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Why make a will?

In many countries around the world, people do not have the right to provide how their assets will be distributed upon their death. We are lucky to have that right. In Australia we have the absolute freedom to say how our assets are to be distributed following our death. The law does not direct that… Read more »

Powers of Attorney – Can one size fit all?

When it comes to formalising Powers of Attorney, people often assume that one document can deal with financial, medical and lifestyle issues. This is incorrect. Each of these things can only be dealt with by an attorney appointed by a deed in the form specified in the relevant legislation. If you wish to appoint a… Read more »

Relationship breakdown with children (relocation matters)

Relocation is an issue that you may face in your family law matter. Where there are no Court Orders in place, there is no legal reason why a parent cannot relocate with the children.  However, it is important to be aware that the other parent may make an Urgent Application to the Court to try… Read more »

Family Farms: Recording Written Agreements

We have seen an increase in clients who are part of family farming businesses where a dispute has arisen in circumstances where there is no written record of the clients’ understandings or expectations.  The types of disputes we are seeing are the common family break ups and conflicts caused, for example, by: 1. the separation… Read more »

Separating from your partner

Separation is an upsetting and difficult experience.  However, separating from your partner doesn’t need to be characterised by conflict.  You and your former partner may be able to reach agreement about the important issues, which include: the care of children; and how real estate, superannuation, money and other belongings will be divided. The benefits of… Read more »

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