How marriage & divorce can affect your Will

Why, you might ask, would marriage or divorce have anything to do with your Will? Why indeed! The reality is that only about one in two Australians, whether married or divorced, have a valid Will. Of those who do, many haven’t looked at their Will since they signed it, and perhaps have forgotten what it… Read More

Shining a light on drink driving in NSW

Drink driving continues to be one of the main causes of road fatalities and injuries, responsible for 30% of fatalities and 9% of serious road injuries in Australia. If you consider the statistics it is clear why successive Governments and the Police support strong laws and why the Courts impose tough penalties. In this article… Read More

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