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  • Inheritance Lost Because of No Binding Death Benefit Nomination!

    06 APRIL 2021

    In 2013 a woman died. She was the mother of a son who was bankrupt. Her will stated that the bankrupt son was to be the executor of her estate and the sole beneficiary. In addition to this, the mother had not made a Binding Death Benefit nomination for her superannuation. This meant that the payment of the superannuation would be decided by the trustees of the super fund. Read more

  • Top 10 Things That Can Go Wrong When Entering into a Franchise Agreement:

    23 MARCH 2021

    Franchise agreements can be a great way to enter into a profitable business. Despite this, they can also go wrong. The results can be catastrophic. Here are the top 10 things that can go wrong when Read more

  • Can Your Business Make Vaccines Compulsory?

    08 MARCH 2021 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    COVID-19 vaccines are now approved for use in Australia. The question of whether these vaccines can be made compulsory for employees will be important. A recent case may give some guidance. Read more

  • Are You Tempted to Take a Sub-lease of Some Floorspace? Be Careful with Subleases!

    15 FEBRUARY 2021 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    You may be looking for premises and get offered some space available on a “sublease”. This is common at present because more businesses than ever have employees working remotely from home, and so they have too much floorspace. Subletting the excess space will allow them to recoup some rent during the balance of the term of their lease. Read more

  • Life Insurance Denied Due to Failure to Disclose!

    19 JANUARY 2021 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROBATE & DECEASED ESTATES

    In 2014 a man took out life insurance. He named his de facto partner as the beneficiary of the policy. In his application he had claimed to be a healthy individual who did not take drugs, and who lead a healthy lifestyle. The policy was for $2,625,000.00. Read more

  • Court Orders Person to Sell House After Divorce Settlement!

    15 DECEMBER 2020 FAMILY LAW & DE FACTO RELATIONSHIPS LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    A man and woman had been married to each other for many years. In 1997 a family home was purchased under the husband’s sole name. In 2000 the husband and wife separated, and the husband transferred half of the ownership of the home into his wife’s name. Following this, the husband and wife informally agreed that the husband would transfer his remaining one-half interest in the family home to the wife, making her the sole owner of the family home. Read more

  • When a Secret Lover Appears after Death, What Can They Claim?

    08 DECEMBER 2020 WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING CONTESTING A WILL ESTATE DISPUTES PROBATE & DECEASED ESTATES

    In 2018 a man died without a will. He had three children. He had separated from his wife eight years prior to his death. Despite separating, the two were not divorced. Not long after the man’s death, his family was shocked to find that their father had a secret lover who they had never met or heard of. She made a claim on their father’s estate. Read more

  • Is Your Discretionary Trust Ready?

    01 DECEMBER 2020 WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    If you have a discretionary trust that holds (or may one day hold) real estate, then you need to be aware of a recent change in the law. Read more

  • 9 Things Your Business Needs to Know About Cybercrime!

    23 NOVEMBER 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW

    Cybercrime represents a major threat to all businesses. Here are the top 9 things to consider with respect to cybercrime. Read more

  • How Should Your Business React to Employees Who Push the Boundaries with their Jokes at Work ?

    17 NOVEMBER 2020 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    In a recent case involved an employee of an oil refinery. The oil refinery’s management was in the process of negotiating a new pay deal with staff. The negotiations had been going for over two years without reaching an agreement. Read more