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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…

What Is A Caveat And Do You Need One?
Aylward Game Solicitors
September 30, 2016

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…

Is The Bar Marginalising Mediators?
Aylward Game Solicitors
September 27, 2016

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…

Are the Legal Services Commission (LSC) taking you to QCAT?
Aylward Game Solicitors
September 5, 2016

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…

Entering Into A Financial Agreement? Don’t Get Sold Short!
Aylward Game Solicitors
July 6, 2016

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…

Book Free 20 Minute Brisbane Lawyer Case Evaluation
Aylward Game Solicitors
June 8, 2016

  If you have a matter that is on the horizon and wish to seek clarity then please consider our free 20-minute Brisbane lawyer appointment with Aylward Game Solicitors. Free 20 Minute Lawyer Appointment Contact United Service Club Level 4, 183 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane QLD 4001 Free: 1800 217 217 Phone: 07 3236 0001 Fax: 07 3236 0005…

5 Common Family Law Myths
Aylward Game Solicitors
April 29, 2016

Our family lawyers chime in on their top 5 family law myths that you may not know about... A Couple need to live together for 6 months to qualify as a de facto relationship. We hear this one a lot, and we don’t know where it comes from! The Family Law Act says that in…

Discrimination On Public Transport
Aylward Game Solicitors
April 20, 2016

BACKGROUND Crime, particularly against women traveling for both work and pleasure, is a well-known and unpleasant issue that has been an unfortunate aspect of the public transport scene in most capital cities for many years. A recent survey has noted 2,859 criminal offenses against women on public transport, including almost 19 sexual offenses, since September…

Administrative Remedies
Aylward Game Solicitors
March 8, 2016

There are three branches of Government, namely: Parliament; The Courts; and The Executive. Parliament writes the laws, the Courts interpret them and the Executive enforces these laws. Perhaps it is an influence of American Television that we are programmed the only way to resolve our legal problems is via litigation.  This is often the answer…

Watching the Detectives – Elvis Costello Didn’t Do A Song about Judges
Aylward Game Solicitors
November 1, 2015

Independence That is the one word that forms the bedrock of our judicial system. Judges must be seen to be independent, and actually be independent. Appointment to the bench necessarily curtails the judge’s social life. As the old saying goes – it is lonely at the top. In Lewis v Judge Ogden (1984) 153 CLR…