Publications and News

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..

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..

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..

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..

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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