Family Law Matters
Susan advises on Family Law matters / relationship matters from Prenuptial Agreements (before you get married), Separation Agreements on the breakup of a family /cohabitees or Civil Partnerships (same sex couples) to Judicial Separation (separation by the Court where a Separation Agreement cannot be agreed by the parties), Nullity (having a marriage declared void by the Court) and Divorce (which you require in order to re-marry).
Susan also advises on Administration of Estates which is the legal process of distributing a deceased person’s estate. When a person dies, everything he/she owns (except assets where ownership ceases on death or passes automatically to another person), is referred to as the deceased’s “estate”. Susan advises on the distribution of the estate. In order to distribute the estate, an official application must be made to the High Court to obtain the necessary Court Order (Grant of Probate or Grants of Administration).
Susan also advises on Living Wills and Powers of Attorney / Enduring Powers of Attorney. By planning in advance, you retain control over who will look after you or your affairs if you become unable to do so by virtue of legal mental incapacity. A Living Will allows you to put into place arrangements for your future health care plan to ensure your wishes are taken into consideration if you become incapable of communicating your wishes. Susan advises that unless we put arrangements in place for ourselves while we can, the people caring for us may never know what we really want or may not have the power that they need to look after us. You can also set out your healthcare plan which, for example, deals with your future heath care and dictates what you want to happen if you become incapable including end of life treatment.
Susan has a special interest in ensuring that vulnerable elderly people and adult children with special needs are adequately provided for when planning Wills and/or Enduring Powers of Attorney or Ward of Court applications.
Susan holds a Law Degree (BCL) from University College Cork and various other postgraduate qualifications. Susan is a qualified solicitor and lawyer through the Law Society of Ireland, is a qualified Mediator (assisting in solving disputes and conflicts) and in addition to being a Family/Divorce Court Lawyer, is a qualified Collaborative Divorce Lawyer (finding solutions without Court intervention).
When not working, Susan enjoys spending time with her children, family and friends, walking in the woods, by the sea and river Suir with her dogs, is an avid reader, enjoys watching movies and going to the cinema / theatre. Susan also sits on a Board of Management for a local school, is a member of a committee that runs a local community sports centre and has a strong affiliation with local community groups who care for people with special needs.