Equity Legal

1/33 Davey Street, Mandurah WA 6210


(08) 9535 4564

} 08:30am - 05:00pm week days - Saturday, Sunday By Appointment Only

Equity Legal provides excellent service in the areas of family and criminal law.

We pride ourselves on providing a quality cost effective legal service.

Our team is experienced and down to earth.

We use plain English when we provide advice.

We provide advice and representation in both family and criminal law and are happy to set out the likley course a case will follow, provide early disclosure of likely costs and ensure that you are kept fully updated at every turn.

Equity Legal is a family & criminal lawyers

Knowledge is a wonderful power …. Let Equity Legal share their knowledge

Equity Legal is a boutique law firm offering a personalised and client focussed service. Operating in the areas of family and criminal law only, Equity Legal provides experience, expertise and excellence.

The legal advice and representation is provided by local lawyers Shivon Smilovitis and Brian Mahon from their consulting suite in the Mandurah CBD. Both are available for client consultation by appointment only and Equity Legal intentionally controls the volume of work undertaken to ensure that your matter can be given the personal attention it deserves.

Equity Legal prides itself on providing competent answers to your questions, solutions to your problems and a way forward when circumstances appear overwhelming.

Equity Legal ….. ensuring service comes first in legal services.

Real People are hard to find ..

Equity Legal are based around specialist services in specialist areas …. not just general law

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One of the toughest jobs you can ever do is to watch the decline of a loved one to a mental disease.  More so, when you are the full-time carer and you have to contend with everything from toilet and washing duties to sometimes physical and verbal abuse.  It can be rewarding, but soul-destroying is another term that could be used.

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In a recent case (as reported by AAP/SBS), a Coroner cries over 83yo’s ‘tragic’ death, an elderly mother had been left to ‘deteriorate’ under the apparent care of one of her 3 daughters.  Once it was discovered that her 83yo mother had in fact passed away, her daughter shut the door and carried on like her mother was still alive.

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At the time of Noreen’d death, she would not have weighed more than 37 kilograms.

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If you find yourself being the primary carer for a dementia patient it is essential to keep in contact with the community – family members, neighbours, health care facilities, counselling.


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