Kara Best

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Kara Best

Kara Best is the Legal Practice Director of Best Wilson Buckley Family Law and is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist.

Kara has practised exclusively in family law following her admission in 2001. She is a former Senior Legal Associate to the Chief Justice of the Family Court in Melbourne – an appointment which followed a period in private practice in Brisbane and an earlier period in which she was Associate to the Honourable Justice Michelle May of the Family Court and the broader Trial Division of the Brisbane Registry of the Family Court. Kara is intimately aware of how the law works in operation, and how best to achieve the most optimal outcome from the family law system.

Kara has a history of consistently achieving positive outcomes for her clients at trial, but more regularly by agreement without litigation. Clients routinely benefit from her extensive knowledge of family law, her strong working relationships with fellow practitioners, her direct but warm and nurturing manner, and her intimate knowledge of the Court. Kara’s intention is to achieve the most optimal outcome for every client, be it from a legal, financial, or emotional perspective. She is passionate about the resolution of conflict at the earliest opportunity on the most mutually beneficial terms, and embraces collaborative practice.

Born and bred in Toowoomba, Kara returned to the area in 2007 and established Best Wilson Buckley Family Law in 2009 as the first specialist family law firm in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Region. She has since continued to lead and grow the firm as a leading family law firm and the largest team of expert family lawyers.

Expertise and Professional Qualifications

Kara is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist, Nationally Accredited Mediator and Arbitrator, and has acted in a wide range of family law matters including complex property proceedings involving third parties, international interests, and significant farming and commercial endeavours.  She also has a particular skill in resolving complex parenting matters and is a member of the panel of Independent Children’s Lawyers in Queensland. In this role, Kara is routinely appointment to represent the interests of children in parenting proceedings in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court.

Associations and Career Awards

Memberships:

  • Queensland Law Society Family Law Accreditation Committee
  • Independent Children’s Lawyer
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator and Arbitrator – Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM)
  • Downs and South West Queensland Law Association
  • Queensland Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Women Lawyer’s Association of Queensland
  • Law Council of Australia

Awards:

  • Doyle’s Guide Preeminent Family Lawyer (Toowoomba, Darling Downs and Western Queensland) – 2020
  • Doyle’s Guide Leading Parenting and Children’s Matters Lawyer (Regional Queensland) – 2019 and 2020
  • Doyle’s Guide Leading Family Lawyer – High-Value and Complex Property Matters (Regional Queensland) – 2019 and 2020
  • Finalist, Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Partner of the Year Awards (SME) – 2019
  • Doyle’s Guide Leading Family and Divorce Lawyer (Toowoomba, Darling Downs and Western Queensland) – 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019
  • Doyle’s Guide Leading Family and Divorce Lawyer (Queensland) – 2014 and 2015
  • Finalist, Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards (Family Law) – 2016

Resources

By Kara Best | Divorce | Separation

Divorce Story Podcast – Key Takeaways as Recommended by a Family Lawyer

We wanted to share a fantastic recently released podcast, Divorce Story, which offers some great insights on how to best to navigate a civil relationship with your former partner. Here...

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By Kara Best | Family Law | General

Seeking a Second Opinion in your Family Law Matter

For many, the recent lockdown has afforded an opportunity to slow down, and potentially the chance to think more clearly and certainly more deeply about what might be going on...

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By Kara Best | COVID-19 | Parenting | Parenting matters

The Court’s Response to Resolving Parenting Disputes in the COVID-19 Climate

So, after a few weeks of navigating the family law system in this unprecedented health crisis, some much needed guidance on how COVID-19 is going to impact parenting arrangements has...

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By Kara Best | Family Law | Property settlements

The Impact of COVID-19 on your Property Settlement

So, in early March 2020 you were in the midst of negotiating a property settlement. Letters were being sent back and forth between your respective lawyers, bank statements and other...

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By Kara Best | COVID-19 | Family Law | General

Let’s Welcome Evolution – Working in the Cone

The sad reality for many of my colleagues is that they have a very limited capacity to work remotely and it will take some time to catch up and be...

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By Kara Best | COVID-19 | Family Law | General

The Power of pragmatism in difficult times

As a family law practitioner, you can work in this area for eighteen plus years, attain Accreditation in the practice of family law, resolve hundreds of property settlement disputes, take...

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By Kara Best | Parenting | Parenting matters

Social Isolation in our Shared Households

Many children live in two households consequent upon the separation of their parents. Whilst it goes without saying, social isolation or social distancing is arguably a redundant exercise in the...

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Feedback

It still feels unbelievable that we’re now able to move on with our lives and start fresh. This will be our best Christmas ever. Thank you very much for all of your support, advice and help… Everyone in your office is extremely lovely.
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 was lucky enough to have Kara help me with my separation/divorce circumstances. She made quite a difficult time for me so much easier for me to deal with. I am a new business owner and at no point did I ever feel like the issue wasn't under control... She put my mind at ease which allowed me to get on with business as per usual. I can't recommend Kara and her team enough.
Happy Client
I can’t thank you, Andrew, and Courtney enough, from the bottom of my heart, for what you’ve done for me. You are all amazing.
Happy Client
I still remember my first visit with you and let me tell you I wasn’t prepared for the unwrapping of the emotional skin I had been living in, but you all made me feel part of a family who I felt really cared about me and my kids and not just about the money like most firms do. Though, at times, I listened to my heart instead of my head, which made me make decisions that must have raised your eyebrow, you always supported my decisions, not without advising me what was in my best interest first. I would recommend you to anyone in need and would be happy to right a review in support of that.
Happy Client
“I thank both [Kara and Carla] for your assistance earlier today – it was an absolute pleasure negotiating in a collaborative manner.”
From another family law solicitor
“Congratulations on the brilliant preparation of material … Too often practitioners are reprimanded for sloppy preparation, but this case is deserving of congratulations especially in circumstances where the other side was not engaging.”
From a judge
“Thank you for all your work Kara, I feel certain the resolution would not have been as clear without your help. The last two and a half years have been huge, and I am very grateful for all of the practical advice and support you provided. I have the highest regard for you and wish you well for the journey. Thank you again, and my thanks to all your team, especially Tammy Wright.”
Happy Client

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