Accessing Australian Legal Advice
At a minimum, every expatriate needs to have some working knowledge of two legal systems; that of his current “host” country and of his base country. Exfin concentrates on providing Australian expatriates with access to legal advice in Australia in relation to Australian legal matters. Host country legal issues, such as those relating to local contract and commercial issues, criminal and civil matters, should be referred to carefully selected local firms.
The range of issues that an Australian expatriate might need to seek advice in relation to is at least as wide as if he or she had remained in Australia – perhaps even wider because of the potential impact of dual jurisdictions. Issues include:
- Estate and Probate Law
- Family Law
- Immigration Law
- Employment Law
- Property and Conveyancing
The breadth of issues that might arise in the course of an assignment are so wide, and personal situations so varied, that it is difficult to provide specific information to expatriates in relation to legal matters. Instead, we provide access to suitably qualified and experienced legal practitioners in Australia.
Australia exists as a federal system, with co-existing Federal and State legal systems. For that reason, we need to know which State or Territory your matter relates to, so that it can be referred to the appropriate firm. Usually this will be obvious, for example in the case of estate or property matters, but in the event there are some complexities these will be resolved in the early stages of any inquiry. In relation to some matters, Federal law applies, and in this case the inquiries are directed to specialist firms – examples of these inquiries include Immigration and Family Law.