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To Gift, or not to Gift? That is the question

The Australian property market has become increasingly difficult to enter, and it is not uncommon for parents (or family members) to provide financial support to their adult children to facilitate the purchase of a new home. These financial advances may occur when the child is in a de-facto or marital relationship, intended to benefit both […]

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Recording partners in family law disputes

In most cases, it is an offence to secretly record a conversation with another person without their permission. However, as the development of technology nearly guarantees an audio or video recording device will be on most individuals at any given time (i.e. smartphones), there are frequent cases where a party has secretly documented interactions with […]

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Why is Home Warranty Insurance so important?

Home Warranty Insurance (HWI) is a statutory scheme to indemnify homeowners for loss or damage caused while undertaking residential building works in NSW. The Home Building Act 1989 provides statutory warranties against breaches contained in Part 2C of the Act and will hold builders and developers liable to front the costs for rectifying defective works. […]

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Does infidelity affect property settlements at the end of a relationship?

It can sometimes be a testing time for couples who are experiencing separation or divorce. Unfortunately, when the relationship ends due to infidelity it can be additionally complicated and emotionally driven. Clients may be concerned that they will be disadvantaged in the property settlement if they have been unfaithful, or conversely clients may be seeking […]

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What is an Independent Children’s Lawyer?

An Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) is someone who represents and promotes a child’s best interests throughout family law proceedings. An ICL is truly independent of the Court and enables a child to be involved in decision-making about parenting arrangements without influence from the parties. An ICL will consider the views of the child in conjunction […]

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COVID-19: What you need to know about early release superannuation

As we have previously blogged, the Government has released various stimulus packages in response to COVID-19 to help the economy withstand and recover from the economic impact of the ongoing pandemic. Unfortunately, many people will lose their jobs or have their income reduced as their regular work hours vary. To assist those in need, the Government […]

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Property transfers between married or de-facto couples: What if they are not Australian citizens?

Property transfers between married and de-facto couples occur regularly in NSW. Under section 104B of the Duties Act 1997 (NSW), these transfers qualify for an exemption of stamp duty provided it is the couple’s principal place of residence, and they enter onto the Title as joint tenants or tenants in common in equal shares. Transfers […]

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Key Money and Retail Leases

Retail leases are highly regulated in all Australian states and territories. As a result, landlords and tenants entering these types of legal arrangements should be aware of their legal rights and obligations under the terms of the lease. Key money may be requested when entering or renewing a retail lease, which essentially means a non-refundable […]

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COVID-19: The risk of domestic violence during self-isolation

Many employees are working remotely as the strict COVID-19 protocols, such as self-isolation and social distancing, remain in place in Australia. Others may have been forced out of a job and are now enduring financial or psychological distress. Unfortunately, it is speculated that this may result in an increase of domestic abuse, putting those in […]

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What is Defamation?

Defamation occurs where someone distributes or publishes material which is harmful to a personal, professional, or business reputation. Such material will be deemed defamatory if content negatively affects the reputation of another, and it is offensive, inflammatory, or untrue. Defamatory material can take many forms, so long as it is published to another person, or […]


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