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Personal Property Security Register

It is crucial that people who have a security interest in property take it seriously or risk losing their security interests. Many businesses are struggling to understand the implications of the Personal Property Security Register (PPSR). We have provided a simple summary and a timely warning about what to do,…

Family Law Property Settlements

Is a 50/50 split the starting point? Following the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship, it is common for separated parties to be unsure and therefore anxious about their entitlements in a property settlement and the assets they are likely to retain. This is only natural given that…

Understanding a Commercial Lease

When renting business related property it is important for both Landlords and Tenants to understand the relationship they are entering into and the rights and obligations that they each have, the document that governs this relationship is usually a Commercial Lease. So what is a Commercial Lease? A lease is…

Debt recovery basics for business

If you are owed money for goods or services, the first step in attempting to recover it is generally to send a letter of demand to the other party setting out the amount of money outstanding and giving them a defined period of time within which to settle the matter…

Avoiding redundancy traps

Employers can easily fall into dispute with their employees by failing to properly handle redundancies. There is often uncertainty surrounding redundancy, in terms of handling it within the law, as well as cost. Redundancy commonly occurs when a business is sold and a new owner offers jobs to the vendor’s…

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…