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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Following on from our article last month about stamp duty being abolished on homes for first home owners up to a certain limit, the Federal Government in its recent Budget also established a scheme to help people save for their first home by using their superannuation fund to build savings for a deposit in a tax advantageous environment. Continue Reading..
Tony comes to see you about a 'too good to refuse' offer he has received from a developer – $5 million GST inclusive for a property
he bought for $5,000 in 1970.
Tony comes to see you about a 'too good to refuse' offer he has received from a developer – $5 million GST inclusive for a property he bought for $5,000 in 1970.Continue Reading..