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Top five things to consider when moving into a Retirement Village

A retirement village is a community-style residential development offering accommodation, facilities and services to people from retirement age onwards. There are many types of arrangements which should be carefully explored before making your move to retirement-village living. You will need to ensure that the village you choose meets your specific needs and that you understand… Read More

Charged with possession of drugs – what happens next?

It is not unusual to see police officers and sniffer dogs frequenting music concerts, festivals and other major events to maximise safety and generally, enforce the law. Festivals such as Mardi Gras and other large music events attract a significant police presence and often result in several criminal charges, many of which are drug-related. So,… Read More

Can I secretly record my spouse?

We’ve all had times when we can’t recall a conversation someone else swears we had. Often, one person in a relationship is more adamant about their memory than the other person. Usually, those mini-disputes are minor blips in an intact relationship. But what if it’s no longer an intact relationship? What if the “he said/… Read More

Buying and selling a property at the same time

Buying or selling property is widely accepted as one of life’s major stress factors. When you buy and sell property at the same time and try to complete both transactions together this can add considerably to the stress levels. This is known as a simultaneous settlement and is encountered often in the conveyancing process. Why… Read More

Obligations and consequences of parenting orders

A separating couple with children will need to work out the parenting arrangements for those children – where the children are to live and who may make decisions about the children. If the couple can agree, their agreement can be formalised as Consent Orders (ie Orders made by the Court by consent). If not, the… Read More

Yours, mine and ours – inheritances and family law

When a relationship breaks down, it is common for disputes to arise over the ‘ownership’ of an inheritance received by one of the parties. The biggest question is whether an inheritance received by one party forms part of the pool of assets for distribution between both. This article provides guidance on when an inheritance might… Read More

Selling a house – the conveyancing process explained

Selling a home is usually an emotional and stressful time and can become a costly process if mistakes are made. A qualified lawyer or conveyancer can simplify the procedure and limit the risks involved. In this article, we look at the steps which a lawyer will take when managing a sale transaction on your behalf…. Read More

Six things to know about Binding Financial Agreements

There are many names for Binding Financial Agreements or BFA’s, including; Pre-nuptial Agreements (commonly known as pre-nups), Post-nuptial Agreements (post-nups); and Cohabitation Agreements. They are known by the courts as Binding Financial Agreements. There have even been movies about them and their enforceability and plenty of sensational newspaper stories but this article sets out the… Read More