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E-bikes and Children: What does the Law say?

By |2024-06-12T01:03:47+00:00June 12th, 2024|LEGAL NEWS|

The recent popularity of electric bikes, especially among children, raises the question as to how its use is regulated on NSW roads. Powered with rechargeable batteries, e-bikes assist pedalling to help users ride faster than a traditional bicycle, while helping to manage hills easier and travel longer distances without feeling as tired. Bicycles must meet the requirements of a permitted e-bike to be legally used [...]

Purchasing an Existing Business

By |2024-06-12T01:01:30+00:00June 12th, 2024|COMMERCIAL LAW|

Purchasing a business involves various legal complexities that must be navigated carefully to ensure a smooth transition and mitigate potential risks. Some of the main considerations are outlined below: 1. Due Diligence: This process involves investigating the financial, operational, and legal aspects of the business to assess identifying potential risks. Purchasers should review financial statements, contracts, leases, intellectual property rights, and any existing legal disputes [...]

Mediation in Family Law Matters

By |2024-05-15T03:25:35+00:00May 15th, 2024|FAMILY LAW|

Since the introduction of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (which replaced the previous Family Court system in 2021) there has been a greater focus on trying to resolve a dispute through mediation before approaching the Court and also once parties are participating in the Court system. It is now a requirement that parties attempt to engage in a dispute resolution process such [...]

Should a vendor accept a Deposit of less than 10% on a Property Sale?

By |2024-05-15T03:23:12+00:00May 15th, 2024|PROPERTY LAW|

Ordinarily a purchaser of a property is required to pay a 10% deposit when a contract is exchanged and then the balance of the purchase price is payable on settlement. It is becoming more common that purchasers are requesting to pay a 5% deposit on exchange rather than a 10% deposit.  These requests are being made for a variety of reasons.  For example,  a purchaser [...]

New fair work laws applying to fixed term contracts

By |2024-04-17T01:48:43+00:00April 17th, 2024|LEGAL NEWS|

There are new laws which will apply to fixed term contracts entered into from 6 December 2023. The new law requires employers to give any employee engaged on a new fixed term contract a Fixed Term Contract Information Statement (FTCIS). The FTCIS will be available to download from the Fair Work website from 6 December 2023. There are also new limitations on when fixed term [...]

Tips to Reduce Your Legal Fees

By |2024-04-17T01:32:25+00:00April 17th, 2024|LEGAL NEWS|

No matter what type of issue you engage a lawyer to assist you with, there are ways to minimize the legal fees that will inevitably arise. Set out below, in no particular order, are some of the best ways to reduce legal fees and get the most out of your relationship with your lawyer. Be as organized as possible. Even if you are not a [...]

Navigating Practical Completion: Understanding the Home Building Act 1989 NSW

By |2024-03-13T04:35:23+00:00March 13th, 2024|PROPERTY LAW|

Understanding the key milestone of Practical Completion during home building works is essential for both homeowners and builders alike, marking the point at which a project is deemed finished and triggering important legal implications. Practical Completion Defined: Practical Completion is a term used to signify that a building project has reached a stage where it is fit for occupation and use for its intended purpose [...]

Informal Wills – What are they?

By |2024-03-13T04:27:50+00:00March 13th, 2024|ESTATE LAW|

It goes almost without saying that every adult should have in place an up to date formal Will as well as an Enduring Power of Attorney and an Enduring Appointment of Guardianship. The Will operates after death to ensure that the wishes of the person are followed regarding assets. The Power of Attorney and the Guardianship documents operate during the life of the person to [...]

Damages claims for common property in disrepair

By |2024-02-14T01:26:37+00:00February 14th, 2024|PROPERTY LAW|

It is well known that an owners corporation is responsible for repairing and maintaining its common property in strata lots. If they fail to do so, a lot owner has the right to bring a claim for damages arising from any reasonably foreseeable loss that occurs as a result (such as loss in rental income). It is important that lot owners are aware of the [...]

The Family Law Amendment Act 2023

By |2024-02-14T01:20:30+00:00February 14th, 2024|FAMILY LAW|

The Family Law Amendment Act 2023 (Cth), assented to on 6 November 2023, brings significant changes to the law in relation to parenting and the way in which the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (the Court) will determine parenting disputes.  Most of the changes to the law will apply from 6 May 2024. The government says it is aimed at making ‘Australia’s family [...]

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