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  • 5 Things to Think About when Fundraising Online

    20 APRIL 2021

    The rise of online fundraising platforms such as GoFundMe has made raising money easier than ever. Despite the ease with which funds can now be raised, many complex areas are overseen. Here are the 5 things you may not have considered when fundraising online: Read more

  • Who Should Pay? You Or The Owners’ Corporation?

    13 APRIL 2021 PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    The dispute is all too familiar. A pipe between the walls of your lot and another lot is leaking water into your property. Your strata manager insists on billing you for the plumbing repairs, but you argue that the leak is happening in a common area, making it the responsibility of the owners’ corporation. Read more

  • Inheritance Lost Because of No Binding Death Benefit Nomination!

    06 APRIL 2021 ESTATE DISPUTES CONTESTING A WILL PROBATE & DECEASED ESTATES

    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 WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING

    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