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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

The process of obtaining probate

Probate is a grant made by the Supreme Court of New South Wales that ‘proves’ the Will of a deceased person and vests title to the estate’s assets in the named executor/s. This is the official process that enables the executor to legally deal with the deceased’s estate. As the legal personal representative of the… Read More

Wills for Blended Families

Making a Will is important, particularly if you are part of a blended family. A blended family is a family in which one or both partners have a child or children from a previous relationship. Careful estate planning now should ensure that all of your intended beneficiaries are provided for when you die and that… Read More

Take care when buying a property off the Plan

The term “buying off the plan” usually refers to purchasing a property that is not yet registered as a separate lot with the government department responsible for land title registrations, or not yet built. Buying off the plan can refer to the purchase of a block of vacant land that is part of a subdivision,… Read More

What if the Police turn up at your front door?

The criminal process starts with the investigation of an actual or alleged crime. The power for New South Wales Police to search, arrest and detain a person for interrogation comes from the Law Enforcement (Powers & Responsibilities) Act 2002 which sets out when and in what circumstances these powers may be used. The rules aim… Read More

Have you been left out of a Will?

The loss of a family member is always a difficult time, but it can become more distressing to learn that you have not been included in the family member’s Will. Generally, a person may leave their assets to whomever they wish. However, the law recognises that there are those who relied on the deceased for… Read More

A guide to buying commercial premises

Buying a commercial property (such as a warehouse, office building or retail space) is more complicated than buying a residential property. There are complex contract terms, detailed planning information and additional legal and commercial implications if the premises are leased. In this article we set out some of the key issues in relation to buying… Read More

‘Divorce’ explained for de facto partners

Unlike married couples, de facto partners cannot apply for a divorce when their relationship breaks down. Their property affairs and arrangements for the future care of their children however may be finalised by agreement, with the assistance of their legal advisors or, if necessary, through Family Court proceedings. Couples in a de facto relationship generally… Read More