My partner and I moved interstate and my mother in law offered to keep our belongings in her shed on her property. Whilst living interstate, my partner and her had a falling out. Now living back in Vic, she refuses to give our stuff back and I'm not sure what I can do about it. The police told me I will need to speak to VCAT as this is a civil matter. Is this correct or were they just not wanting to get involved? I have contacted VCAT, but they said I should get a lawyer. To be honest, I would much prefer to keep it out of the court room, but I don't know what steps I should take next.