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What is a De-Facto Relationship?

Family Law January 11, 2016

What is a De-Facto Relationship?

There seems to be some common misunderstandings around what is the legal definition of a de-facto relationship. First of all there is no such thing as a common law husband or wife – you are either married or not. If you are not married to each other and you are not related by family, and you are living together on a genuine domestic basis, then you are in a de-facto…

QLD Registered Relationships Advice

Family Law December 16, 2015

QLD Registered Relationships Advice

Whilst the issue of marriage remains a matter for the Federal Parliament, the particular issue of whether or not to amend the legislation to permit same sex marriage remains a hot topic that has not so far seen any legislative change. The Queensland Parliament has not been so slow to move in this area. The state Parliament passed legislation in 2011, the Relationships Act 2011 (QLD) which enabled couples to…

Need a Lawyer this Christmas?

Family Law December 16, 2015

Need a Lawyer this Christmas?

Yes, its that time of year again when all those feelings and concerns suddenly reappear. Are you traveling overseas and forgotten to contact your Lawyer about updating your Will or Enduring Power of Attorney?  Do you have a Will at all? What about those family problems that always seem to become acuter at Christmas. Have you finally decided that 2016 will be the year that you do make good on…

Aylward Game Holiday Trading Hours

Articles December 8, 2015

Aylward Game Holiday Trading Hours

Our office is closed for the Christmas period from midday 24 December 2015 until 8:30am 4 January 2016 Whilst we will be checking messages over this period, please note that our appointments made after midday on December 24th 2015 will not be seen until after the New Year start on January 4th 2016. Please note over the Christmas break, we will be checking emails and telephone messages. However, despite an…

7 Things to Make Your Conveyancing Easier (For You!!)

Articles Conveyancing December 6, 2015

7 Things to Make Your Conveyancing Easier (For You!!)

Our resident Conveyancing Solicitor Mark Kenny gives some tips on ensuring a smooth property transaction every single time. THE OLD DOCK PILOTS When I was growing up I used to love going to the dock area in my home town of Southampton (no pommy cricket jokes please !!) and watch the dock pilots guide large vessels, including the large cruise liners, through the dock’s waters and past the hidden obstacles that…

Partner Has Secret Recordings?

Family Law December 1, 2015

Partner Has Secret Recordings?

The impact of new technologies can be seen in many areas of life, and this includes the arena of family law. It seems that almost everyone has a mobile phone these days, and most of these phones are capable of making audio or video recordings. In addition, miniaturized recording devices are also readily available at a modest cost. This has in turn frequently led to parties involved in family law…

Watching the Detectives – Elvis Costello Didn’t Do A Song about Judges

Courts November 1, 2015

Watching the Detectives – Elvis Costello Didn’t Do A Song about Judges

Independence That is the one word that forms the bedrock of our judicial system. Judges must be seen to be independent, and actually be independent. Appointment to the bench necessarily curtails the judge’s social life. As the old saying goes – it is lonely at the top. In Lewis v Judge Ogden (1984) 153 CLR 682, a naughty Melbourne Barrister found himself fronting the High Court for the following football…

Surrogacy Arrangements in Australia

Family Law October 31, 2015

Surrogacy Arrangements in Australia

The recent story in the Sydney Morning Herald highlighting the emergence of a number of clinics in Cambodia apparently operating commercial surrogacy arrangements has reminded us of the ongoing debate about surrogacy arrangements in Australia. This debate was prominent in the media around the so called baby Gammy case, where an Australian couple had commissioned a surrogacy arrangement in Thailand. The surrogate mother was pregnant with twins, one of which…

A High Old Time at Magistrates Court

Articles Courts Criminal Law October 30, 2015

A High Old Time at Magistrates Court

Our Special Counsel, Mr Sara, was commissioned to act as an associate of a long-standing client in Murwillumbah Local Magistrates Court, far North Eastern NSW. The client, a company director, had been charged with drive whilst disqualified by Court order. Serious stuff – it is a contempt of Court. Anyway, the Red SS commodore was called into action and 200km later our Special Counsel rolled through the lush green fields…

Looking For A Law Job? The Fate Of Young Lawyers

Articles Courts October 9, 2015

Looking For A Law Job? The Fate Of Young Lawyers

What is the fate of young lawyers? Recently, Aylward Game advertised for a para-legal. In its wake were very few para-legals applying, but instead there were  law graduates and recently admitted legal practitioners. The firm specified that the role was unlikely to advance to a Solicitor’s role in the foreseeable future and they lined up in their droves. Our Special Counsel fancies himself as a bit of a country cook…

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