Publications and News

Marriage Breakdown Problems

2 November 2017

This article was published in this month's edition of the Law Society Journal of NSW.
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Don’t forget to look at your options!

1 November 2017

Put simply, an option to renew in a lease is exactly that - an option for you as the Tenant, to renew the lease for another term when your existing lease expires. An option is very important for business continuity, just think what would happen if you suddenly found out that you had to find new business premises at the end of the month! But to exercise your option correctly requires careful consideration of the terms of the lease.  Continue Reading..

Not a Good Option

19 October 2017

You’ve acted for an old friend Shirley for a very long time. You are aware that she has two sons, Bob and Barry and a daughter Billy whom you have never met or know much about. Bob had a horse riding accident some years ago and acquired a severe back injury that resulted in him losing his job and turned to drinking. His marriage, you suspect, is also on the rocks, as his wife who commutes daily for work moved back to Sydney. Barry who’s finally settled down with ‘the one’ much to Shirley’s relief, had been taken for a ride by a few earlier girlfriends and has next to nothing in the bank and rents a tiny one bedroom cottage on a friend’s farm.  Continue Reading..

Harvesting a Burning Liability

4 October 2017

It’s the perfect week to bring an end to harvest and beat your neighbour to the pub. The day seems warm but you check the wind, temperature and humidity against the new Rural Fire Services (RFS) sticker and decide to take on the last block. It’s risky but the discretion is now in your hands thanks to the NSW RFS bringing an end to the cease harvest direction, so you decide to get the job done.It’s almost lunch; you pull out your sandwich and suddenly smell smoke. Your hunger immediately vanishes as your stomach drops. You turn around to see your new header up in flames and become more alarmed to realise that you are a paddock away from your neighbour’s best yielding crop…  Continue Reading..

PIC a horse, any horse

13 September 2017

Did you know that anyone who keeps horses in NSW is required to obtain a Property Identification Code (“PIC”) for the land on which the horses are kept? The requirement to have a PIC has been around for some time for livestock owners, whether the livestock is moved or not, but what a lot of people don’t seem to know is that even if you own just one horse you must have a PIC. The need for a register of the location of all horses (and other livestock) was recognised during the equine influenza outbreak in 2007. At its peak, approximately 47,000 horses in NSW were infected. Horse owners and industry workers faced dark times with major impacts on their livelihood and lifestyle.  Continue Reading..

Beware of Isolated Transactions and GST

12 September 2017

Your ex-partner, Antonio, contacts you late Wednesday afternoon asking you to act for him in relation to selling a shop down the main street of the small coastal town you live in. You are thrilled to receive the call. You parted on reasonably good terms but haven’t heard from him in a long time and you were always secretly hoping you might re-kindle the flame. Eager to please Antonio, you stay back late to draft the contract so it is ready for him to sign in the morning.  Continue Reading..

Incorporation of Anoni Wright

4 September 2017

It is with great pleasure that JMA Legal would like to announce we have incorporated Anoni Wright Lawyers of Junee. Our new office is located at 93 Broadway Junee NSW 2663. Continue Reading..

Are you being taken advantage of?

16 August 2017

The recent World Elder Abuse Awareness Day gave the NSW Law Society the opportunity to put elder abuse at the top of the agenda. In the context of an aging Australian population and the World Health Organisation reporting that elder abuse is on the rise – a report by the Law Reform Commission has found that emotional and financial abuse are two of the most common forms of abuse. Financial abuse can include stealing money from the elderly, incurring bills for which an older person is responsible, abusing power of attorney arrangements or forcing someone to sign a will or contract. Continue Reading..

New Office in Tumut

15 August 2017

It is with great pleasure that JMA Legal would like to announce we have opened a new office in Tumut.  Continue Reading..

Brewing Trouble

3 August 2017

Jane and James have been clients of yours for the last ten years. You enjoy working with them because they seem quite an adventurous couple, so you are thrilled when James calls you to say he would like to meet up with you to discuss his new business idea.James tells you that he and some of his mates are going to set up a brewery in their local town and that he will become the director of the new company which is going to run the operation. James and Jane are concerned about James’ personal liability and think it’s wise for James to retire as trustee of their family trust. You are familiar with their trust; it owns several units at the coast and Jane and James, along with Jane’s father, are the trustees, and the beneficiaries are Jane, James, their children and Jane’s father.  Continue Reading..

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