Australia Law

Have Australian Law Questions? Ask a Lawyer Now.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Australia Law

My son was enrolled in a school 6 years ago. months

Customer Question
Hi. My son was enrolled...
Hi. My son was enrolled in a school 6 years ago. For 12 months I was dropping him off every morning and he wasn't attending. School policy is to SMS the parent when a kid doesn't attend. They had my correct phone number. They didn't SMS me once, I had no idea he wasn't attending. When I found out he said he couldn't go there because kids were doing drugs and he was scared. We had moved down from the country and he wasn't used to this kind of environment. The school did NOT do their job. If they had told me he wasn't attending I could have done something. Now, 6 years later, they have sent me a court summons for school fees. $1200 - 3 times the fees for 1 year. I want to fight it. I should not have to pay fees when he wasn't there and they did NOTHING to help.
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Australia Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Australia Law Question
Answered in 3 minutes by:
5/15/2016
Solicitor: Leon, Solicitor replied 1 year ago
Leon
Leon, Solicitor
Category: Australia Law
Satisfied Customers: 45,433
Experience: BEc Dip Ed, Dip Law (SAB) MTax (UNSW)
Verified
Good EveningMy name is ***** ***** I am a NSW Solicitor. Thank you for your question, and will do my best to assist you with your question. Please understand this is not legal advise Please understand this is not legal advice but a guide to assist you.When did you discover that they had failed to contact you? Is it a state school or a private SchoolAbout to head out but will be back in a few hours.
Ask Your Own Australia Law Question
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I found out a full year after I enrolled him that he hadn't been attending. He hadn't been there at all, he was going home after I dropped him off while I was at work. They never contacted me. It was a public school. I have told them a couple of years ago when they called that I did not think I should pay a year of school fees when they did not provide a service of any kind. The complete lack of contact with me regarding my son has been detrimental to his success ongoing. I could have helped him. How can they send me a court summons for $1200?
Solicitor: Leon, Solicitor replied 1 year ago
Good AfternoonHow so it has been how many years between then and the summons?If they are a public school what is the $1,200.00 for?
Ask Your Own Australia Law Question
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
He was enrolled there 6 years ago. I told them approximately 2 years ago I did not believe I should have to pay their account as they didn't provide a service. I received the summons today. I do not know what the $1200 is for, the summons has no detail. One year of fees would have been around $350 I think from memory. I assume the rest is some form of jacked up costs?
Solicitor: Leon, Solicitor replied 1 year ago
Good Evening. So the money they are asking for is from more than 6 years ago?Has it been more than 6 years since he left?
Ask Your Own Australia Law Question
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
He was enrolled there when he was 15. He's 21 this month.
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
He was only enrolled for a year. I did not send him back the following year when I found out what had happened. Can they force me to pay an account when they did not do what they were supposed to do? They will freely admit they text parents when the child hasn't shown up by 10am, but they didn't text me. How is it possible they can have a child enrolled and charge a fee but not once contact me to tell me he wasn't at school?
Solicitor: Leon, Solicitor replied 1 year ago
Good Evening. They may be out of time. They have 6 years to commence proceedings. If they have filed the application after the 6 year period then you can can seek to have it struck out with costs as they our out of time. If they are just within the 6 years then you should defend it and cross claim for any costs you have incurred to have your son educated. So if you paid for extra tuition to bring him up to speed for the education they did not provide then you claim that against them. Speak to a solicitor in SA about this and have them assist. But it is very close to the end of the limitation period. Speak to the law society of SA and they can refer you to someone close by. Also the Supreme court is not the correct court to start an action for $1200.00It should have been the magistrates Court, The law society website is as follows:https://www.lawsocietysa.asn.auI hope this makes sense and is of assistance. If there is nothing further thank you for using my services. If I have missed anything, or you have any further questions please let me know If there is anything else in the future please do not hesitate to ask. Please do not forget to leave positive feedback. RegardsLeon
Ask Your Own Australia Law Question
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Unfortunately Leon, I did not incur any extra costs. He had not been attending school for a year, at which point it had become too late. He refused to return and at 21 he has not resumed studies and does not have a job or any skills. He has become very introvert. I blame them in part for this. If I had known, early in that year, that his attendance was an issue I would have been able to find out why, and help him before it became too late. Even when it finally came to light, and I met with the school, they flat out denied any responsibility, they put it all back on me and him, and they basically said he was lying about the drugs issue. I know for a fact there is a drug problem at that school, my partners two daughters went tgere. His 17yo is now an addict, and this went on while she attended this school. Just because the teachers don't know, or won't acknowledge it, doesn't mean it didn't happen. The guidance counselor there scoffed at my son and called him a liar, and they did not support him returning to school at all. Did you get the copy of the summons I sent you? I'm pretty sure they are just under 6 years.
Solicitor: Leon, Solicitor replied 1 year ago
Good Evening,The solicitor you instruct should be able to get an expert to work out what the cost to your son have been and how it can be used in any cross claim. I don't but send it by email.***@******.*** you send it through here it will be public. I will get it sometime tomorrow as they are always checked and i will get back to you as soon as I receive it.
Ask Your Own Australia Law Question
Ask Leon Your Own Question
Leon
Leon
Leon, Solicitor
Category: Australia Law
Satisfied Customers: 45,433
45,433 Satisfied Customers
Experience: BEc Dip Ed, Dip Law (SAB) MTax (UNSW)

