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Why Should I Review My Will

Wills and Estate Planning October 11, 2013

Why Should I Review My Will

Once we have completed a Will for a client we always advise them to keep the Will under regular review. There are numerous reasons why it might be necessary to amend the terms of your Will, perhaps the most obvious is simply that you change your mind about what you want to happen to your Estate. You may acquire more assets or you may sell some assets, you may wish…

A View on Property

Property Law September 19, 2013

A View on Property

Anyone buying or selling property in Queensland needs to be aware of the provisions of the Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act. The affect of this Act is that anyone who owns a property is entitled to retain the view that exists at the time that they buy it. If that view subsequently becomes obstructed by a tree, on another property (which is more than 2.5 meters tall), then…

Would You Go Guarantor For Your Son or Daughter?

Property Law September 12, 2013

Would You Go Guarantor For Your Son or Daughter?

Congratulations, you paid off your home loan! Your children or child has all grown up and moved out. Now you're looking forward to your retirement. Now its time for your son or daughter to buy their first home or business or real expensive car and the bank will not lend them the money. They say they will not lend them the money unless they have a guarantor. Your son or…

Your Own Solicitor for Life or a One Time Offer

Conveyancing September 10, 2013

Your Own Solicitor for Life or a One Time Offer

When you have decided to buy a home or a house for investment purposes, you will need a conveyancing solicitor. Many people will simply google “Conveyancer” or “Conveyancing solicitor” which will see a large variety in the quality of results that this produces. There are solicitors who as well as attending to your conveyancing can also support you in a range of other legal areas. It can be a concern,…

Mutual Trust and Confidence

Employment Law August 29, 2013

Mutual Trust and Confidence

Some of our other articles have highlighted that the Fair Work Act seems to be forever changing, with new obligations falling on employers as a result of changes to the legislation. The Full Court of the Federal Court has now added to the changing landscape in a decision made in the case of Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Barker. In this case the court held that there is an implied term…

Capital Gains Tax and Overseas Residents

Articles August 13, 2013

Capital Gains Tax and Overseas Residents

Recent changes to the Capital Gains Tax 50% discount regulations mean that Australian residents who have lived overseas or foreign or temporary residents in Australia need to take particular care when calculating any Capital Gains Tax payments that need to be made on any CGT event which occurs after the 8 May 2012. This includes individuals in their own capacity or as beneficiaries of trusts or partners in a partnership.…

Gold City Councils Local Law 17- Potential Rights to Terminate

Property Law August 7, 2013

Gold City Councils Local Law 17- Potential Rights to Terminate

The Local Law 17 which relates to the maintenance works and waterway areas commenced 5 July 2013. Broadly speaking Local Law 17 imposes disclosure requirements for Sellers and provides potential termination rights for Buyers. A useful information sheet has been issued by the Gold Coast City Council (“GCCC”). This may be found at http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/local-law-no-17-maintenance-of-works-in-waterway-areas-2013-information-sheet-16990.html. The information sheet notes that disclosure requirements and potential termination rights relate to “relevant lots” which…

Fair Work Act Changes – Workplace Bullying

Articles August 1, 2013

Fair Work Act Changes – Workplace Bullying

The recent amendments to the Commonwealth Fair Work Act which are intended to address the issue of Workplace bullying have been passed and have been given a date to commence of the 1 January 2014, rather than the 1 July 2013 as had been originally intended. The new provisions in the Fair Work Act enable employees who allege that they have been the subject of bullying in the workplace to…

Preparing Wills and Estate Planning

Preparing Wills and Estate Planning

The rapid recent expansion of internet-based accounts and personal websites creates a new issue to be considered when undertaking the preparation of a Will or planning for the Administration of your Estate. It may well be appropriate for your Executor to access certain online accounts, particularly bank accounts or accounts with financial institutions which may contain assets or record liabilities which the Executor will need to deal with. However, it…

Changes to the Fair Work Act 2009

Articles July 19, 2013

Changes to the Fair Work Act 2009

Changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 which come into force from the 1 January 2014 deal with the right of employees to request flexible working arrangements. The right to request flexible working arrangements will be extended to employees in a variety of new and different circumstances. These will include employees over the age 55, those with caring responsibilities or employees with a disability amongst others. The right to request…

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