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..
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..
This article was published in this month's edition of the Law Society Journal of NSW.
You are acting for Jeremy in relation to the breakdown of his marriage with Chloe. Jeremy tells you that he and Chloe have reached a property agreement with the assistance of a mediator. Continue Reading..
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..
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. Continue Reading..
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..