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Testamentary Trusts

A Testamentary Trust is a very effective estate planning tool to provide for children and grandchildren, and in 2015, is becoming more and more popular. So what is a Testamentary Trust? It is used to describe what is usually a Discretionary Family Trust established under a will. Why is it…

Does your privacy policy comply with the privacy laws?

New privacy laws were introduced in March 2014, the laws known as the Australian Privacy Principles are a new set of privacy principles affecting the handling of personal information. If you have a website privacy policy you should review it for compliance with the privacy The aim of the new…

Special Conditions – avoiding conveyancing traps

Conveyancing is the process involving the transfer of legal title of real property from one person to another. The conveyancing process is designed to ensure that the buyer obtains a good and marketable title to the property together with all the rights that run with the property and is notified of any restrictions or rights…

What to do after a family separation and pending divorce

Do you have a friend or relative who has just separated?  If so, the information below should help. What is meant by separation? Separation in Family Law is defined as the bringing to an end of a marriage or de facto relationship (which also includes same sex couples). There is…

E-conveyancing the way of the future

For the past 150 years when completing a property settlement it has been necessary for lawyers and banks to meet up to check and swap documents and bank cheques. The party that ended up with the documents then had to lodge them at the Land Registry and notify government authorities…

Important things to consider when buying a business

If you are considering buying a business there are many things you need to do from a legal, financial and general business perspective. Getting the right advice from the start is important. The structure of and issues involved in the sale are quite different if you are buying the business…