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Financial Year! A Reminder for Property and Conveyancing Clients with Existing Matters

Conveyancing Property Law June 19, 2014

Financial Year! A Reminder for Property and Conveyancing Clients with Existing Matters

The end of financial year is approaching us, and as anticipated the Land Registry (titles office) fees and most property search costs will increase commencing the 1st July 2014.  We have an updated list available for all Land Registry fees applying from the 1st July 2014, however updated property search costs will not be available to us until the new financial year kicks in. What does this mean for you?…

What to Look For During Pre-Settlement (Final) Inspection

Property Law May 1, 2014

What to Look For During Pre-Settlement (Final) Inspection

Under a standard REIQ Contract for the purchase of residential property Buyers are entitled to one pre-settlement inspection. Ideally as a Buyer you will want to arrange for the inspection with either the real estate agent (or in the event of no agent, the Seller direct) to occur once tenants have moved out (if applicable) and either first thing on the morning of settlement or as close to the settlement…

Installment Contracts – Applying For the First Home Owner Grant

Property Law April 1, 2014

Installment Contracts – Applying For the First Home Owner Grant

At Aylward Game Solicitors we offer experienced advice and tailored document preparation in relation to Instalment Contracts and various types of Option Agreements. Unlike standard REIQ contracts for the sale of residential houses, units or land where settlement generally occurs within a short period of time and occupation is taken on completion of the contract, Instalment Contracts generally run for an extended period of time and occupation is taken at…

Family Law around the World

Family Law February 18, 2014

Family Law around the World

There are a wide variety of different Family Law systems in place around the world. British Columbia in Canada has introduced a new possibility that we have not come across before. British Columbia’s Family Law Act, which came into effect in March 2013, has made it possible for a child to have more than two parents listed on their official Birth Certificate. The first such Birth Certificate has now been…

Altruistic Surrogacy

Family Law February 18, 2014

Altruistic Surrogacy

The Surrogacy Act in Queensland has been on the statute books since 2010 and a number of Parentage Orders have now been made pursuant to that Act. The requirements set out in the Act, need to be strictly complied with. Whilst the arrangements in the United Kingdom regarding surrogacy are more piecemeal and there has not been a new Act of Parliament in the UK addressing this issue for nearly…

Engins Marbles – 50% Each

Family Law February 6, 2014

Engins Marbles – 50% Each

There have been a number of media reports recently regarding the decision in a Family Law Property Settlement case known as Elgin –v- Elgin. The case seems to have attracted some media publicity because after separation from his wife, the husband had remarried to a much younger woman and had another child. In this case the couple had a substantial amount of wealth with the total property pool being assessed…

Contract Obligations as an Owner Builder

Property Law February 6, 2014

Contract Obligations as an Owner Builder

Brief Summary of the Building Services Authority (‘BSA’) and Owner Builders The Queensland Building Services Authority Act 1991 (‘QBSA Act’) provides that a person is required to obtain an Owner Builder permit if they wish to perform building work on their own property (either to construct a new home or alter/renovate an existing home) to a value of $11,000.00 or more. Building work completed to a value under $11,000.00 is…

Diy Will Kits

Wills and Estate Planning January 28, 2014

Diy Will Kits

The importance of engaging a properly qualified and experienced Solicitor to undertake your Estate Planning Review and prepare your Will is well illustrated by the Supreme Court of Queensland decision in the case known as in the Will of Ethel Florence Panigas (deceased) and in the Will of John William Panigas (deceased). In that case Mr and Mrs Panigas had made valid Wills in 2003 by appointing Solicitors to undertake…

Property Contract Termination

Conveyancing January 28, 2014

Property Contract Termination

A case before QCAT has recently confirmed that the fee for terminating a property purchase contract during the cooling off period (which is 0.25% of the total contract price) is payable by the proposed Purchaser to the Seller if the seller requires payment even if the proposed purchaser has not paid a deposit. The proposed Purchaser had signed an REIQ Contract of Sale for a property on the Gold Coast.…

Is the Immunisation of Children a Special Medical Procedure?

Family Law January 16, 2014

Is the Immunisation of Children a Special Medical Procedure?

The decision as to whether or not to immunise children appears to be increasingly being argued in the Family Courts between separated parents. There have been a number of cases in the last few months in which this question has been decided for the parents by the Court in circumstances where one parent wishes to vaccinate the children and the other parent objects. In January 2014 we understand another case…

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