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Hi. I'm Stephen Bell.

Accredited Specialist with 25 years experience.
Member of Specialist Chambers
Legal Aid matters attended to.
On panel of Independent Children's Lawyers.
Committed to settling disputes.
First interview free. Conditions Apply.

Accredited Specialist

The title "Accredited Specialist" is granted by The Law Society of New South Wales to solicitors with extensive experience in an area of law and who undertake further study and peer assessment and review. It guarantees to the public that the particular solicitor is highly efficient and effective in that area of law. Stephen Bell has been an accredited specialist in Family Law for over 20 years.

First Interview free.

It is important to know what your rights and entitlements are at the beginning of a matter. The first interview gives you an overview that allows you to make informed decisions. If you decide to precede with your matter then normal rates are charged for the first interview

Specialist Chambers

Stephen Bell is a member of The Clarence Professional Group and has been for over 10 years. This is a Chambers of specialist Accountants, Forensic Accountants, Financial Advisers and Lawyers. Stephen Bell has to access specialist knowledge that may be required by your case. These experts can sit in on conferences and provide advice.

Legal Aid

Stephen Bell is on the panel of Legal Aid solicitors. Legal Aid guidelines are explained and Legal Aid can be applied for on-line.

Independent Children's Lawyer

This is a lawyer appointed by the Court to represent children 12 year. This has given him specialised knowledge and expertise in this area of Family Law.

Committed to settling disputes

Every effort is made to reach a settlement. Mediation and counselling are now compulsory in parenting matters. You need to have a clear understanding of what is a reasonable settlement to be able to engage in meaningful negotiations. The majority of matters settle without the need for a final hearing. You are encouraged to take every opportunity to reach settlement and all avenues that may achieve settlement are explored or offered.

About Us

Stephen W. Bell & Associates is a boutique practice specialising in Family Law, Conveyancing, Wills and Estates, and Criminal matters. It prides itself on personal service.

Your lawyer is personally handling your matter. Stephen Bell is always available to answer your telephone calls or email messages.

Located in the centre of the CBD near Wynyard Station and Martin Place, it is in close proximity to the Courts. It is on the corner of York and Barrack Streets.

Being part of a specialised chamber of lawyers, accountant and financial advisers means that when specialist advice is needed it is easily obtained and you can meet with specialist in our office.

Our People

Stephen Bell is a specialist Family Law lawyer with extensive experience in other areas of law such as Conveyancing, Wills and Estates, Criminal law and debt recovery.

Believes lawyers should be try to seek solutions and not become part of the problem.

Committed to resolving issues in a cost-effective way and setting realistic goals.

Positions

  • Admitted New South Wales 1987
  • Accredited Family Law Specialist 1996
  • Panel of Independent Children's Lawyers 2005
  • Past Chairman of Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre
  • Past Deputy Convenor of Downing Centre Pro Bono Duty Solicitor Roster
  • Past President of Sydney of City Law Society 2013-2015

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Diploma of Education
  • Accredited Specialist Family Law

Areas of Practice

Family Law & De Facto Relationships

Stephen Bell's family lawyers can provide assistance for a range of matters relating to family law and de facto relationships, including:

  • Custody disputes
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Divorce & separation
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Division of property & assets
  • Child support and child protection

Conveyancing & Property Law

Stephen Bell understands that buying or selling a residential, commercial or industrial property is a big decision and a significant matter for most people. We cater to all people making property transactions in New South Wales including international investors.

Stephen Bell can provide assistance with conveyancing and property law in the following ways:

  • Preparation of contracts for sale or purchase of land
  • Contract review
  • Property settlements and negotiations
  • Commercial & Retail Leases
  • Auction enquiries
  • Assistance with identifying suitable opportunities for finance
  • Assistance for first home owners & the First Home Owners Grant
  • Mortgages, refinancing & property deposit bonds
  • Property developments
  • Property division

Our clients include first home buyers, property developers, real estate agents, banks, mortgage brokers and surveyors.

Our conveyancing services are offered at competitive rates, and we deliver them through a highly qualified team that includes experienced property lawyers and industry experts.

Wills, Probate, Estate Planning & Succession Acts Claims

Stephen Bell offers one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to obtain a will in the Sydney CBD area. We can assist you with:

  • Drafting & updating wills;
  • Applying for Probate;
  • Assistance with claims against wills & estates
  • Deceased estate claims / defending deceased estates
  • Estate planning administration
  • Letters of Administration (in the event that a will is deemed invalid);
  • Supreme Court estate litigation; and
  • Assistance with the Succession Act 2006

We always recommend keeping your will up to date as it makes distributing your estate far easier on your beneficiaries in what is already a hard enough time as it is.

Letters of Administration

In the some-what complicated event that a valid will has not been left, Stephen Bell can assist you with applying for Letters of Administration to the Supreme Court of NSW. In these circumstances, there is legislation that details how an estate may be distributed and by whom. The Supreme Court can appoint an Administrator to distribute the estate under the Wills, Probate and Administration Act 1898.

The Family Provision Act 1982

In the some-what complicated event that a valid will has not been left, Stephen Bell can assist you with applying for Letters of Administration to the Supreme Court of NSW. In these circumstances, there is legislation that details how an estate may be distributed and by whom. The Supreme Court can appoint an Administrator to distribute the estate under the Wills, Probate and Administration Act 1898.

The Succession Act 2006If you expected to be a beneficiary of a will but have not been provided for, you can make a claim against the distribution of any estate under The Succession Act 2006 t, provided you can clearly set out reasons as to why you should be considered a beneficiary of the deceased estate.

Probate

Stephen Bell can help you apply to the Supreme Court of NSW for Probate in instances where there is a valid will and you have been nominated as Executor of that will. The Supreme Court can then grant probate which authorises you to distribute the deceased estate in accordance with the provisions of the will.

Local Court Appearances & Children’s’ Matters

Stephen Bell can represent you in Local Court and assist you with the following matters:

  • Apprehended violence orders (AVOs)
  • Drink driving offences (for low, medium and high-range PCA offences)
  • Issues relating to the Motor Accidents Authority
  • Small claims
  • Civil matters with claims
  • Criminal / summary prosecutions
  • Committal hearings
  • Juvenile prosecutions
  • Certain family law matters
  • Coronial inquests / inquiries
  • Licensing matters
  • Certain industrial matters
  • Local Court Appeals

Need Help? Get in touch!

Address: 65 York Street SYDNEY NSW 2000
Email: stephen@sblaw.com.au
Tel: (02) 9261 4086
Fax: (02) 8569 0261
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