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What are Instalment Orders?

6-March-2013 Commercial Disputes By admin

Following your attempts to recover a debt, firstly through a Letter of Demand and subsequently after the debtor has been “served” the Statement of Claim papers, the court’s jurisdiction will come into play. The Statement of...

Debt recovery: First steps to get your money back

4-March-2013 Commercial Disputes By admin

If you or your business needs to recover a debt, there are several steps to follow. 1. Letter of demand Firstly, you need your legal representative to send a letter of demand to the debtor. This puts the debtor on notice that the debt is...

First steps after a relationship breaks down

19-February-2013 Family Law By admin

Separating from a relationship can be a difficult and emotional time in people’s lives, but there are some practical first steps worth taking to prevent protracted legal arguments and expense when the time comes to finalise a property...

Family Law Act improves protection of children

Family Law By admin

In June 2012, several changes were made to the Family Law Act to better protect children and families at risk of violence and abuse. Amendments made by the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2011 (Cth)...

Does your pre-nup meet legal requirements?

5-February-2013 Family Law By admin

On December 31, 2012, Olympic swimmer Grant Hackett began legal action against his lawyers in relation to a pre-nuptial agreement they prepared on his behalf. The Australian swim star claimed the botched Financial Agreement, with pop star wife...

High Court clarifies property rights of elderly couple living apart

24-January-2013 Family Law By admin

The High Court recently provided clarification on a controversial decision in the Family Court regarding the court’s power to order the division of assets when a couple have separated involuntarily, due to the deteriorating health of one or...

Why it’s important to legally document your financial separation

21-January-2013 Family Law By admin

When couples decide to separate, many believe they can "sort things out" themselves without resorting to a family lawyer to finalise the division of their property. But a “do-it-yourself” agreement often does not meet strict...