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Separation and Divorce

Whether it be after a period of two months or 25 years, splitting from the person you once saw as your life partner is never easy. In this post we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common questions clients ask us when beginning the process of divorce.

Posted: 28/10/2015 1:51:23 PM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments

Tackling Misconceptions About Property Settlement After Divorce

Even amongst all the anger and sadness that follows a divorce the greatest feelings of injustice are often stirred during the property settlement process. In truth a lot of this is caused by people’s misunderstanding of what they can expect to receive, both in terms of money and material possessions. To make sure you’re not left reeling have a look through our list of property entitlement myths and the facts behind them.

Posted: 23/10/2015 12:23:10 PM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Family Law

My partner has removed our children from my care and is refusing to give them back. What can I do?

Having your child removed from your care is any parent’s worst nightmare. Not only does it cause great emotional stress but can also bring intense feelings of anger and resentment towards your partner. In this post we outline the processes and guidelines that are in place to deal with such situations effectively.

Posted: 6/10/2015 9:52:03 AM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Family Law

Getting To Grips With Bankruptcy In Family Law Matters

Family Law and Bankruptcy are two elements of law that are frequently brought together in overlapping matters. Very often, this forms a complex and overwhelming amount of legislation. Whether you are experiencing financial difficulties at home or are separating from a partner, a solid understanding of the Bankruptcy Act and Family Law Act will make the process much easier for all parties.

Posted: 2/10/2015 12:39:38 PM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments

Family Violence And The Family Court

Family violence is defined as behaviour that is violent or threatening, coerces or controls another family member or causes them to be fearful. There are many different types of violence and not all are physical. In this post we outline some examples of behaviours that constitute family violence.

Posted: 1/09/2015 1:06:25 PM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Family Law

I Have Separated From My Partner With Children, What is My Next Step?

Separating from a partner can be an extremely challenging time and having to make a decision on the future of your children only adds to the strong emotions that are involved. It is essential to communicate with your ex throughout the process and with the help of a family law mediator you can reach an agreement that both parties will see as fair. 

Posted: 26/08/2015 12:50:48 PM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments

Succession Planning in Family Business

Planning for the future of your business after you have left can be fraught with difficult decisions. Successfully passing the company to your children will take time but there are several family business succession planning strategies that are designed to make the transition as smooth as possible. No two companies are the same but by taking these 5 steps now you can save time and money and help assure the continued success of your business.

Posted: 17/08/2015 9:22:37 AM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments

How to Deal with Debt as a Business

No business owner wants to consider the possibility that their enterprise could go bankrupt, but when times get financially tough it can seem like the easiest and quickest solution. Bankruptcy, however, comes with its own set of pitfalls and is not a decision that should be taken lightly. We’ve put together the key things to consider when considering bankruptcy as an option.

Posted: 14/07/2015 9:37:22 AM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments

Shareholder Agreements - Your Business Prenuptials

Although a shareholders’ agreement, much like a prenuptial agreement, can engender a feeling of lack of trust, it is an effective way of ensuring a fair outcome for all parties in the case of unforeseen circumstances later on. Read this post for more information on shareholder agreements.

Posted: 15/06/2015 10:10:36 AM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Business Law, Contract Law

When Can a Contract be Terminated?

If a contract is silent on termination, it can be terminated for breach at common law. Read this post to find out when a contract can be terminated.

Posted: 21/05/2015 10:43:40 AM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Business Law, Contract Law

Landlord and Tenant Rights and Laws

In a High Court case in April 2009, Tabcorp Holdings Ltd v Bowen Investments Pty Ltd, Court found that the tenant had breached its lease by altering the landlord’s premises without consent and was ordered to pay damages of $1.38 million for doing so. Read further about this High Court decision and information regarding landlord and tenant rights.

Posted: 13/05/2015 10:41:24 AM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Contract Law, Property Law

Your Guide to Understanding Australian Consumer Law

The new consumer laws put into place on 1 January 2011 have a huge impact to you as a retailer or manufacturer of goods and services. The laws apply to both retailers and manufacturers of the actual product. We outline your rights, responsibilities and obligations in this post as well as the 'Nine Guarantees for Goods' which must accompany all goods and services.

Posted: 7/05/2015 1:48:27 PM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Consumer Law

Why Do Company Directors Need a Will?

We know that difficulties often arise when someone dies without leaving a personal will. Their estate and finances cannot be efficiently transferred to dependents, leaving them to endure a lengthy period before either the State or Territory Public Trustee steps in to manage the situation. But when someone who is the sole director and shareholder of a company dies without leaving a will the complications and distress caused can have an even greater impact. Read further to find out what can happen if a company director dies without leaving a will.

Posted: 5/05/2015 10:07:16 AM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments

Your Guide to the Regulations Surrounding Termination of Contracts

One of the most common situations that anyone involved in business might encounter is that of having to terminate a contract. There are a number of reasons why this situation might arise, and it is important to know where you stand legally when this occurs. Here is your guide as to the regulations surrounding the termination of contracts.