Leon is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Deborah Awyzio

Deborah Awyzio

Solicitor

863 satisfied customers

Bachelor of Laws (QUT), BIT (QUT), Family Law Accredited Specialist, over 12 years experience

Sean

Sean

Experienced lawyer

855 satisfied customers

Law degree with 1st class honours from Australian National University.

James G.

James G.

Lawyer

17 satisfied customers

Australian Legal Practitioner

Darren Kruse

Darren Kruse

Solicitor

16 satisfied customers

Practising in in Personal Injury, Workcover, Civil Disputes, Family, Wills and Estates and Criminal law.

Leon

Leon

Solicitor

45,433 satisfied customers

BEc Dip Ed, Dip Law (SAB) MTax (UNSW)

Daniel

Daniel

Solicitor

5,833 satisfied customers

Bachelor of Laws (dist) Graduate Diploma in Legal Practise. Admitted NSW Supreme Court / High Court

James D. Ford

James D. Ford

Solicitor

1,600 satisfied customers

Consulting Principal at Nexus Law Group

< Previous | Next >

Related Australia Law Questions
Had a vacate notices given to me had to be out by the 7 th
Had a vacate notices given to me had to be out by the 7 th February now they are saying they eant the keys back by close of business today need if they can do this … read more
John Melis
John Melis
Diploma In Law
1,331 satisfied customers
I am the Leasee at Collier Park Golf Course, Perth WA.
Hi Pearl My name is*****: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location. Customer: I am the Leasee at Collier Park Golf Course, Perth WA … read more
John Melis
John Melis
Diploma In Law
1,331 satisfied customers
I have public liability on two properties that I own.
I have public liability on two properties that I own. Someone else is share farming these properties. In the contract he has to have public liability. Do I have to also pay public liability … read more
John Melis
John Melis
Diploma In Law
1,331 satisfied customers
I need help with a legal issue at Magistrate Court. WA. I
Hi I need help with a legal issue at Magistrate Court … read more
Leon
Leon
Solicitor
45,433 satisfied customers
I missed my last court date for drink driving and I've just
Hello, I missed my last court date for drink driving and I've just been served a summons for Monday.. I know i cannot adjourn and don't have time to get a lawyer, so just wondering what process i can … read more
John Melis
John Melis
Diploma In Law
1,331 satisfied customers
Carey and I need urgent help with a tenancy issue. Victoria.
hi my name is ***** ***** and I need urgent help with a tenancy issue … read more
John Melis
John Melis
Diploma In Law
1,331 satisfied customers
Queensland. About a property i bought
Hello Pearl JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location. Customer: Queensland JA: Has anything been filed or reported? Customer: no JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to kno… read more
Leon
Leon
Solicitor
45,433 satisfied customers
Recently i have been away from home. when I returned I found
Recently i have been away from home. when I returned I found that a power surge had burnt out the inverter on my solar power set up. I'm wondering if there is compensation allowed in such a case. I do… read more
John Melis
John Melis
Diploma In Law
1,331 satisfied customers
I am a swimming coach or was a swimming coach who had child
