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What Is A Caveat And Do You Need One?

Courts Property Law September 30, 2016

What Is A Caveat And Do You Need One?

Introduction to Caveats In Queensland title (ownership) in land (including where applicable, improvements – e.g a house) is determined by registration of your interest with the Land Titles Office, headed by the Registrar of Land Titles. Given the importance of registration, if you have an interest in land that for some reason is not registered there is a risk that another person may register their interest before yours with the…

Is The Bar Marginalising Mediators?

Courts September 27, 2016

Is The Bar Marginalising Mediators?

IN THE NEWS Bar Marginalising Mediators This is the name of an article that appeared in The Australian’s Legal Affairs section on Friday 22 July 2016. Every Barrister when they start out, at least for a fleeting moment, aspire to the exalted rank of Silk. They yearn for those post-nominals, QC (Queens Counsel). Like the armed forces have the SAS, the law has the QC. Perhaps the ambition is so…

How to Save Costs on Your Next Property Conveyancing Transaction

Property Law September 24, 2016

How to Save Costs on Your Next Property Conveyancing Transaction

With Slater + Gordon announcing the closure of their Conveyancing Works division, it is timely that Aylward Game Solicitors have launched their partnership with Nectar mortgage brokers to offer high quality, full service residential conveyancing at a discounted rate. Clients who arrange their finance for the purchase of a home through Nectar and engage Aylward Game Solicitors to undertake their conveyancing will benefit from a reduced cost of conveyancing. As a…

Are the Legal Services Commission (LSC) taking you to QCAT?

Courts Employment Law September 5, 2016

Are the Legal Services Commission (LSC) taking you to QCAT?

SELF REPRESENTATION A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. An important part of the procedure at QCAT is enshrined in section 32 of the Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal 2009 (Qld). This permits proceedings to be conducted ‘on the papers’ without resort to usual court procedures such as witnesses being cross-examined and the like. Quite often legal disciplinary proceedings are conducted pursuant to section 32. This…

Ahead Of The Game in Bridge To Brisbane 2016

Social Media July 22, 2016

Ahead Of The Game in Bridge To Brisbane 2016

IT’S A WHOLE NEW STORY THIS YEAR! Bridge to Brisbane DAY will be the biggest and best yet.  Bridge to Brisbane Day as we know it has been transformed into a DAY for us to celebrate with our friends, family and colleagues. What better way to celebrate all the great things about Brisbane than to participate in either a 10km or 5km run or walk, followed by whatever you wish to do…

Articles Criminal Law July 21, 2016

Baden-Clay At The High Court

It was widely-publicized that on 15 July 2014 Gerard Baden-Clay was convicted by a Supreme Court jury of the murder of his wife, Allison Baden-Clay. On 8 December 2015 the Queensland Court of Appeal set aside the conviction of murder of Mr Baden-Clay and substituted a conviction of manslaughter. (Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being with the intent to kill or do grievous bodily harm, whereas manslaughter…

Entering Into A Financial Agreement? Don’t Get Sold Short!

Courts Financial Litigation July 6, 2016

Entering Into A Financial Agreement? Don’t Get Sold Short!

KEY POINTS FOR ENTERING INTO FINANCIAL AGREEMENTS Some helpful advice if you are considering entering into a Financial Agreement. Financial Agreements under the Family Law legislation are not simple agreements. There are certain requirements which must be complied with if the agreements are to be binding. If these requirements are not properly dealt with the Court will have no hesitation in overturning a Financial Agreement should either you or your…

Home Stamp Duty Concessions Explained

Home Stamp Duty Concessions Explained

HOME STAMP DUTY CONCESSIONS Home Stamp Duty Concessions Explained It was Benjamin Franklin who, in 1789 at the time of the writing of the US Constitution, wrote that “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. Purchasing a new home is one of the most complex opportunities an individual will make in their lifetime and anyone who has recently purchased a house in Queensland…

What You Need To Ask Yourself Before Signing A Guarantee

Financial June 13, 2016

What You Need To Ask Yourself Before Signing A Guarantee

Are You Signing A Guarantee? Ask Yourself these 4 Questions So you’ve been approached by someone waving a wad of papers and asking you to sign them, just as a formality. Naturally you ask what they are and are told “it’s just a guarantee that Bill Smith/Bill Smith Pty Ltd wants so that they will lend me some money/provide me with goods or some similar reason”. WHAT DO YOU DO? First of…

What Was Johnny Depp Thinking?

Divorce Law Family Law June 8, 2016

What Was Johnny Depp Thinking?

WHAT WAS JOHNNY DEPP THINKING? A messy split with Johnny Depp and Amber Heard as reported in ‘New Idea’, just fifteen (15) months after Marriage. Amber filed for Divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences and is seeking spousal support. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="531"] Image Courtesy: Perez Hilton[/caption] As suggested in the article, ‘Johnny had no idea it was coming’. Johnny had no pre-nup in place. A bad oversight on…

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