Posted: 16/04/2015 9:05:09 AM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Business Law, Contract Law

Can Out of Hours Behaviour Result in Termination of Employment?

While out of hours behaviour can in some circumstances result in termination of employment, it is by no means a given that criminal offences are grounds for the termination of employment. Read this post to discover three things an employer needs to do in order to avoid an unfair dismissal claim.

Posted: 14/04/2015 9:43:53 AM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Employment Law

Consumer Protection From Door to Door Sales

In an age when internet companies sneak all sorts of terms and conditions behind that all too easy to click ‘Agree’ button, and we are bombarded with ads through our devices at all times of the day, there might seem something innocent and even nostalgic about the good old-fashioned door to door salesman. Not so, it turns out. There are laws in place regarding door to door sales and you should be aware of your rights. Read this post to find out more!

Posted: 1/04/2015 12:05:38 PM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Consumer Law, Contract Law

Succession Planning In Business

Are you prepared for the worst? With the multiple day to day tasks and decisions involved in running your own business, thoughts of what would happen to it all in the event of your death are likely to be the furthest thing from your mind. However, some time spent considering this scenario can save your loved ones a great deal of time and stress should the worst happen.

Posted: 31/03/2015 3:34:37 PM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments

The Wisdom of Writing a Will

Followers of our Facebook page will have noted the story last week of the court battle between an estranged wife and her deceased husband’s family after he failed to update his will. Read further to find out how this costly and time consuming process could have been avoided.

Posted: 26/03/2015 10:00:17 AM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Estate Planning

Investment Scams and Fraud

There have been a worrying amount of cases in recent years of investors falling foul to scams offering higher-than-usual returns, using high-pressure sales tactics to convince people to sign up to investment schemes without reading the small print. Read these tips on avoiding investment fraud.

Posted: 25/03/2015 11:30:02 AM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments

Company Director Responsibilities

Staying Legal - find out how to make sure your company is operating within the law and the responsibilities of a company director.

Posted: 19/03/2015 10:45:28 AM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Business Law, Criminal Law

Protect Your Investment With a Shareholders Agreement

It might a surprise you to learn that there is no such thing as a “standard” shareholder agreement. While the Corporations Act and a company’s constitution do provide a basis for a shareholder agreement, they by no means cover all areas, and very rarely provide protection for the personal rights of the shareholders.

Posted: 16/03/2015 12:36:19 PM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Business Law, Contract Law

Terms and Conditions – are you in danger of a nasty surprise?

You should insist on the signing of these terms and conditions prior to commencing any business transaction. Learn more…

Posted: 11/03/2015 4:03:48 PM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Business Law, Contract Law

"You have the right to remain silent"... or do you?

You have the right to remain silent" - This silent is a legal right recognised, explicitly or by convention, in many of the world's legal systems. However, unlike in America, where the right to remain silent or ‘Miranda Law’ is protected by the Bill of Rights, in Australia we do not have a Bill of Rights, and recent changes to legislation have meant that our right to remain silent is under threat.

Posted: 3/03/2015 9:42:38 AM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Criminal Law

How To Get Out Of Sexually Transmitted Debt

It has long been common for business owners to make their partner or spouse a director of their company. When done in the right way, this step can have tax benefits for both parties. However, recent changes to the Director Penalty Regime mean that as a director with your partner, you now run the risk of being personally liable and encumbered with sexually transmitted debts should the company run into trouble.

Posted: 26/02/2015 10:46:59 AM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Business Law

Best Tips for Understanding Contracts

The language of contracts isn’t always easy to understand. Following these four simple tips could save you precious time and money in the long term.

Posted: 23/02/2015 12:15:06 PM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Contract Law

New Swimming Pool Regulations for NSW 2015

Selling a Home with a Pool? Be Aware – New regulations for vendors of properties with swimming pools come into effect in April 2015.

Posted: 13/02/2015 9:10:00 AM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Property Law

Choosing The Right Trading Structure When Starting a Small Business

So you’re taking the plunge and starting your own small business. Now it’s time to think about which trading structure is going to be right for you. Read our easy guide to learn about the differences and pros and cons of each of the most common structures.

Posted: 28/01/2015 3:46:18 PM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Business Law

Make Sure You Understand Director Guarantees

The implications of signing a director's guarantee can be far more serious than they Might appear. By signing a director's guarantee, you are essentially offering extra protection should your company be unable to meet its obligations. That means you become personally liable if company runs into financial problems and is unable to pay its debts. Here are some procedures you can follow to minimise your personal risk.

Posted: 4/12/2014 3:29:32 PM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Business Law

Lottery Winnings and Divorce: Can I Get a Slice of the Pie?

Imagine that. You’ve just completed divorce proceedings and your ex-partner announces they’ve won the lottery. Either you’re the unluckiest ex alive, or someone upstairs is trying to tell you something. But wait. They bought the ticket when you were still together. Maybe even with your money. There’s hope right? You might just be entitled to your share.

Posted: 26/11/2014 11:30:45 AM by Kristen Perry | with 0 comments
Filed under: Family Law

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