Camden law firm aims to resolve family disputes without court

PEACE OF MIND: Kelly Stanford said her firm aims to keep family disputes out of court.
PEACE OF MIND: Kelly Stanford said her firm aims to keep family disputes out of court.

Stanford Solicitors & Mediators first opened their doors in Ingleburn back in 2000.

The independent firm moved to Camden a couple of years ago to be closer to the majority of their long-term client base.

Principal Kelly Stanford said the area was growing quickly.

Predominantly a Family Law and Estate Planning firm their main focus is on keeping their client's out of court, Ms Stanford said, with a "strong focus on mediation and collaborative law".

"Our clients come to us seeking assistance when their relationship has ended and they would like to put some formal arrangements in place, just in case things go pear shaped with their ex," she said.

"Apart from Estate Planning, we also serve clients on the flip side, such as family members and spouses who have not been adequately provided for in a Will."

Ms Stanford said the firm offers expertise in two areas.

"The first is helping those families who have separated and reached an agreement on where their kids will live and how they will spend time with each parent, as well as how they have agreed to divide their assets," she said.

"We can prepare Consent Orders to reflect our client's agreement within two weeks. Those families can then put that formality behind them and move on to their new normal family life."

The second area of expertise is Estate Planning. "We help these families set up the legal documents that let their family care for them while they are alive and protect their estate once they pass away," Ms Stanford said.

"Estate Planning isn't just for old people Anyone who has left school needs an Estate Plan. We recommend that our client's review their Estate Plan once a year."

The "family focused" practice works hard to ensure their clients are going to be protected and looks for options within the law that will help to achieve that goal.

They offer appointments after hours and on Saturdays, as well as via phone or video conferencing.

And their message for Law Week? "Lawyers aren't just there to help you if there is a dispute. They can help you formalise your agreements to give you peace of mind in the future."