Family Law Orders can counteract Fake Transactions  Under Section 106B of the Family Law Act, the Family Law Courts have power to set aside, cancel (or restrain) the making of a transaction by a party to proceedings, which is made or proposed to be made to  defeat the interest...

Fraud upon the elderly is becoming more and more widespread and sophisticated. Presently there does not appear to be any unified Australian legislation which protects older people from this type of abuse.   In a 2011 study conducted by the Crime Research Centre of the University of...

WILLS AND FAMILY AGREEMENTS: WHAT CAN GO WRONG There are a significant number of generous parents these days who purchase properties for their adult children based on family "understandings" that are never recorded, only verbal. The agreement varies from family to family and can include arrangements anywhere from...

The New Personal Properties Securities Act 2009 (PPSA) explained   How can you check ownership of goods for business sale? What is PPSA?   The PPSA is legislation which changes the way security interests in personal property are dealt with across Australia.    The PPSA rewrites the law on traditional securities...

Starting or Buying a New Business- Which Structure?   WHAT IS THE BEST LEGAL STRUCTURE FOR A START UP BUSINESS? The importance of getting your structure right when buying or starting up a small business cannot be underestimated.  For example, there are capital gains tax concessions which are...

Intervention Orders - What to do if you are served with one Breaching an intervention order is a criminal offence, with a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment or a fine up to $24,000, or both Many intervention order matters will arise out of a related...

The top 8 myths of separation Many of our clients come to see us with incorrect assumptions about their rights, and their ex- spouse's rights after separation. To help you understand the process, we have put together a list of the top 8 myths of separation...

Legal principles applying to family violence: The family law presumption of “equal shared parental responsibility”, does not apply in cases where there is child abuse or family violence The requirement that people attend mediation does not apply if there is family violence or abuse A fear or apprehension...

We are living too long for the kids to wait for their money The average life expectancy of people has increased by 25 years over the past century. As a result of people living longer, next of kin are likely not to inherit from their parents...

What are the new laws about children?  Changes to ’the Family Law Act 1975′ made in 2006 include: the introduction of a new presumption of shared parental responsibility a new way for the court to determine what is in the best interests of a child a focus on parenting plans to...

  When should you use a mortgage broker? The main difference between a mortgage broker and a single lender (bank) is that the mortgage broker is a free agent that deals with mortgage products of many different types of lenders but is not necessarily aligned with any...