As the world celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD) this month, it seems fitting to highlight the law firm of Crowe Legal, an Ocean Grove law practice run single-handedly by Melanie Crowe.
Melanie’s particular emphasis is compassion and understanding, challenging stereotypes (one of this year’s IWD themes) of detachment so often found in a male-dominated field, yet retaining a focus on practicalities and the demystification of often complex legal processes.
Melanie’s practice is in the area of Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, and Deceased Estates.
Legal services in these areas each require a gentle, caring approach. In fact, Melanie puts this into practise in more ways than one, going so far as visiting people in their own homes in order to make them feel more comfortable and less intimidated.
Melanie has been practicing for more than 22 years now, previously within the confines of other firms. One year ago and on the cusp of Covid-19 hitting our shores, Melanie founded Crowe Legal.
“It was time to simply go out on my own and deliver my services my way. It’s a step that in hindsight, I should have taken long ago. I’m proud of myself for taking the plunge and so very glad I did,” says Melanie.
“Although I have worked further afield during my law career, I choose to work where I grew up, and am driven about assisting my clients get their ‘legal housekeeping’ in order.
“Many people are anxious about seeking the assistance of a lawyer and can find the process very formal and confronting (especially given the very personal and sometimes emotional nature of the areas I work in).
“I think what I bring to the services I provide is very personal and compassionate. I take away the mystery; my explanations are thorough and in plain language so my clients are equipped with a practical understanding of what they need, why they need it and the process to achieve it.
“I hope I make my clients feel comfortable. I’m told I do.”
Melanie notes that many people will procrastinate about putting into place such important measures as Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney.
“I enjoy assisting my clients in getting these matters sorted for them. They are always so very relieved.
“What I really take a lot of satisfaction from is assisting clients in the administration of Deceased Estates (grants of probate and such). When a family member or loved one dies, it can be difficult to know where to start.
“In times of grief, it can all be overwhelming. I like to think I make the process as easy as it can be.”
Crowe Legal, Ocean Grove. Operates 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Inquiries: 5255 5369 or visit