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Your pet – a vital consideration in your will

Your pet – a vital consideration in your will

A loved pet is as close as family. They can also become an important consideration for your will. There are several options to provide for a pet, in a will: Leave your pet to a friend or relative to care for, usually with a sum of money to assist. (It is important to...

Can an estranged family member challenge my will?

Can an estranged family member challenge my will?

A situation which has been faced by a number of our clients is the breakdown in their relationship with an adult child. At times, the estrangement has reached such a point that the parents no longer wish to provide for the child in their will (or wish to diminish that...

Why every parent should have a will in place

Why every parent should have a will in place

All parents need wills. Most parents would do anything in their power to protect their children and would make great sacrifices to ensure their children grow to become healthy and confident adults.  Yet many parents of young or teenage children never get around to...

Is your business compliant with Privacy Laws?

Is your business compliant with Privacy Laws?

The Australian Privacy Commissioner’s latest decision against AAPT is a timely warning to your business to review its privacy obligations in light of the substantial changes to the Privacy Act, that came into effect on 12 March 2014. The Privacy Law changes reflect...

Why you need a Buy Sell Agreement in place

Why you need a Buy Sell Agreement in place

A Buy Sell Agreement is a legally binding agreement between co-owners of a business that governs what happens if a co-owner dies or is otherwise forced to leave the business or chooses to leave the business. It may be thought of as a sort of premarital agreement...

What can be done about building defects?

What can be done about building defects?

With this increase in unit dwellings during the recent property boom, more strata schemes are being registered with an increased level of building defect issues which Owners Corporations are left to deal with, especially in the initial years. The Home Building Act...

8 steps to a smooth property settlement

8 steps to a smooth property settlement

Buying a property? Whether off-the-plan or existing, whether a house or apartment, consider these 8 steps to ensure a smooth settlement when buying a property. Loan Preparation Arrange your loan documentation with your bank including maximum conditional pre-approval...

The first essential steps to separation

The first essential steps to separation

When a relationship ends, it is important to be smart about how and when financial connections are severed. Although every family’s financial circumstances are unique, you should consider whether anything on the following checklist is relevant and requires action....

Parenting laws in same-sex relationships

Parenting laws in same-sex relationships

In 2008, the law was changed to give people in same-sex relationships the same rights and responsibilities as people in heterosexual relationships. The Family Court has greater powers, including recognising parents of children born through artificial conception...

How long before a relationship is de facto?

How long before a relationship is de facto?

Since 1 March 2009 de facto couples across Australia have had substantially the same rights and liabilities as married couples in relation to financial and property settlements. Once a relationship becomes a de facto relationship, a Federal Court has the power to...

What you need to know about strata reform laws

What you need to know about strata reform laws

For a long time, Strata professionals and Strata property owners have been lobbying for reform to the NSW Strata Laws, believing that many areas required updating and change. In October 2015 two reform bills were presented to Parliament by the Minister for Innovation...

Who will make decisions for you when you can’t?

Who will make decisions for you when you can’t?

Our population is ageing. The life expectancy for men is 84 and for women, 87. It is not uncommon for people to suffer from years of ill health particularly in their advanced years. Irrespective of age or whether you are currently in good health it is important that...

How do I apply for divorce in Australia?

How do I apply for divorce in Australia?

An “Order for Divorce” is a document obtained from the Court that legally terminates a marriage. Obtaining one is the only way to conclude a marriage. The process of applying for an Order for Divorce (done in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia) is not common...

What you need to know about parental leave

What you need to know about parental leave

Many employers do not know what their obligations are about parental leave. Recent amendments to the Fair Work Act now also need to be considered. It is timely to update you on employer’s obligations about parental leave. Currently, under the Fair Work Act,...

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