I am a swimming coach or was a swimming coach who had child welfare claims leveled against me that could not be substantiated and dismissed. Swimming NSW and Swimming Aust even though found to of acted against their own policies and without Natural Justice just sweep me under the carpet and refused to renew my licence. This dragged on for for 18 months and took a toll on me physically and mentally and at great cost financially. I now have no job and no licence. I have been offered employment but SNSW and Swimming Aust have held open false accusations against me. I have a Appeals document which outlines what they have done wrong and their short coming in their policies and processes but they have chosen not to listen to the truth and the evidence. I do not know why? And they will not explain they just want me gone. As i spoke up for my rights and refused out of principle to say sorry for something i had not done and move on. Child Welfare is a serious complaint and to take unsubstantiated complaints and label me guilty was extremely unjust and the Appeals Panel told them so. It fell on deaf ears!!! I would like my licence back what can i do please?? … read more
Leon
Leon
Solicitor
45,433 satisfied customers
My daughter is 17 and a half and engaged, A family member
My daughter is 17 and a half and engaged, A family member has offered to pay for their honeymoon including travelling to various countries around the world they would like to leave in about 2 months but she won't turn 18 until August 5. both families really do not want them travelling to foreign places for over 12months without a legal marriage and being recognised as each others next of kin in the event of an emergency. … read more
John Melis
John Melis
Diploma In Law
1,331 satisfied customers
My caravan was being stored at a caravan park which I was
Second opinion] My caravan was being stored at a caravan park which I was paying a fee for. I bought and placed 2 tarps over it to protect it from the weather. After the Winter had passed I bought 2 m… read more
Leon
Leon
Solicitor
45,433 satisfied customers
I have a question about a problem with my bank. Qld. I have
No. I have tried to talk to them through their complains department but they don't help. … read more
John Melis
John Melis
Diploma In Law
1,331 satisfied customers
I have been defrauded by a so called investment company.
I have been defrauded by a so called investment company. Where can I go for help? Liz … read more
Leon
Leon
Solicitor
45,433 satisfied customers
I am the victim of internet hackers looks like costing me
I am the victim of internet hackers looks like costing me $155930 i purchaded a craavan from a company whos email had been hacked and the hacker changed the bsnk details so i paid the wrong bank tried… read more
John Melis
John Melis
Diploma In Law
1,331 satisfied customers
I live in South Australia. I have a problem and the problem
I have a problem and the problem is that i applied for police clearance Vulnerable, Aged care and child but i have only received vulnerable and aged care and the child one hasn't come yet when it has been 7 monts since i applied the 3 of them … read more
John Melis
John Melis
Diploma In Law
1,331 satisfied customers
I am a bit emotional today, so please understand that I am a
Hello Pearl. I am a bit emotional today, so please understand that I am a bit fuddled. I am being terminated tomorrow. It has been medically decided that I cannot return to my workplace due to the bul… read more
John Melis
John Melis
Diploma In Law
1,331 satisfied customers
I need advice on how to get guardianship order in australi,
i need advice on how to get guardianship order in australi … read more
John Melis
John Melis
Diploma In Law
1,331 satisfied customers
I have a complaint against BOQ bank and BOQ bank franchise
I have a complaint against BOQ bank and BOQ bank franchise manager. Our business and myself have suffered significant loss and destroyed credibility. What can be done and whom to lodge a formal complaint with. Regards, Henry … read more
Leon
Leon
Solicitor
45,433 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x