We ask LawTap member lawyer Jacqui Brauman at TBA Law (with offices in Nagambie, Wallan and Melbourne) a few questions to get to know her better and about the legal work that she does.
Tell us about the areas of law you practice and the work that you do
I practice in Wills and Estate Planning, and Probate and Estate Administration, as well as Property Law and Conveyancing, Leasing, Small Business Sales and advice, as well as some commercial litigation.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
That everything is different and unique.
What’s the biggest challenge or hardest part of your job?
Also that everything is different and unique. The law is not a formula that can apply – everything depends on its own unique set of facts and circumstances. It is difficult to give clear legal advice in some situations because you don’t known how a certain fact scenario would be perceived by a court, or how a witness would present in court to get their evidence across.
What are you most proud of in your career?
Many solicitors would respond with a particular big case, potentially. For me it’s the small cases that I go that bit further in, and when the client recognises it and is grateful. This is what I wanted to practice law for. I also think that 10 years in the law is a career accomplishment in itself.
What big changes do you think the legal industry can expect to see over the next 3 years?
More outsourcing and pressure to reduce legal fees, and how legal fees are charged. Also retention of young lawyers when there is so much dissatisfaction, along with a large number of baby boomer solicitors retiring.
Favourite TV show?
I don’t watch live TV – I get seasons and watch them all in a binge. Lately I went back and watched all the original X Files episodes. I also enjoyed the new series of Hawaii Five-0.
At what stage should someone contact you about a legal issue or matter?
They are welcome to make enquiries at any stage. The earlier the better, before matters spiral out of control. The best option for estate planning is to take immediate action – take control while you can and make sure your children will be cared for and their inheritance gets to where it should.
What should clients/potential clients do before seeing a lawyer at TBA Law?
- Make sure you have the full names and addresses of all the relevant people. Particularly in estate planning – those you plan as guardians and executors.
- Have your superannuation statements and life insurance policies ready for review as well.
- If you have a self-managed super fund (SMSF) or a family trust, then I will also need to see the trust deed for these structures.