6-8 William Street, Nambour, Sunshine Coast

Retirement Village Legal Advice

Retirement Villages - Residence Contract Legal Advice

Retirement should be a stress free period of life. Before entering a Retirement Village you should consult our Sunshine Coast
solicitors for legal advice so we can review you residence contract and make sure there are no hidden traps.

The Retirement Villages Act

Our Nambour lawyers can advise you of the implications of the Retirement Villages Act insofar as it relates to and regulate your relationship with your scheme operator.

It is important that you understand that you do have rights to challenge decisions that are made and the legislation encourages the participation of residents in the operation of their village.

Open communication with your scheme operator should be expected and in the event of disputes, a process of dispute notification and mediation is prescribed.

Why Choose our Sunshine Coast retirement village lawyers?

We have assisted many residents to fight to ensure they maintain their rights in a fair and equitable way.
The Butler McDermott Sunshine Coast law firm can also assist in:

  • Implications of entering into a residence contract in relation to stamp duty and GST;
  • Matters relating to service fees and levies and the proper methods of calculation thereof;
  • Refurbishment and Capital Replacement costs;
  • Termination of residence contracts and vacation of retirement village premises

Meet Our Retirement Villages Law Team

 If you are looking for retirement village legal advice to guide you smoothly through the transfer of your property, contact us today to set up an appointment.

Simone Faunt


Peter Boyce


Peter has been practising as a Nambour Solicitor since 1977 and joined Butler McDermott Lawyers the same year.

With over 40 years practicing as a Sunshine Coast lawyer, Peter has extensive knowledge of various facets of law.

He has practised in all areas of litigation and has special interests in:

  • Criminal law
  • Civil and Commercial litigation
  • Retirement Village matters
  • Sports law
  • Resumption of land and compensation claims


Peter has specialised knowledge of and experience with resumption matters as a result of the Traveston Dam project, road corridors, Main Roads and water pipeline. He is renowned for his professional approach and is an experienced and determined advocate.

Brent King


Brent works as a litigation lawyer, providing litigation legal advice in relation to both civil and criminal law matters, including:
  • Defamation Claims
  • Contract and Debt Disputes
  • Building and Construction Disputes
  • Planning Matters
  • Criminal Law and Traffic Legal Matters
Having grown up on the Sunshine Coast and joining Butler McDermott after the completion of his studies, Brent appreciates the needs of our clients, and brings a particularly commercial approach to litigation. Brent is a member of the Queensland Law Society and the Sunshine Coast Law Association, and has litigated a wide variety of matters in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts.

Al Upton


After arriving at Butler McDermott Lawyers in 2016, Al quickly progressed to running our Wills and Estates section and has successfully litigated disputes in the Supreme and District Courts of Queensland in the early stages of his career.

In the years that followed Al has now moved to assist our clients with commercial and property matters having achieved positive outcomes in that area as well as general litigation. Al’s experience has him uniquely placed to provide quality advice in the areas of property, commercial, wills and estates and general litigation.

Al is involved in giving back to the community, sitting on the board for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and Sundale Community Foundation. He otherwise became a director of Butler McDermott Lawyers in November 2021.