Estate and succession law is built on one central pillar: preparedness. We draft wills to ensure our loved ones receive our assets when we cannot distribute them ourselves, and we sign Enduring Powers of Attorney so that in the event we cannot make decisions, someone we trust can. The lesser discussed Advance Health Directive (AHD) is yet another example of preparing for the unknown. Continue reading Advance Health Directives: What you need to know
There has been some commentary in relation to the imprisonment of Parties embroiled in the Family Law system. Recently, the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia overruled a decision where a Father had been ordered to serve a term of imprisonment for 12 months for failing, refusing or neglecting to provide full and frank disclosure in a property matter. Continue reading Imprisonment In Family Law Matters
The Australian Government introduced draft legislation in October 2018 to modernise the Australian business registers and to provide a legal framework for director identification numbers (DIN). Continue reading The Introduction Of Director Identification Numbers
For most members of the general population, the Australian Government’s new online health database will simply be a convenient centralised electronic catalogue, containing patients’ information and histories, available for access by authorized health professionals. The My Health Record system, which is opt-out Continue reading My Health Record: Potential safety risks for victims of domestic violence
The convenience and flexibility of split-payment arrangements are very enticing for many Australian shoppers. “Buy now, pay later” services such as Afterpay, ZipMoney and Ourpay offer retail consumers the ability to take home items instantly and pay them off in four fortnightly, interest-free instalments. Continue reading How Does Afterpay Make Money?
As of 1 January 2019, separated partners who have initiated proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court in relation to their parenting or property matters may seek a Judicial Mediation.
This means that a judge may act as a mediator on a matter which is not in their docket. Continue reading Judicial Mediation for Family Law Matters
The lines dividing the roles of employee and independent contractor are becoming increasingly blurred.
Organisations reliant on the label of the latter to protect them from employer obligations such as minimum wage, superannuation and leave entitlements are now facing the pressure of discerning ‘substance not form’ debate. Workers from various sectors, particularly within the gig economy (think Uber and Foodora), are campaigning against the unsupportive working conditions they face as independent contractors. Continue reading The Rise and Fall of Sham Contracting
According to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, nearly half of all Australians die without a valid will, or ‘intestate’.
The legal and procedural complications that can arise in the event of intestacy can be both costly and time-consuming. Continue reading What Happens If I Die Without A Will?
Effective from 1 July 2018, the Federal Government has amended the GST law with respect to the sale of residential property. If you are selling:
1. New residential premises; or
2. Potential residential land, Continue reading GST On The Sale Of Residential Property – Another Tax On Sellers
Don’t Litigate, Mediate!
One of the misconceptions about the law that some people may have is that the courts are often the only forum through which disputes can be settled within our legal system. This is most definitely not the case. Continue reading Advantages of Mediation