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Pip Walker - Lawyer

Experienced lawyer born and raised in Southland, New Zealand. For a confidential discussion about your legal issue call Pip on 027 326 1682.

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In the modern world, people are much more mobile in lifestyle. It is not uncommon for individuals to live in multiple cities and multiple countries. The relaxation of traditional ideas about residency and where people live, can see a clash between old and new values. It is for these reasons that cases regarding the relocation of children are both on the increase, and a specialist area of practice. Each case will be determined on its individual circumstances and strategy for preparation of running such a case is critical. . . . @pipwalkerlawyer #relocation #parenting cases #familylaw #careofchildren #familycourt #southland #newzealand #nomadicculture #travellingparents #walkermurdochlaw #invercargill #femalelawyer #lawyer #dispute #fdr #collaborativepractice

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When you buy a home, by the time you are signing an Agreement you will have had many conversations with the agent and or the vendor about agreed terms. Perhaps they are leaving that bespoke water feature in the garden, bringing up settlement, or have agreed the deposit is being waived so no upfront payment will be required. Make sure that any agreement you have reached is reflected in the Agreement for Sale & Purchase. That document and it’s contents will override any conversations or hand shake deals you may have had if there is a dispute. If you can’t front a 10% deposit, don’t sign an agreement that compels you to. Many people escalate stress and legal costs because they are relaxed about the buying process and or are too trusting. Remember, the agent acts for the vendor, not you. An Agreement for Sale and Purchase is like any other legally binding contract and you should make sure you fully understand it before signing. . . . . . @pipwalkerlawyer #property #firsthome #lawyers #conveyancers #invercargill #southland #saleandpurchase #contract #walkermurdochlaw #firsthomeowner #propertyinvestment

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Protection Orders (sometimes called restraining orders) are a great tool for clients to assist them in barring certain behaviours being committed by their family members or former spouses. Some of the most common are physical abuse, stalking, verbal and emotional abuse and harassment via a mobile or online social media platforms. A protection order generally makes any contact, even through a third party, a criminal offense. Applications made for Protection Orders can be made to the Family Court without notice. This means the Court can make an Order to protect you without telling the other party, this is especially important where your safety is at risk. Under the new Family Violence legislation the Court can also make changes to parenting arrangements when considering if a protection order should be made which is a significant broadening of powers from the previous Domestic Violence Act. Many people think that only women needs protection in this manner however in my experience men can utilise these orders just as effectively especially where they are being bombarded with ongoing messaging and abuse. . . . . @pipwalkerlawyer #familylaw #restrainingorder #relationships #abuse #familyviolence #lawyer #parenting #respect #legaldispute #walkermurdochlaw #relationshipproperty #divorce #separation #childfocus #collaborativelaw #femalelawyer #invercargill #southisland #southland #stewartisland #pipwalkerlawyer #familyprotection #estherperel #relationships #commitment #abuse #dv #dvsupport #stoppingviolence

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Some good guidelines for identifying toxic behaviour. If you think a few of these might apply to you, try talking to someone independent like a counselor to work it though. As well intentioned as friends can be, remember they are not impartial and are influenced like you are by their own experiences, upbringing and personal moral compass. Ultimately, you are in charge of what is acceptable to you in a relationship and no one can tell you how that looks for you. Photo Cred: @werenotreallystrangers . . . . @pipwalkerlawyer #familylaw #relationships #abuse #familyviolence #lawyer #parenting #respect #legaldispute #walkermurdochlaw #relationshipproperty #divorce #separation #childfocus #collaborativelaw #femalelawyer #invercargill #southisland #southland #stewartisland #pipwalkerlawyer #familyprotection #estherperel #relationships #commitment #abuse #dv #dvsupport #stoppingviolence

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One of the benefits of working for a long established law practice is the intergenerational knowledge. Together Dad and I have nearly 50 years of legal practice and are both admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in Australia as well as the High Court of New Zealand. For me, there is an unparalleled value in engaging a practice with that breadth experience. Societal trends and the make up of a family (and legal disputes) have dramatically changed in 50 years and we each have individual experiences within that context. On a side note, I feel incredibly privileged to have such an amazing resource and mentor. Pictured here we attended the Law Society special sitting celebrating 150 years. . . . . @pipwalkerlawyer #familylaw #relationships #abuse #familyviolence #lawyer #parenting #respect #legaldispute #walkermurdochlaw #relationshipproperty #divorce #separation #childfocus #collaborativelaw #femalelawyer #invercargill #southisland #southland #stewartisland #pipwalkerlawyer #familyprotection #relationships #commitment #marriage

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It’s always good to get out and about to give you fresh perspective and take the pressure off decision making. How lucky are we to have Queens Park right at our doorstep. at Queens Park, Invercargill

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Top Tip Thursday - When you are separating it can feel really important to “just get it over with”. Often clients report to me they don’t want to argue, prolong the hurt, or spend too much on a lawyer - I totally get it! However, sometimes that overwhelming desire to resolve something can cloud the fact that you could do better and lead to a poor commercial decision. I always remind my clients, you only get one go at this, so let’s make it the best you can get. @pipwalkerlawyer #familylaw #relationships #abuse #familyviolence #lawyer #parenting #respect #legaldispute #walkermurdochlaw #relationshipproperty #divorce #separation #childfocus #collaborativelaw #relationships #femalelawyer #invercargill #southisland #southland #stewartisland #pipwalkerlawyer #familyprotection #mumlife #dadlife #splittingassets #contractingout #nzlawyer

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Thanks so much for the support of my page, I really appreciate each and every one of you.

