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Ribbon Day 2020 – Walk For Respectful Relationships

By |2020-11-11T00:50:54+00:00November 11th, 2020|NEWS|

On Friday, 20 November 2020 our office is supporting White Ribbon Day and participating in the Walk for Respectful Relationships. Having a large family law practice serving Sydney and the NSW South Coast for 50 years we are well aware of the impact on society that domestic violence has and the need to address this through both education and support. We are always here to [...]

Estate Planning: Proprietary Estoppel & Wills

By |2020-11-04T22:19:52+00:00November 4th, 2020|ESTATE LAW|

The very recent case of Moore v Aubusson [2020] NSWSC 1466 illustrates the dangers of not making your testamentary plans clear and in writing during your lifetime. It was found that a verbal promise made by Ms Barbara Murphy (deceased) to her neighbours prior to her death substantially supplanted the contents of her Will. The promise resulted in the transfer of two properties on Louisa [...]

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) Exemption for Granny Flats

By |2020-11-04T04:34:07+00:00November 4th, 2020|PROPERTY LAW|

Expected to start from 1 July 2021, a homeowner will no longer have to pay capital gains tax “CGT” for the creation, variation or termination of a formal written granny flat arrangement that accommodates the elderly, typically family members or people with disabilities. A principal place of residence is exempt from CGT, whereas investment properties are subject to tax on any capital gains on sale [...]

What happens to my children if I die? – Appointing a testamentary guardian

By |2020-10-14T22:13:46+00:00October 14th, 2020|FAMILY LAW|

What is a testamentary guardian? A testamentary guardian is someone who is appointed to provide daily care and responsibility for your children and to make decisions about your children's long term care, welfare and development in the event that one or both of the child's parents pass away.  A testamentary guardian generally has the same types of powers, rights and duties as a natural parent [...]

The Preparation of Evidence for Use in Sentencing in NSW Under Section 21 of The Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act

By |2020-10-14T22:08:34+00:00October 14th, 2020|CRIMINAL LAW|

What is the content of Section 21? Section 21 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act, 1999, gives power to the court to reduce the term of imprisonment or the fine payable by an offender. The section gives the court discretion to award a sentence that is less severe than the maximum penalty. When does the court use section 21 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act, [...]

The Enforcability of a Verbal Agreement

By |2020-09-09T01:52:57+00:00September 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|

What are verbal agreements? A contract is an agreement entered by two or more persons with the intention of being legally bound. Verbal agreements are agreements made between persons based on spoken words. In order to be legally binding, a verbal agreement must have all the necessary features of a contract, including: Valid offer and acceptance of the terms of contractIntention to create a legally [...]

New Laws to Increase Community Confidence in the Construction Industry

By |2020-09-09T01:53:13+00:00September 4th, 2020|LEGAL NEWS, PROPERTY LAW|

Introduction The NSW Government has recently passed 2 pieces of legislation with the objective to increase confidence of the community in the construction industry. DBP Act The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) (“DBP Act”) was enacted on 10 June 2020 and it introduces a statutory duty of care to benefit owners of land and provides for methods to regulate design and building work, [...]

Suburban Trees, Neighbours and Disputes

By |2020-08-14T00:27:31+00:00August 14th, 2020|PROPERTY LAW|

For quite a few months now we have been receiving enquiries in relation to neighbourhood disputes. Is it because we are all home a lot more or do you think people have lost the ability to talk to one another?  Whilst it is easy to urge you to be friendly with your neighbours as it is much easier if everyone gets along and it also [...]

Witnessing of Legal Documents during COVID-19 Pandemic

By |2020-08-14T00:28:28+00:00August 12th, 2020|LEGAL NEWS|

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a number of measures taken nationwide to ensure that documents such as Wills, Enduring Guardians, Powers of Attorney, Affidavits and Statutory Declarations are witnessed correctly. These measures give individuals the ability to have their documents witnessed remotely via audio visual link (“AVL”) to reduce the need for face-to-face interactions. The following outlines the current stance of [...]

Resolving Family Law Matters Without Court Proceedings

By |2020-07-16T03:51:37+00:00July 16th, 2020|FAMILY LAW|

This year the Family Law Courts announced that 2,000 cases nationally have been in the court system for over 18 months.  The current time from filing documents in the Federal Circuit Court or Family Court of Australia (the Family Law Courts) to attending an interim hearing can be as long as 6 months or more even for matters considered urgent.  For a final hearing the [...]