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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

Personal Property Security Register deadline 31 January 2017 for migrated registrations

11 January 2017

Did you or your client have a security interest automatically migrated to the personal property security register in 2012?  When the PPSR was set up, it replaced many other public registers. Registrations recorded on over 35 registers were automatically moved across to the PPSR on 30 January 2012. Many of these registrations migrated with MISSING or INCOMPLETE fields. The Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) has allowed 5 years for these discrepancies to be fixed up. This date will come to an end on 31 January 2017. It is essential to ensure your registration was effectively migrated.  Continue Reading..

Marriage and divorce - don't forget your will

14 December 2016

It is not something necessarily at the top of our list when you are excitedly planning a wedding or sadly contemplating divorce, but it is very important that when you start or end a significant relationship that you review and, if necessary, update your Will. When you marry, your Will is revoked, unless the Will was made in contemplation of that marriage.   However, gifts in your Will made prior to the marriage are not revoked if they were made to the person to whom you are married at the time of your death. When you divorce, any gift to a former spouse is revoked, along with any appointment as executor or trustee.  Continue Reading..

Don't forget the LRBA deadline

13 December 2016

SMSF trustees have until 31 January 2017 to ensure that any LRBA that their fund has is on terms consistent with an arm's length dealing or, alternatively, is brought to an end by 31 January 2017. In addition, payments of principal and interest must be made under LRBA terms consistent with an arm's length dealing. If you require any assistance with getting any LRBAs on commercial terms prior to the deadline, please contact us. Continue Reading..

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Tax Stings

Super fund property sale anguish

8 December 2016

This article was published in this month's edition of the Law Society Journal of NSW. Your clients Betty and Bruce recently called to say that their self managed superannuation fund was selling a residential property and to request that you prepare a contract for them. They told you that their superannuation fund bought some vacant land a couple of years ago on which it built a house to be rented out as a long-term income earning investment. However, after the house was completed, but before it was rented, they received an offer that was too good to refuse and have therefore agreed to sell. Continue Reading..

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..

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Legally Speaking

Marriage and divorce - don't forget your will

14 December 2016

It is not something necessarily at the top of our list when you are excitedly planning a wedding or sadly contemplating divorce, but it is very important that when you start or end a significant relationship that you review and, if necessary, update your Will. When you marry, your Will is revoked, unless the Will was made in contemplation of that marriage.   However, gifts in your Will made prior to the marriage are not revoked if they were made to the person to whom you are married at the time of your death. When you divorce, any gift to a former spouse is revoked, along with any appointment as executor or trustee.  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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eNews

Personal Property Security Register deadline 31 January 2017 for migrated registrations

11 January 2017

Did you or your client have a security interest automatically migrated to the personal property security register in 2012?  When the PPSR was set up, it replaced many other public registers. Registrations recorded on over 35 registers were automatically moved across to the PPSR on 30 January 2012. Many of these registrations migrated with MISSING or INCOMPLETE fields. The Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) has allowed 5 years for these discrepancies to be fixed up. This date will come to an end on 31 January 2017. It is essential to ensure your registration was effectively migrated.  Continue Reading..

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 and our telephone number will change to 02 8089 3142. 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..

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Super Snippets

Don't forget the LRBA deadline

13 December 2016

SMSF trustees have until 31 January 2017 to ensure that any LRBA that their fund has is on terms consistent with an arm's length dealing or, alternatively, is brought to an end by 31 January 2017. In addition, payments of principal and interest must be made under LRBA terms consistent with an arm's length dealing. If you require any assistance with getting any LRBAs on commercial terms prior to the deadline, please contact us. Continue Reading..

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..

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