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Carla Franchina

Carla is an Associate at Best Wilson Buckley and works across the Brisbane and North Lakes offices.

Carla has been working in specialist family law firms in Brisbane since 2010, firstly as an administrative assistant and paralegal and then as a practising Solicitor following her admission in 2013. This rewarding pathway through all facets of dedicated family law firms has gifted her with a well-rounded approach to her practise and the delivery of expert family law advices.

Carla’s interactions with clients are empathetic and proactive with a focus on helping them to build confidence and positivity around forging their new life pathway. Collaboratively trained, she is passionate about assisting her clients to resolve their matter quickly and cost-effectively in order to minimise the associated emotional and financial toll that family law matters can have. Carla’s approach to working with her clients is to encourage their focus on a pathway which is geared towards achieving the most optimal legal and personal outcome through amicable agreements wherever practical and possible.

Carla regularly volunteers at the Women’s Legal Service where she provides free legal advice to women in her local community who are at risk of domestic and family violence. Her dedication to her clients and the esteem with which she is held within the family law fraternity have seen her named as finalist in the nation-wide Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards in both 2018 and 2019.

Expertise and Professional Qualifications

Carla has practised exclusively in family law following her admission in 2013. With over five years of experience working in this complex area of the law, she has gained incredible skill in resolving complex parenting matters involving relocation, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues, and communication difficulties between parents. She is also an experienced property settlement lawyer and is well-versed in preparing Financial Agreements. Carla also regularly assists clients in domestic and family violence matters, often appearing in local Magistrates Courts when required.

As a collaboratively trained family lawyer, Carla’s focus is to protect the best interests of her clients and their family by resolving matters through an amicable agreement wherever practical. After exhausting all avenues for reaching agreements outside of Court, her experience allows her to effectively guide clients through litigation and Court proceedings where necessary to achieve the most optimal outcome to their family law matter.

Associations and Career Awards

Memberships:

  • Volunteer, Women’s Legal Service
  • Queensland Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Queensland Association of Collaborative Practitioners
  • Law Council of Australia
  • Golden Key International Honour Society

Awards:

  • Finalist, Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards (Family Law) – 2018 and 2019

Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards

Resources

By Carla Franchina | Parenting | Parenting matters | Videos

Disagreements About Your Children’s School

In this video, Best Wilson Buckley’s Family Law Associate, Carla Franchina talks about what your options are if disagreements about your children’s school arise between you and your partner.

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By Carla Franchina | Property settlements

We’ve Reached Agreement About Division of Property – Why do We Need Lawyer?

This is the scenario: you and your former partner have spent months going backwards and forwards on email, on the phone, or over coffee negotiating and deciding how you will...

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By Carla Franchina | Parenting | Parenting matters

Practical Parenting Matters to Consider on Separation

It goes without saying that the breakdown of a relationship is a significant event. You may need to think about how you are going to move forward financially, or what...

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By Carla Franchina | Separation

Practical Financial Matters to Consider on Separation

It goes without saying that the breakdown of a relationship is a significant event. You may need to think about how you are going to move forward financially, or what...

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By Carla Franchina | Family Law | Parenting matters

The Ruling on Schooling

Navigating joint decision making after separation There is no doubt that making joint decisions with your partner about matters affecting your children can be difficult in an intact relationship, let...

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By Carla Franchina | Family Law

Why I do what I do With Carla Franchina

If I had to hazard a guess, I would say that at least one in three clients have said to me at some point during their matter “I don’t know...

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By Carla Franchina | Domestic and Family Violence Issues | Family Law

How do I get a Domestic Violence Protection Order?

We are all too frequently reading reports of domestic violence in the media. As this issue remains in the spotlight, domestic violence Protection Order applications are on the rise, as are the incidents reported to police for breaches of Domestic Violence Orders.

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Feedback

I would like to commend Carla to the highest order. Her work has been meticulously thorough and her advice to me considered and fair. Since Carla has been working on this I have felt in the hands of a true professional.
Happy Client
You don’t know how much I appreciate the care you have shown my situation. I feel very lucky to have met you… Thank you so much for helping me move forward with my life.
Happy Client
Thank you so much, I appreciate you going to this effort. You don’t know what a difference you are making to my life right now – I will always remember your kindness.
Happy Client
Thanks Carla. Can’t imagine how we could have been luckier in our representation than with yourself. Amazing work and result for our family.
Happy Client
I would like to express my profound appreciation and compliment to Carla Franchina for the excellent service she provided upon my unexpected separation. I have always been pleased with the service I have received from your team, however Carla’s professionalism, compassionate nature, and ability to get to the bottom of difficult situations promptly exceeded my expectations. Separation/divorce is such a stressful time in anyone’s life, and there had been many occasions where I just wanted to give up. Without Carla’s genuine support and sincere advice I would still be in a world of hurt. The outcome was a great and positive one, which benefited not only myself but also my son. Our lives are slowly getting easier each day. Carla went above and beyond with her continuous guidance through a very difficult time in my life. Her wide range of expertise was indispensable and I cannot thank her enough. I would not hesitate to recommend Carla to anyone in need of a great lawyer.
Happy Client
Finally, thank you once again for yesterday's representation. Your skill and professionalism made the day much calmer and more bearable and achieved a really positive outcome!
Happy Client
Brilliant! Thank you so much Carla and Kara. Your support and immediate attention is wonderful. I truly cannot put into words how much we appreciate you all.
Happy Client
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for the outstanding service and support you provided me on my difficult stage of life. I'll be sure to recommend you and your firm to my family and friends.
Happy Client
You have undertaken a mighty job at protecting me, and, at representing me through the good and bad. I wish we could have met under differing circumstances – you are amazing.
Happy Client
Thank you for your sound guidance right from our very first meeting which provided a clear road map to the process and the key things that needed to be considered, all the way through to the eventual conclusion of the mater this year. You dealt with the original complexities of the financial agreement and subsequent changes well, plus provided a rational voice when things got stressful in the final stages.
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