Publications and News

A Broken Marriage and a Hefty Tax Bill

11 May 2018

You’ve been acting for your sister Ana in relation to the breakdown of her marriage to Chris. Ana has been cheating on Chris pretty much since they were married. You suspect Chris knew about it deep down, everyone else did, but pretended he didn’t to keep the family together. But he’d finally had enough and decided to leave her. Continue Reading..

Can Text Messages or Video Recordings Constitute a Valid Will?

3 April 2018

We are living and breathing in a digital age where pen and paper is becoming something of the past. A recent decision handed down by the Queensland Supreme Court in 2017 proved that an unsent text message satisfied the requirements of a person’s last Will.  Continue Reading..

Quit Horsing About

9 March 2018

You act for Bill and Jo Smith on the sale of their 20 acre property in Bourke known as "Racecourse Road" which is well known in the town for breeding and selling race horses. It also holds local races every couple of months. Bill and Jo also own other adjoining property and have been capturing and selling goats, the meat of which is exported to the Middle East. Continue Reading..

The most important asset: succession for your embryos

6 March 2018

As couples today commonly engage in IVF treatment, the question must be considered, what will happen to your frozen eggs/sperm or fertilised embryos on the death of you or your partner?  Continue Reading..

Nuts and Bolts of Land Tax Surcharge and Discretionary Trusts

20 February 2018

What is the surcharge land tax?

Commencing the 2017 land tax year (that is ownership of land at midnight, 31 December 2016) surcharge land tax applies to foreign persons including foreign corporations, trusts and government who own residential land in NSW.  Continue Reading..

Accountants and lawyers: Friends or adversaries?

6 February 2018

This article was published in this month's edition of the Law Society Journal of NSW.

You can’t stand Harvey. He’s an accountant in the same suburb, and you have some mutual clients. Harvey is rude, arrogant and full of a sense of his own importance. He has little respect for lawyers generally and seems to think himself superior to you. In the past you have lost clients because Harvey has said bad things about you. Continue Reading..

Having to prove who you are is becoming a way of life

5 February 2018

If you intend to buy or sell real estate, you will need to prove who you are. Continue Reading..

Early occupancy/possession: Moving into a property before settlement occurs

4 January 2018

Did you know that when buying or selling property in NSW the parties to a contract may mutually agree upon terms for early possession of a property before completion takes place.  Continue Reading..

Asking for the right advice

2 January 2018

It’s Friday morning and you settle into work for the day hoping to catch up on some matters as Friday’s are usually pretty quiet. Continue Reading..

Have you protected your business name?

28 November 2017

Many business owners think that registering a business or company name gives them exclusive rights to use that name. You may be surprised to learn that merely registering a business name or company name only identifies the name under which your business trades. It doesn’t give you ownership of (or proprietary rights to use) that name. Continue Reading..

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