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Divorce Peak-hour: Survive The Nights

Divorce Law January 26, 2018

Divorce Peak-hour: Survive The Nights

DID YOU KNOW? January is said to be the busiest time for divorce application - but we also know the peak hour for unhappy couples to decide they want to take the plunge and contact a lawyer. We’ve found "Divorce hour" - the busiest time for online inquiries - is between 12.30 and 1 am, with 16 percent of overnight queries coming during this window, according to one set of…

What to look for in a property contract before you sign

Property Law Vendor Finance January 19, 2018

What to look for in a property contract before you sign

Purchasing or Selling property contract, property lawyer can be an overwhelming experience, particularly if it is your first residential transaction. Even more daunting is being handed a contract from an agent and being asked to sign on the dotted line when a purchaser or seller has little or no experience in what to look for in a contract. We recommend in any case that your solicitor checks the contract prior…

What you should know about same-sex marriage

Family Law January 16, 2018

What you should know about same-sex marriage

Now that Australia has become the 26th country worldwide to legislate to allow same sex marriage, what actual changes will this mean in Australia? Following changes to the Family Law Act that were made in 2008, the Family Courts already had the necessary powers to deal with property settlement disputes between de-facto couples, including same sex couples. Same sex couples were also able to sign Binding Financial Agreements as a…

New laws and changes that affect Australia from January 1, 2018 and beyond

New laws and changes that affect Australia from January 1, 2018 and beyond

From January 1, there is a raft of changes coming to welfare, health, education, housing, gay marriage and many other living expenses. This is what’s coming and how it may affect you and your family across Australia. WELFARE $10 million will be set aside for treatment services for job seekers affected by proposed drug testing trials, despite the pilot program being blocked in the Senate People receiving single parent payments…

What to look for when purchasing an investment property

Property Law January 8, 2018

What to look for when purchasing an investment property

Making the decision to purchase a property, particularly an investment property will be one of the most important purchases you will make. Whilst purchasing and owning an investment property can be a very rewarding experience, there are key items to consider when you make the decision to start your investment journey: Location, Location, Location Consider the location of the property and any amenities close by. To attract a broader range…

PEXA ONLINE SETTLEMENTS

Articles Conveyancing January 5, 2018

PEXA ONLINE SETTLEMENTS

The Conveyancing process is about to get a whole lot simpler. In 2014, the national government implemented a national conveyancing system via Property Exchange Australia or PEXA, an online property exchange system that allows property transactions to go paperless. With PEXA being integrated into most of Australia's major states, the future of online settlements providing paperless and faster conveyancing is just around the corner. Traditionally, the complete conveyancing process can…

RBA Rate unchanged for Christmas

Financial December 8, 2017

RBA Rate unchanged for Christmas

In the lead up to Christmas and the end of another year for 2017, the RBA Rate decision was released on 5th of December remaining unchanged for another month at 1.50%. This is a nice early Christmas present to everyone to everyone as the low rate continues to support the Australian economy. For over 12 months it has been at this low rate. We wonder what 2018 will bring us.…

Law In A Minute November 22, 2017

What is an Easement?

 The easements are rights attached to land, to use other lands in a particular way, that’s somebody else’s land it does not involve. The taking of natural resources or produce from the land, for example, timber or other vegetation or soil. It may, however, prevent the owner of the other land from using that their land in a particular way. So an example of the easement is, where one…

UPDATE! Limited Extension To First Homeowners Grant For New Homes

Property Law October 9, 2017

UPDATE! Limited Extension To First Homeowners Grant For New Homes

UPDATE! The First Homeowners Grant has been extended, but only for a limited time! If you are looking at purchasing your first property, now is the time to act as the First Homeowners Grant has been extended to 31 December 2017 June 30, 2018. First home buyer's approved for the Grant will receive $20,000.00 towards the purchase or build your brand new home. Conditions do apply, however, please see our previous…

A Divorce Lawyer Has Responsibilities Beyond The Courtroom

Divorce Law September 20, 2017

A Divorce Lawyer Has Responsibilities Beyond The Courtroom

For some people who are about to embark on divorce proceedings, they may assume their lawyer is only crucial for court representation. In reality, the dissolution of marriage is a process that comprises numerous moving parts. Thus, your divorce lawyer will have additional responsibilities other than simply being your court representative. Some of the roles that they take on by becoming your lawyer can include being your counselor, your bookkeeper,…

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