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Definition of ‘living together’ can also include couples mostly living apart!

6-December-2014 Family Law By Simone Green

A recent case in the Family Court of Australia has determined the need for a de facto couple to clearly communicate with one another when their relationship ends. Cadman & Hallett [2014] FamCAFC 142 (11 August 2014) involved a gay couple who...

New privacy principles impact small business

Commercial Disputes By Evatt Styles

“Privacy is not something that I'm merely entitled to, it's an absolute prerequisite.” – Marlon Brando In 2013, 13 Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) were enacted through the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy protection) Act...

How to ensure your will is valid

Guardianship,Contested Wills By admin

Homemade documents, such as do-it-yourself will kits or handwritten notes, are often inadequate in clearly stipulating what you wish to happen to your assets after you die. A properly laid out and executed will can avoid unintended consequences,...

Executors who fail to collect estate assets can be liable to beneficiaries

Contested Wills By admin

The role of the executors of a will is to identify and collect the assets of the estate and then distribute them according to the will left by the deceased. But what happens if the executors fail to perform their role properly? In the case of Bird v...

ATO permitted to use Family Court documents for tax audit

5-December-2014 Family Law By Simone Green

Usually, documents filed in the Family Court cannot be viewed or used for purposes other than the proceedings before the Court, without express permission by the Court. There exists an ‘implied obligation’ not to make use of these documents...

Drivers face hefty fines for parking illegally in disabled car spaces

3-December-2014 General By Nicholas Satouris

From 1 December 2014, anyone caught parking in a disabled car park without holding a valid mobility parking sticker will not only get a $519 fine – the highest fine for this offence in the country – they will also receive a demerit point...

What is the definition of ‘shared parental responsibilities’?

28-November-2014 Family Law By Simone Green

A common misconception for parties in family law disputes is the difference between an order for equal shared parental responsibility and an order for equal time with the children. The two orders, while separate, are not mutually exclusive. Parental...