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Posted by Dannielle Ford Criminal Law

NSW SENTENCING REFORMS

In 2011, the NSW Government asked the NSW Law Reform Commission to complete a review of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act. This piece of legislation outlines the available sentences for criminal offences and outlines the considerations the Court must take into court when deciding on sentence. Fast forward to 24 September 2018 and we will […]

Posted by Aaron Suthers Business Law General

DON’T BE ‘CASUAL’ WITH YOUR EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS

In my experience, clients are often, understandably, surprised by the range of areas where uncertainty in the law can have a significant impact upon the way they need to order their business affairs. In the modern era, where legislation regulating business conduct proliferates, it is understandable that some level of certainty as to the law […]

Posted by Dannielle Ford Conveyancing

DEPOSIT BONDS – PITFALLS

Sometimes a purchaser does not have sufficient cash to pay the usual 10% deposit when purchasing a property. While there is sometimes the option to pay lesser deposit, a deposit bond can provide an alternative. The deposit bond is effectively a policy document that tells the vendor that the provider will pay the deposit to […]

Posted by Dannielle Ford Criminal Law

REMOVING DISQUALIFICATION PERIODS

ARE YOU DISQUALIFIED FROM DRIVING? If you have been disqualified from driving, you may be in luck. In October 2017 the law in NSW was changed meaning that eligible people can apply to the Local Court to have their disqualification periods removed from their driver licence. So, who is an eligible person? You can apply […]

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 […]