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Renee Sapelli (formerly O’Callaghan) is an experienced lawyer, having honed her skills practicing across a variety of areas before deciding to work more specifically in Family Law. Renee has an outstanding ability to identify potential issues early in the legal process and provide comprehensive solutions with a minimum of fuss.
Renee is motivated by a desire to allow her clients to move on with their lives as quickly as possible, achieving a resolution which is reasonable and cost-effective. With a commercial background, Renee will often employ a common-sense approach in order to avoid costly litigation.
Renee maintains her friendly and compassionate personality whilst ensuring she is informative, clear and direct.
Renee always strives for her clients to walk away satisfied with their resolution, a better understanding of the legal process and greater peace of mind.
Together with Renee’s Family Law experience she also has the skills to deal with aspects of Wills and Estates. For part of her legal career, Renee was employed as Estate Planning Solicitor for Western Australia for one of the top 4 banks where she gave estate planning advice to high net worth clients within the private sector of the bank.
Throughout Renee’s legal career she has always advised clients in relation to estate planning matters as she is of the view that such advise is valuable to those clients experiencing separation and divorce. She has the ability to provide her clients with holistic advice. Renee not only provides advice in relation to Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Guardianship, but she is also able to provide assistance with applications for probate, letters of administration where there is no will as well as assisting executors and administrators in collecting in and distributing deceased estates. Finally Renee has the ability to assist with litigious estate matters and has previously acted for both Executors and beneficiaries. Renee places a special emphasis on reaching negotiated resolutions in estate disputes as she is empathetic towards her clients as she appreciates the pain and expense such disputes can cause.
Renee also has the experience to assist her family law clients with Violence Restraining Order matters. She appreciates how these matters can have an impact on child related matters in the Family Court. Renee is able to assist her clients with either resolving these matters by way of Conduct Agreement or Undertaking or alternatively litigating them.
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- Bachelor of Laws – James Cook University
- Western Australia Practicing Certificate
- Admitted to Practice 2006
MY AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Matrimonial and De Facto Relationships
- Child Issues
- Child Support
- Wills & Estates
- Violence Restraining Order matters
MY PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS
- Member of the Family Law Practitioners Association, Western Australia
- Member of the Law Society of WA
Media & Blog Posts
It was only recently that the Family Court’s Chief Justice William Alstergren warned “anyone including lawyers, who unnecessarily string out disputes will be in his sights as he moves to slash a backlog of cases”…..(The Australian insert date) The court is cracking down on strategic moves of both lawyers...Read more
Coronavirus has hit us at an alarming speed. I personally didn’t expect this to happen so quickly because everything I was reading and seeing on the news was happening in China and Italy which is so far away from home. Now as I sit in my home office and prepare this blog, and each time I watch the news, reality has...Read more