GST and Residential Property Transactions

The responsibility for remitting Goods and Services Tax (GST) to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) generally falls on the party making a ‘taxable supply’. In a property transaction, this has traditionally meant the vendor or developer (supplier), unless the contract provides otherwise. From 1 July 2018 purchasers of ‘new’ residential property must deduct the GST… Read More

Estate Planning – what is an Estate Plan?

An estate plan involves more than signing a Will and storing it in a ‘safe place’. Estate planning requires a holistic approach in consideration of a person’s present circumstances and foreseeable future. A plan needs to consider who matters, what you have now, what you may have in years to come, and what your final… Read More

Common Family Law Fallacies

If you’re in the unfortunate situation of going through a break-up you have probably heard all sorts of ‘advice’ from well-meaning friends and family. Family and friends are a great source of emotional and physical support when you have separated, however good legal advice is essential, so you are aware of your rights. Being properly… Read More

Buying a Property at Auction

Things you need to know BEFORE the auction day Buying a property can often be an intimidating process, especially at auction where you are competing with other buyers and there is no cooling off period. Many properties are sold at auction, particularly in a rising market, so it is important for buyers to understand the… Read More

Community Seminar – Elder Abuse Prevention

CECAL Seniors – one of which proposed to me during the presentation! Paul Falzon, Director of Falzon Legal spoke at this month at the Canterbury Earlwood Caring Association on the topic of preventing elder abuse. The group provides community based programs and activities for the local community. One senior shared his story: “I loved my son… Read More

What to do if your driver’s Licence is at risk

Did you know that in certain circumstances a driver of a motor vehicle, who may otherwise have their licence suspended or possibly cancelled, may be able to apply to a Court for a good behaviour licence? And did you know that it may be possible to have a Court review a decision by the Roads… Read More

Superannuation splitting laws – things you need to know

When a marriage or de facto relationship breaks down property can be divided between the parties. Superannuation is treated as property under the Family Law Act and as such can be adjusted, transferred or divided between parties when a relationship breaks down. Although it should be noted that de facto couples in Western Australia are not subject to… Read More

The Perils of Not Making a Will

What do Michael Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Picasso, Jimi Hendrix, Stieg Larsson and Robert Homes a Court all have in common? You would be forgiven for thinking, not much. But in fact they do—all six died intestate which means, they died without leaving a Will. Even the rich and famous can fail to plan ahead when it… Read More