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  • Disputes within Strata Plans Are Best Resolved Informally!

    29 SEPTEMBER 2020 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    The owners in a block of units in Manly faced a significant problem. All the residents’ mailboxes were located in a communal mail room. Each mailbox had a lock. The strata managers received reports of break-ins in the communal mail room by gangs stealing mail. The chairman of the owners’ corporation believed that as a result of residents’ failure to keep the mailboxes locked, criminal gangs were able to produce a master key. The chairman of the owners’ corporation emailed all residents asking them to make sure their mailboxes were locked. Read more

  • Self-Representing In the Family Court? Think Again!

    25 SEPTEMBER 2020 FAMILY LAW & DE FACTO RELATIONSHIPS LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    A recent family law case saw a husband and wife both decide to deal with their property settlement without engaging lawyers. The couple were struggling to deal with a complex financial situation, with multiple businesses and financial interests between them. Read more

  • 8 Things You Need to Know About Your Customers’ Right to a Refund

    15 SEPTEMBER 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW

    If your business supplies goods or services then generally the Australian Consumer Law will have an impact on your obligations to your customers. Read more

  • Think Carefully and Get Advice Before You Resort to a “Self-Help” Remedy to Your Property Dispute!

    08 SEPTEMBER 2020 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    A few years ago, a builder purchased a property in a regenerated suburb. He intended to knock down the existing house and build on it a large new house for his family. Read more

  • Choose the Executor of Your Will Wisely!

    01 SEPTEMBER 2020 WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING ESTATE DISPUTES

    In a recent case a father had two sons and no other family. The father made a will naming the older son as his executor. The will said that the estate was to be divided equally between the two sons. Read more

  • New Defective Building Laws Come into Effect

    27 AUGUST 2020 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    On 11 June 2020 the Parliament of NSW passed the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 which applies to building work, including residential buildings. The law was introduced following concerns raised about building defects and combustible cladding after reports of defects in high rise buildings. Read more

  • Have You Considered What Happens to Your Digital Assets after You Die?

    25 AUGUST 2020 WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING PROBATE & DECEASED ESTATES

    As digital assets continue to rise in popularity, the amount of people holding digital assets and dying without either telling others of the assets, or not providing enough information in order to access the assets, is dramatically on the rise Read more

  • Your Business Contracts and “Force Majeure”

    11 AUGUST 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW

    Coronavirus has been extensively covered in the news media. What has arguably received less attention is what happens when an unforeseeable event such as this prevents a party from fulfilling its contract obligations. Such situations have the potential to disrupt businesses. With this in mind, here are 5 things to know about how your business could be affected. Read more

  • Will Making Capacity is Not Black and White!

    04 AUGUST 2020 CONTESTING A WILL WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING PROBATE & DECEASED ESTATES ESTATE DISPUTES

    A father had six daughters. He made a will dividing his estate equally between the six of them. In 2013 he changed his will to give $40,000.00 to each of five of the daughters, and the rest of his $3,000,000.00 estate to his remaining daughter. Read more

  • Strata Owner Wins Case But Forced To Pay Costs Of Owners’ Corporation

    27 JULY 2020 PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    A man purchased one (1) car parking spot in a strata plan in Potts Point as an investment. Being close to the city, the car spot was highly valued, however getting a car into it required that the man drive over part of the common property, which was a garden. The owners' corporation did not approve of this and sought to prevent his movement over that part of the garden. This was first done by putting a metal chain across the edge of the garden, however the man removed the chain. In response to this, the owners' corporation decided to build a raised concrete garden bed to stop him. Read more