• Commercial Law

    Commercial Law

    We are business people as much as we are lawyers. We will take care of the legal documents so you can confidently run your business.
    As your business grows, its risk profile and governance challenges will change. We partner with our clients over the long term to ensure they are in the driver’s seat for success.

  • Dispute Resolution

    Dispute Resolution

    We are in your corner when the going gets tough. Having resolved over 6,500 disputes for business owners have seen it all before.

    Whether you need a skilled negotiator or a fearless litigator, we specialise in delivering commercial results when:

    Customers refuse to pay;
    Suppliers let you down; and
    Business Partners do the wrong thing.

  • Employment & Safety

    Employment & Safety

    The biggest challenge for any business owner, is managing their employees.

    A difficult employee can make you question why you got into business in the first place and be toxic to your team morale.

    We deliver proactive solutions to manage your team via employment contracts, policies and procedures as well as handling employment disputes when they arise.

  • Property & Construction

    Property & Construction

    Property is the key most wealth in Australia.  Whether you are buying, selling, leasing or developing property, you need a lawyer you can count on.

    We can advise on the whole property development process from obtaining finance to development approvals, construction and sale or leasing.

    We also act for the Master Builders Victoria and have extensive expertise in construction contracts and disputes.

  • Family Law

    Family Law

    At Taurus Legal Management we understand the unique challenges clients encounter during family disputes, especially when children are involved. Our family lawyers specialise in handling high-asset cases with a focus on protecting clients wealth, securing their family’s future, and safeguarding the best interests of their children.


Help! I’ve been Served

Being served is not a pleasant experience. Often, a process server will show up at your home or place of work and hand you a bunch of documents with no explanation as to what they are or what to do. If that has happened to you, we recommend following these simple steps to help your feel more at ease.

  1. Read the Documents

It sounds simple, but reading the documents is often overlooked. When we say ‘read’ we don’t mean scanning or a quick flick through of the documents. We mean, taking the time to sit down and thoroughly read through each paragraph. Make sure you aren’t in a rush and don’t have anything around that can distract you. Read through each paragraph, highlight parts you think are important and write down your response next to each paragraph.

This will help you to identify the issues and to break down the documents into more manageable parts. Where you don’t have a response written next to a paragraph, this may suggest that you don’t have a defence or that this is an area of concern for you.

  1. Look for Due Dates

On the first few pages of the court documents there will be a due date. It will depend on the type of document you have been served with. For example, a claim or statement of claim will require you to file a defence or notice of appearance. Be sure to locate this date and begin preparing the document in advance.

If you miss the due date, the other side may be able to apply for default judgment. This is a court order against you because you have failed to file your court document. Once this happens, it will be harder, more costly and time consuming to undo. To avoid this, we recommend diarising all of the key due dates and setting reminders.

  1. Collect Your Evidence

It is never too early to begin collecting your evidence. This involves going through and collecting copies of any documents, contracts, emails and letters exchanged with the other side. If there are any notes from discussions, these should also be used.

These documents can then be categorised in a number of ways, whether in chronological order, grouped by the type of issue or type of documents. Initially, it may be most helpful to place them in chronological order and prepare a chronology of events which contain some extra information and background on the case.

  1. Get Some Support

The court documents to be prepared and the process of a case depends on the type of case, the court which is hearing the matter and the court rules that apply. Given these intricacies, it is best to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible.

If you have been served with court documents and need assistance, please contact our experienced litigation team from Taurus Legal Management on (03) 9481 2000 or info@tauruslawyers.com.au.

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