we can defer payment of our fees until settlement has been achieved.

The Courts we regularly attend for family and divorce matters include:

  • Federal Circuit Court of Australia
  • Family Court of Australia

Commercial & Business

Commercial disputes (also known as civil disputes) can arise at any time and can affect us all. From recovering a debt to disputes about a lease, it’s important to get the right advice before it ends up costing you much more than it should.

We take a strategic, commercial approach to our matters. Where possible, we aim to settle disputes outside of the Courts but understand that, on occasions, litigation cannot be avoided.

At Stanley & Co. Lawyers we can assist in a variety of matters, whether they arise in Adelaide or elsewhere, including:

We will undertake a thorough, realistic assessment of your case and then provide you with a fixed price for each step in the process.

There are time limits in which to lodge claims against another party depending on the type of matter and /or debt involved. Therefore, its important you see us as soon as possible.

Contact us with your enquiry. You will not be charged to initially meet or speak with us.

Criminal and Traffic

We understand the impact that a Criminal or Traffic charge can have on a person’s personal and family life. We are here to shoulder the stress and help guide you through a complex, and sometimes daunting process. We will fight to achieve the best possible outcome in your particular case. We offer a free no obligation consultation where we will advise you of the potential outcomes in your case.

What we can do for you:

  • Provide advice at the Police Station;
  • Negotiate with the Prosecution to withdraw, reduce or amend the charges;
  • Represent you on a Guilty Plea to achieve the best outcome possible in your case; and
  • Build your case and defend the charges at trial before a Magistrate or Jury.

We will provide you with a clear idea of the cost and time frame that your matter will be concluded in. We understand that for some, certainty of cost is crucial. For that reason, we offer Fixed Fees for all of our Criminal Law Services.

We are qualified to attend at any court or tribunal in Australia.

Around South Australia, we most often attend at the following courts:

  • Supreme Court of South Australia
  • District Court of South Australia
  • Adelaide Youth Court
  • Adelaide Magistrates Court
  • Christies Beach Magistrates Court
  • Elizabeth Magistrates Court
  • Port Adelaide Magistrates Court
  • Mount Barker Magistrates Court
  • Victor Harbour Magistrates Court
  • Tanunda Magistrates Court
  • Murray Bridge Magistrates Court

Call us today to book your free no obligation consultation.

Wills & Estates

It is of utmost importance that you have a valid and legal Will. It ensures that, upon your death, your assets are distributed by people you trust in accordance with your wishes.

In some cases, Wills can be contested and determined to be invalid due to errors or omissions. This is just of the many reasons that your Will should be drafted by an experienced lawyer.

If you have a Will, it should be updated following significant life changing events including marriage, remarriage, separation, divorce, the birth of a child, the death of your partner or spouse.  This will ensure that your Will continues to accurately reflect your wishes. Generally speaking, it is good practice to review the contents of your Will every five to seven years.

If you do not have a valid Will in operation at the time of your death the Public Trustee may be appointed to manage the Estate and will charge a fee to do so.  In this case, your true wishes may not be taken into account.

The potential cost of not having a valid Will is insignificant when compared with the cost of preparing one.

Contested Estates and Inheritance Claims

You may have been inadequately provided for in a Will.  Alternatively, you may have been excluded from a Will altogether. If so, contact us. You may have a right to challenge a Will or claim a greater portion of an Estate. Strict time limits apply in these matters so it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.

Stanley & Co. Lawyers can assist you with the following:

  • Advanced Care Directives
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Estate Administration
  • Probate Applications
  • Wills
  • Business Structuring for the Future
  • Family Inheritance Claims
  • Succession Planning


Stanley & Co. Lawyers offers Fixed Fee pricing in ALL areas of practice.

One of the most common complaints people have about lawyers is about legal fees. We have the flexibility to fix all of our legal fees. With a fixed fee you can contact us with any questions or issues you have, without fear of being hit with additional costs.

We are one of only a couple of firms who do this across Australia.

Please call us to discuss our prices. We can also fix the fee of any service not listed above