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New Years Resolution

Wills and Estate Planning December 19, 2012

New Years Resolution

Whilst many of us will make a New Years Resolution to lose weight or undertake more exercise Aylward Game solicitors are urging us to exercise our minds in the New year and review and if necessary up date our Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics there were nearly 147,000 deaths registered in Australia in 2011. Whilst it may be an uncomfortable topic for…

How Can Legal Costs Get So High?

Family Law December 18, 2012

How Can Legal Costs Get So High?

The Daily Telegraph Newspaper in the United Kingdom is reporting on a Family Law case similar to the recent reports of a case in South Australia where the legal costs incurred were entirely out of proportion to the issues in dispute. According to the Daily Telegraph, the English Court of Appeal has refused to increase the amount awarded to the husband Mr. Alyami. In the original decision Mr. Alyami was…

Where Family Law and Estates Intersect

Family Law December 13, 2012

Where Family Law and Estates Intersect

Where Family Law and Estates Intersect The recent Canadian case of Carrigan v Carrigan’s Estate is a timely reminder of the need to ensure that we all keep our financial affairs in order, particularly when there have been changes in our family circumstances. In this Canadian case Mr. Carrigan passed away leaving a DeFacto partner with whom he had been living at the time of his death but also a…

Husbands Should Be Nice To Their Mother-In-Law

Family Law November 30, 2012

Husbands Should Be Nice To Their Mother-In-Law

If the Comedians are to be believed, the chances of a husband getting on well with his mother-in-law are nearly zero. But if the psychologists are to be believed, he really should try. According to researchers in the USA at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, Husbands who get on well with their in-laws have a 20% higher chance of avoiding divorce than the average. In contrast to…

Civil Partnerships Become Registered Relationships

Family Law July 6, 2012

Civil Partnerships Become Registered Relationships

The Civil Partnerships Act 2012 was one of the last pieces of legislation passed by the previous session of Parliament, and it was very quickly amended by the Civil Partnerships and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2012, which was one of the first peices of legislation passed by the new session of Parliament. There are three particular changes introduced by the later Act. First of all the phrase Civil Partnership has…

Altruistic Surrogacy Update

Family Law July 6, 2012

Altruistic Surrogacy Update

There has been considerable media interest and reporting on the issue of altruistic surrogacy in recent times, following the announcement of an intention to amend the 2010 Surrogacy Act by the recently elected State Government. So far no proposed legislation has been published and so the legislation remains unaltered, (as at 6th July 2012). Aylward Game Solicitors continue to offer legal advice in respect of Altruistic Surrogacy. With the prospect…

Stamp Duty Concession Returns

Property Law July 6, 2012

Stamp Duty Concession Returns

From 1st July 2012 the Transfer Duty {stamp duty} concession for a home which is the occupier's principal place of residence has been reintroduced. This is a welcome reduction in the cost of buying a home. This returns the arrangements to those which applied up until 1st August 2011. There are some conditions, which include a requirement that the property is occupied as the principal place of residence within 12…

Altruistic Surrogacy in Queensland

Family Law March 14, 2012

Altruistic Surrogacy in Queensland

Since July 2010 Altruistic Surrogacy has been a possibility in Queensland. Whilst the Surrogacy Act allows Altruistic Surrogacy, a Commercial Surrogacy arrangement remains illegal in Queensland. It is also illegal for a Queensland resident to enter a Commercial Surrogacy arrangement even if they do so outside of Queensland.  This point was highlighted in 2011 when a Family Court judge referred more than one case to the Director of Public Prosecutions…

Queensland Civil Partnership Act 2011

Family Law March 8, 2012

Queensland Civil Partnership Act 2011

The Civil Partnerships Act 2011 (Qld) came into force on the 23 February 2012 and from that date it is possible for Queenslanders to register a civil partnership. To register a civil partnership in Queensland the two people must be adults, not married or already in a registered civil partnership and at least one of them must live in Queensland and must have done so for at least 6 months…

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