The Smartest Way to Settle
Many thousands of separating people suffer needlessly when trying to reach a settlement with their former partner.
Almost everyone finds it confusing, doesn't know what's reasonable or how to get there. If you hire a lawyer, you often get told about what you "should" be "entitled to" are, but then you discover there's almost no way to achieve that. Things drag on for months and then years in an endless stalemate without resolution.
Fortunately, there's a far better way to get a result.
If you’re just starting a separation or have been trying for a while to reach a settlement, you should order your own personal Settlement Design Report.
The Settlement Design Report is a neutral and customised settlement recommendation for you and your former partner, based on your particular situation.
It’s the simplest way to move you towards a settlement with minimum fuss, cost or delay.
What's in the Report?
The Settlement Design Report is a neutral and objective evaluation of your financial situation, leading to a specific recommendation on how you and your former partner could – and probably should – settle financially.
The Settlement Design Report shows you the actual outcomes that couples with your fact pattern end up with – and why. You’ll see:
We prepare the Report from a neutral perspective.
Our focus is not a theory about "your best case", but rather to identify the “most likely case” for you as a couple – one which best meets the criteria of being “fair and reasonable” for you both.
Your personalised Settlement Design Report will help you:
It’s the fastest and least stressful way to get a clear, independent assessment of where you stand, what your options are and what your optimal settlement deal should look like.
You can have your personal Settlement Design Report within an average 3 days of providing us with information about you.
How it works
There are 3 steps in creating your Settlement Design Report:
Step 1 - Your Facts:
You provide us core information about your situation - your facts and figures, basic information about your family - plus what you think you’d like to achieve in your separation settlement.
Step 2 - Custom Design:
Our team review your facts and the practical and realistic options available to you. Then we design a recommended financial settlement – one that’s “fair and reasonable” for you both, based on your circumstances. Specifically, we work out how your financial assets and liabilities can best be sensibly and fairly allocated between you.
Step 3 - Personal Report:
We prepare and send you your customised report that explains to you how the settlement process works, your options and their pros and cons, our specific recommendations for you and your partner and how you can tweak the proposed deal if you wish.
Objective and neutral guidance
Divorce can be confusing. Chances are you have lots of “voices in your ear” about what you should expect and you’re not sure who to believe.
What you may need more than anything is some objectivity and some clarity. To be told logically, clearly, in plain English, what ideas are realistic and which ones are nonsense. What your options are and what their implications are. What’s reasonable and what’s practical.
The Settlement Design Report strips away the myths, delusions and misunderstandings that usually cause delay, frustration and wasted money.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the report cost?
The Settlement Design Report costs $450 plus GST. See below for more details.
You can order it on your own, or together with your ex.
In what format is the Report delivered?
The Settlement Design Report is delivered as a PDF, which you can view on any computer or smartphone or print yourself. For an additional fee you can have it delivered as a spiral bound printed report.
How long does it take to prepare the Report?
Once you have provided all the information required, our team will produce your Settlement Design Report on average within 5 working days.
Will it be complex legal stuff that’s hard to understand?
You’ll be relieved to know that your Settlement Design Report is written in plain English, not “legalese”.
To be clear, the report is not legal advice. Instead, it’s practical advice based on thousands of cases we’ve dealt with, plus thousands of reported cases, plus statistical analysis of tens of thousands of separations.
What you will learn about legal advice is why it’s so often vague and, sadly, frequently misleading - and why even good legal advice is often very poor financial advice.
What’s “fair and reasonable”?
You’ve probably heard many different opinions about what’s fair and reasonable. And most likely your view is not the same as your former partner’s view.
Your Settlement Design Report will show you how to find out what the community sees as fair and reasonable. And you’ll be pleased to know that this is what’s reflected in the law, too.
Will The REPORT tell me about my entitlements?
To be clear, the Report will not be legal advice for you.
The report won’t tell you what you’re “legally entitled to”. That’s because “legal entitlement” is a fiction. You simply don’t have any particular entitlements, because the law doesn’t grant you any specific entitlements – it only talks about “factors to be taken into consideration”.
“Entitlements’ is an interesting concept for lawyers to speculate on – at your cost. To be frank, it’s an almost useless concept in reaching a settlement.
But the good news is that you can get to a settlement anyway. The Report will show you how.
What if I don’t agree with your recommendation?
There is no compulsion for you to accept the recommended settlement arrangement.
Indeed, we will sometimes offer a range of possible deals, all of them fitting within the “fair and reasonable” spectrum. It's likely you and your former partner can find a set of "deal terms" that you can each live with. And if you need some more help getting there, we offer mediation services, too.
Do I need to provide detailed bank statements and house valuations and tax returns?
No. We just need you to provide the correct values of your major financial items and income.
What if I don’t know all the details of my ex’s financials?
Just provide us what you do know and we’ll work with that.
We're already in court - will the report help?
Yes. The Report will make it clear to you why you're bogged down in an incredibly inefficient process that only succeeds in stripping wealth from both you and your ex.
It will show your most likely end result, but save you tens of thousands of dollars - and months to years - in getting there.
Shouldn’t I go to a lawyer INSTEAD to ensure I’m protected?
Lawyers can tell you their “opinion” about what you may or might get in Court. But these are usually ideas based on your best case, not your likely case. And their unwritten (and often vague) opinions exclude the costs of going to Court - being around 5% to 30% of most peoples' wealth and a 2-3 year delay.
More importantly, because only judges have power under our system, not lawyers, it's just an opinion - there are no guarantees that the opinion is right. Worse still, opinions often change over the 2-3 years of a typical litigated case as the facts change.
So that’s why smart people settle their divorces early in a smart manner rather than get seduced by improbable claims.
What will the Settlement Design Report do for me that a lawyer can’t?
The Settlement Design Report will show you:
And it will be written down, not verbally delivered, and in plain English, not legalese.
WHAT IF MY EX WON'T AGREE WITH THE RECOMMENDED SOLUTION?
It’s important for you to know there are many possible solutions that will work. You can try different “deal configurations” until you find one you can both live with.
Of course, if your ex simply won’t negotiate (it happens), then you’ll have to take different actions. We cover those in the report.
Can my ex purchase the Report jointly with me?
Yes. If you submit one set of information you both agree on, the charge doesn’t change.
If you each submit your inputs separately, we charge an extra $200 plus GST to merge both sets of information, making the total price $650 plus GST.
To order your personal Settlement Design Report costs just $450 plus GST. Most couples share the fee between them. You can pay via bank transfer or credit card.
This modest investment will save you thousands of dollars in legal fees, and cut months or even years from your settlement.
Most importantly, it’ll give you peace of mind by giving you a clear path to sort out your settlement.
End of Financial Year Offer
Many separating partners are keen to get their matters settled, or at least under way, before the end of June.
To help out, we now provide a Special 20% Reduced Fee Offer on all Settlement Design Reports commenced before 22 June. Just ask for details when you make contact.
The Most Important Thing To Know
If you're looking for the least stressful, least expensive and speediest way to resolve your financial separation, here's the most important thing you need to know:
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