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One of the really difficult parts of abuse is identifying abusive behaviors and understanding the cyclical nature of abusers behaviors. Many people who are physically, emotionally and/or financially abusive also have a sweet, thoughtful and charming side. Taking notes of behaviors that concern us, and choosing trusted confidants to speak with can be a really great way to help you assess your partners behavior. Better yet, if your partner is willing to, or recognises some problematic behaviors of their own, go and speak to someone to assist you both. It is a really good idea, if you are looking to leave a volatile relationship to consult with your lawyer and or counselor to make a safe exit strategy. @pipwalkerlawyer #familylaw #relationships #abuse #familyviolence #lawyer #parenting #respect #legaldispute #walkermurdochlaw #relationshipproperty #divorce #separation #childfocus #collaborativelaw #relationships #femalelawyer #invercargill #southisland #southland #stewartisland #pipwalkerlawyer #familyprotection #mumlife #dadlife #splittingassets #contractingout #nzlawyer

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Whether you are a purchaser or a vendor of property, you are going to need a lawyer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In same cases a settlement is required to effect a transfer of ownership between former spouses or to a trust. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We can help you with contract drafting or review. Corresponding with the bank to organize finance, or orchestrating re-finance and complete the transfer of name/title via the online system. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Contact us to discuss how we can make your settlement straightforward. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @pipwalkerlawyer #propertylaw #conveyancing #realestate #familylaw #relationships #lawyer #legaldispute #walkermurdochlaw #relationshipproperty #divorce #separation #collaborativelaw #relationships #femalelawyer #invercargill #southisland #southland #stewartisland #pipwalkerlawyer #splittingassets #contractingout #nzlawyer

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“Why would I bark when I have a dog who can bark for me?” While it’s a pretty crass way to refer to the work of a lawyer, in essence it’s true. Law is still relatively inaccessible for the everyday person, it refers to outdated formal language, has its own idiosyncrasies and is set up by its nature to be more complicated than strictly necessary. That being said, in many cases, clients can be allocated tasks to assist their lawyer and reduce costs as well as feeling more involved in the process rather than a passive bystander. I find having a tailored approach to each client and discussing options with them as to the level involvement that is required by me means that I can optimise my role for the benefit of the client and my own workload. How do you build efficiency into your work? I would love to hear strategies in your work or workplace. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @pipwalkerlawyer #familylaw #relationships #abuse #familyviolence #lawyer #parenting #respect #legaldispute #walkermurdochlaw #relationshipproperty #divorce #separation #childfocus #collaborativelaw #relationships #femalelawyer #invercargill #southisland #southland #stewartisland #pipwalkerlawyer #familyprotection #mumlife #dadlife #splittingassets #contractingout #nzlawyer #workefficiency #clientsfirst at Invercargill, New Zealand

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Having a stranger show up at your door and serve you with legal documents can be a completely overwhelming experience. So now you have them, what’s next? If you have a lawyer, send the documents to them and make a time to discuss them once they have had the opportunity to review them. If you don’t have a lawyer, that should be your first port of call. If you want to start your homework, start making dot point responses to each paragraph. But first, take a walk around the block. One of the most difficult parts of litigation is reading Court documents which you are likely to disagree with and often the material is meant to upset you. Stop, take a step back and consult with your lawyer for the strongest strategy to move forward. @pipwalkerlawyer #familylaw #relationships #abuse #familyviolence #lawyer #parenting #respect #legaldispute #walkermurdochlaw #relationshipproperty #divorce #separation #childfocus #collaborativelaw #femalelawyer #invercargill #southisland #southland #stewartisland #pipwalkerlawyer #familyprotection #relationships #familycourt #commitment #love #marriage at Invercargill, New Zealand

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Separation is such an individual process for each person. For some people they have the feeling that their marriage or relationship was never right, for others loss of love, trust and friendship progresses in slow increments over time. Many relationships find betrayal and or infidelity are insurmountable. I really love this quote from Esther Perel reminding us that we are in control of our narrative, of what relationship we want to model for our children and what is important to us individually. For me, an acceptance that relationships are work and both people need to be committing to working together to move forward is crucial. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @Estherperelofficial ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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We use the term relationship property to explain what is divided at relationship breakdown, but what is classified as relationship property? It’s worth seeking advice as any property that could be considered separate or that you wish to retain for your sole benefit sooner rather than later. In my experience it’s much better to negotiate what will be separate property before a relationship breaks down and while everyone is acting in good faith. Are you and your partner on the same page as to what would happen if you were to split? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @pipwalkerlawyer

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Working in an area of law where you can see people at their most vulnerable, it is so special to receive client feedback like this.

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Not ready to speak directly with your ex yet? Want to control the avenues or mediums through which you receive messages? Many parents find a communication book (or app!) to be really helpful for this. Keep track of important dates, routine changes, medications or important milestones without the intrusion of text, email or phone call. Communication is key to any co-parenting relationship. @pipwalkerlawyer

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