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  • 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

  • Charged With A Drink Driving Offence? We May Be Able To Give You A Second Chance!

    03 NOVEMBER 2020 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    Recently, a 19 year old man drank three (3) beers one evening, drove home a few hours later and was pulled over by the police. When breathalysed he was found to be slightly over the drink driving limit and was charged with a drink driving offence. He pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced but kept his driving license, and kept his clean criminal record. How? Read more

  • Can You Be Held Liable for Industrial Manslaughter?

    27 OCTOBER 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    As a business owner you will be aware that you must provide a safe work environment. Recently, new laws have been introduced in QLD, Vic, the NT and the ACT relating to industrial manslaughter. These laws mean that the operators of businesses in those states and territories can be held criminally liable for the death of their employees at work. Read more

  • Does Your Business Supply a Big Business? You Need to Know About the Proposed “Payment Times Laws”

    20 OCTOBER 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW

    For your business to survive and thrive you must understand the importance of cashflow. Cashflow is greatly affected by the time you give your customers to pay your invoices. Whilst it is common for businesses to give 30-day payment terms, it is often the case that big businesses impose payment terms of 60, 90 or 120 days. As small business owners generally want to have big businesses as customers, they have little choice but to agree, even though it will adversely impact on their cash flow. As a consequence, your business could be profitable, but ultimately destroyed by poor cashflow. Read more

  • Can You Be Held Liable for the Comments of Others on Your Social Media Post?

    13 OCTOBER 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    In a recent case, there was a young Aboriginal man who had been in and out of youth detention since he was 11 years old. Whilst in detention the man was particularly violent with staff and others, with some victims requiring hospitalisation. Years later there was significant media coverage of the boy’s treatment whilst in detention. It was disclosed that he had been thrown into his cell, threatened, restrained and generally mistreated in a heavy-handed manner. Read more