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JMA Legal provides tailor-made client specific deeds for superannuation and trusts.

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Welcome to JMA Legal

JMA Legal is a specialised business law firm with a strong conveyancing and property law practice. We provide effective solutions to succession planning, wills and estate planning, revenue law problems and complex tax.

We tailor-make deeds for superannuation and trusts to meet the specific requirements of our clients.

Our property law team is involved with all aspects of residential, commercial, industrial, water and rural conveyancing.

All types of leasing, subdivision and interests in land such as creation of easements and rights of way are dealt with regularly.

JMA Legal has a large probate practice ranging from simple to very complex matters. We also act in family provisions matters.

JMA Legal advises private clients, small to medium sized enterprises, family businesses, agribusiness clients as well as accountants, lawyers, financial planners and management consultants.

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Latest Publications and News

JMA Legal Sydney office moves

18 November 2016

It is with great pleasure to advise that the Sydney office of JMA Legal will open our doors in more spacious and comfortable surroundings from Monday 21 November. Our new address is Level 8, 65 York St Sydney 2000, however our telephone number remains the same at  02 8249 4028. Continue Reading..

Guarantees signed by electronic signature are not always binding

18 November 2016

Guarantees signed by electronic signature are not always binding  The judgment of the 2015 case of Crocker v Williams Group Australia in the NSW Supreme Court was appealed to the Full Court. Just recently the decision handed down by the Full Court highlights significant issues that may arise when entering contracts and guarantees using electronic signatures. Williams Group Australia agreed to supply building materials to a company, ITH Modular Pty Ltd. Mr Crocker was one of the three directors of ITH. The credit application was signed by each director and there was also an ‘all monies’ guarantee which required the signatures of the three directors in their capacity as guarantors. Continue Reading..

Overworked and underpaid? Hopefully not!

9 November 2016

Overworked and underpaid? Hopefully not! Are you being paid or are you paying the correct wage? The Fair Work Act 2009 (“the Act”) imposes obligations on employers about the payment of minimum wages. Continue Reading..

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Tax Stings

GST free supply of farmland

9 November 2016

GST Free Supply of Farmland Your brother Harry and his wife Zoe contact you about arranging a contract for the sale of a 15 acre block. The block is part of their larger rural property on which they conduct a farming business. It is on a separate title and close to town. A good friend of theirs has been looking for a small acreage on the edge of town to purchase and has offered them very good money to buy the block. It comes at the perfect time as Harry and Zoe are struggling financially and really need the extra funds to help keep the farm operating.  Continue Reading..

GST stings

6 October 2016

This article was published in this month's edition of the Law Society Journal of NSW. In the course of your busy conveyancing practice you come across many different situations. You are only too well aware of the importance of taking GST into account. But some situations are more common than others. For example, Example 1 You recently acted for Peter on the sale of a commercial property inherited from his father. But when Peter gave you instructions he had a problem. The handshake deal at $2 million did not include GST. And the potential buyer was absolutely refusing to add GST. So, you suggested to Peter that he apply the margin scheme. You explained that this would mean GST only on the difference between the price his father paid for the property and the sale price now. Peter is happy about this because, his father having bought the property for $1 million in 2005 his GST bill would be halved. Continue Reading..

Not all farmland is GST free

8 September 2016

Land values have taken off in your local area and clients of yours are considering selling part of their property to help fund their retirement and repay debt. Your clients owned the land before Capital Gains Tax was introduced so you know the significant capital gain your client stands to make will not be a problem. Husband and wife own the land jointly and operate their farm business in partnership. As its turnover is greater than $75,000 they are registered for GST. Continue Reading..

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Legally Speaking

Guarantees signed by electronic signature are not always binding

18 November 2016

Guarantees signed by electronic signature are not always binding  The judgment of the 2015 case of Crocker v Williams Group Australia in the NSW Supreme Court was appealed to the Full Court. Just recently the decision handed down by the Full Court highlights significant issues that may arise when entering contracts and guarantees using electronic signatures. Williams Group Australia agreed to supply building materials to a company, ITH Modular Pty Ltd. Mr Crocker was one of the three directors of ITH. The credit application was signed by each director and there was also an ‘all monies’ guarantee which required the signatures of the three directors in their capacity as guarantors. Continue Reading..

Overworked and underpaid? Hopefully not!

9 November 2016

Overworked and underpaid? Hopefully not! Are you being paid or are you paying the correct wage? The Fair Work Act 2009 (“the Act”) imposes obligations on employers about the payment of minimum wages. Continue Reading..

Dividing fences

5 October 2016

Under the Dividing Fences Act 1991 (“the Act”) a dividing fence is a fence that separates the land of adjoining owners. The fence may be a structure of any material, a ditch, an embankment or a vegetative barrier (e.g. hedge). It does not include a retaining wall or the wall of a building. Under the Act owners generally share equally the cost of a dividing fence. Continue Reading..

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eNews

JMA Legal Sydney office moves

18 November 2016

It is with great pleasure to advise that the Sydney office of JMA Legal will open our doors in more spacious and comfortable surroundings from Monday 21 November. Our new address is Level 8, 65 York St Sydney 2000, however our telephone number remains the same at  02 8249 4028. Continue Reading..

New laws affect all vendors and purchasers selling or buying property over $2m

19 May 2016

From 1 July 2016, new laws affect all vendors and all purchasers selling or buying property over $2,000,000 in Australia. All vendors who sell a property valued at $2M or more will have 10% of the sale price withheld by the purchaser, UNLESS they can provide a clearance certificate from the Australian Tax Office showing they are an Australian resident on or before settlement. All purchasers who are buying property have to pay to the ATO 10% of the purchase price UNLESS they have received a clearance certificate from the vendor. Severe penalties apply if this is not done. Continue Reading..

New and generous small business rollover relief

11 May 2016

Subdivision 328-G commences on 1 July 2016. All passed and ready to go - and very generous. The provisions apply to small business entities - those with an aggregated turnover of less than $2 million. There must be no change in underlying ultimate ownership by individuals. Transfers can be between individuals, companies, partnerships and trusts - but not superannuation funds. Continue Reading..

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Super Snippets

Simplifying deeds in the pension phase with your SMSF clients

29 September 2016

This article was published in SMSF Adviser magazine. For members in the pension phase of an SMSF, a lengthy and complex deed is not always necessary. Short, targeted deeds can also achieve the desired estate planning outcomes with just as much certainty. There has been a lot of discussion regarding the effectiveness of death benefit nominations in terms of achieving the desired outcomes of the trustee and whether they have the potential to be challenged in court. Another method that can be used by trustees to create certainty of entitlement of benefits after the death of a member is to draft a special purpose deed.  Continue Reading..

SMSF - Non-bank LRBA - 30 June deadline

14 April 2016

It is strongly recommended that non-bank SMSF limited recourse borrowing arrangements ("LRBAs") be reviewed to ensure compliance with the safe harbour guidelines published by the ATO last week (see PCG 2016/5).  Continue Reading..

Holiday homes and self managed super funds

18 December 2015

Summer holidays are just around the corner and many of us flock to the beach and rent a house on the coast for a week or two. This is often a time when coastal real estate agents bombard holiday makers with property brochures hoping that they might make a sale.  Continue Reading..

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