Publications and News

Attorney acting against the principal’s wishes

10 May 2019

Attorney’s responsibilities and actions are a heightened concern for lawyers today. As society has recently put a spotlight on elder-abuse issues, the decisions and proposals of an appointed attorney are carefully reviewed by law firms, courts and tribunals alike.  Continue Reading..

Conveyancing

9 April 2019

Buying or selling real estate, whether it is a home, farm, investment property, commercial or business property, can be a complex process. If you are not aware of your obligations under the terms of the contract for sale and the relevant laws which are constantly subject to change, it could become a costly exercise if things go awry. Continue Reading..

Overworked and underpaid?

7 March 2019

Are you being paid or are you paying the correct wage? Continue Reading..

Fixture or chattel?

4 February 2019

Disputes regarding property and the question on whether something is a fixture or chattel can be complex. Continue Reading..

Are you a ‘Super Saver’?

17 January 2019

James has been making voluntary contributions to his Super Fund to save for his first home. James can apply for the release of his voluntary contributions, together with associated earnings to help with the purchase as: Continue Reading..

Time to Downsize?

13 December 2018

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability Measures No. 1 Act 2017 commenced operation on 1 July 2018 and provides that if you are 65 years or older and meet the eligibility requirements, you may be able to contribute up to $300,000 from the proceeds of the sale of your home into your superannuation.  Continue Reading..

Loan or Gift?

8 November 2018

Normally speaking, where person A purchases property in the name of person B, a trust arises whereby person A holds the property on trust for person B – unless a presumption of advancement is present or if there is evidence to the contrary.  Continue Reading..

Don’t Spoil Your Gift!

8 October 2018

Many of us strive to leave assets such as the family home, an investment property or shares to those we love in our will, but have you ever thought about what will happen to a gift in your will if it is sold before you die? Continue Reading..

Disposal Of Firearms After Death

12 September 2018

It is not uncommon for people in rural and regional areas to possess a firearms licence. Many primary producers possess firearms and corresponding licences for farming and grazing activities including for the removal of pest animals. But what happens to firearms owned by a licence holder upon their death? Continue Reading..

To see or not to see: Latent and Patent Defects when Purchasing Property

7 June 2018

When purchasing a property, it is important for a Buyer to rely on their own enquiries and investigations to satisfy themselves with the state of the property. However a Seller does have a legal obligation under the Conveyancing Legislation to disclose any latent defects in a property to a Buyer. In contrast any patent defects do not need to be disclosed by a Seller to a Buyer. So, what is the difference?  Continue Reading..

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