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Posted by Dannielle Ford Family Law

PRE-NUPTIAL AND POST-NUPTIAL AGREEMENTS

On 8 November 2017, the High Court delivered its judgment in Thorne v Kennedy [2017] HCA 49. It allowed the appeal of Ms Thorne following the decision made by the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia. Ms Thorne, not born in Australia, was living overseas when she met Mr Kennedy. Her English language […]

Posted by Dannielle Ford Family Law Wills and Estates

DOES GETTING MARRIED OR DIVORCED AFFECT MY WILL?

A marriage, separation or divorce will usually have a massive impact on your life. In most cases you will feel like there is more to worry about than your estate planning, but it is at these times it is most important to do so. MARRIAGE The effect of marriage on a Will depends on the […]

Posted by Dannielle Ford Conveyancing

FIRST HOME BUYERS ASSISTANCE – SHARED EQUITY ARRANGEMENTS

Can I buy with my parents and still be eligible for first home benefits? Receiving financial assistance from a family member or other non-eligible first home buyer may be the only way you can get your foot in the real estate door. How does this affect your eligibility for First Home Buyers Assistance? First Home […]

Posted by Dannielle Ford Criminal Law

APPEALING A LICENCE SUSPENSION

The Roads & Maritime Services (the RMS) and the NSW Police can suspend your licence for a number of reasons. Most licence suspensions can be appealed to the Local Court. This means you are asking the Court to review the decision. If your licence has been suspended, or you receive notice that it will be […]

Posted by Dannielle Ford Conveyancing

CONVEYANCING BASICS – WHAT HAPPENS BEFORE SETTLEMENT?

The time since Contracts were exchanged has quickly passed and you’re now getting ready to settle on the purchase of your home. But what else should you be doing now? A pre-settlement inspection should be arranged with the real estate agent (or the seller direct, if there is no agent) as close as possible to […]

Posted by Tony Cheney Conveyancing

FOREIGN RESIDENT CAPITAL GAINS WITHHOLDING

There have been changes to the “Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding” (“FRCGW”) rules. FRCGW first applied to vendors disposing of certain taxable Australian property under contracts entered into from 1 July 2016.   New rules for FRCGW apply to vendors of certain taxable property under contracts entered into from 1 July 2017. The changes will […]

Posted by Dannielle Ford Wills and Estates

HOW ARE MY DEBTS PAID WHEN I DIE?

It is a common misconception amongst many people that their family will be left to pay their debts when they die. In Australia though, that is not the case. When you die, any debts that you are solely responsible for will be paid out of your estate and/or any insurance policies held by you. If […]

Posted by Dannielle Ford Conveyancing

SUPPORTING FIRST HOME BUYERS

The NSW Government is set to introduce a new package to improve housing affordability for first home buyers. For first home buyers, this package will: Abolish stamp duty on all homes up to $650,000 Give stamp duty relief for homes up to $800,000 Provide a grant of $10,000 for builders of new homes up to […]

Posted by Dannielle Ford Conveyancing

CONVEYANCING BASICS – AM I ELIGIBLE FOR ANY GRANTS?

The NSW Government have several grants available to purchasers in New South Wales. We can let you know if you might be eligible to receive any of these grants. WHAT GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE? FIRST HOME BUYERS If it is a first home purchase of a newly constructed home, or the purchase of a vacant block […]

Posted by Tony Cheney Conveyancing

CONVEYANCING BASICS – HOW LONG UNTIL I CAN MOVE INTO MY NEW HOME?

You have found the property that you will soon call home. Contracts have been signed by all parties and have been exchanged so the deal is binding on you and the seller. But how long do you have to wait until you can move in? The standard settlement period (that is the time between exchange […]