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Posts By: Patrick Sheridan

Cyber security

Cyber security and our firm – what is all the fuss about?

Cyber security and client confidentiality plays a major role in our service to you. Whether we keep your details and dealings on paper or a computer – we need to ensure its security. Using up-to-date hardware and software is a good start in ensuring electronic data security. Law Firms have been targeted by cyber criminals for years. The most common […]

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Drink-driving

New drink-driving penalties in effect in NSW

NSW low range drink-driving penalties changed on 20 May 2019. The changes deliver swifter, consistent and more certain penalties for drink-driving offences. WHAT HAS CHANGED? If caught driving with a blood alcohol reading in the low range (between 0.05% and 0.08%) as a first offence prior to 20 May 2019, a notice requiring you to attend local court would have […]

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GST

GST law change for the purchase of new residential properties

Tax Laws have changed from 1 July 2018. What is the new Tax Law? Purchasers of new residential properties, where the vendor is registered for GST, are required to pay a portion of the purchase price directly to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) on or before settlement of the purchase. How much GST is payable? The purchaser will be required […]

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Our top 8 legal films and tv series

Our Top 8 Legal Films and TV Series

Here’s a little secret about our staff – we’re movie and TV series buffs! We’ve had a bit of fun compiling some of our all-time favourite legal films and TV series. 8. The Lincoln Lawyer What is it about? The Lincoln Lawyer is a 2011 American legal-thriller starring Matthew McConaughey as lawyer, Mickey Haller. Mickey Haller works out of his […]

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Grant of probate

Grant of Probate

In Estate matters, we often get asked why a grant of probate may be required. When a person passes away, their estate must be administered. The deceased may have had minimal assets, such as a car and a small amount in a bank account.  In this case, the estate can be straightforward requiring only a death certificate to sell and […]

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Electronic contracts

How binding are electronic contracts?

Electronic contracts are becoming more frequent in both business and personal use. There are a number of ways an electronic contract can be executed: • Clicking a checkbox to acknowledge agreement. • Typing yes or I agree in a form online. • Signing a document with a stylus or your finger. • Using a facility such as DocuSign to electronically sign a document. These […]

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Testamentary Capacity

How does testamentary capacity affect a will?

A will is a legal document instructing on the distribution of a person’s assets after their death.  Anyone over 18 can make a valid will, as long as they have “testamentary capacity”. What is testamentary capacity? Testamentary capacity means that a person has the required mental capacity to make a will.  It refers to a person’s mental capacity opposed to […]

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Transfer of property

The transfer of property and stamp duty

At Sheridan Legal, we often get asked about the transfer of property (as opposed to the sale) between related parties. It’s possible to do a transfer of property from one party to another. One major cost that you will usually have to pay is stamp duty. However, there are a few situations where stamp duty is exempt (or at least, […]

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Financial agreement

Is a Financial Agreement right for you?

A financial agreement is commonly referred to as a “prenuptial agreement”. However, these agreements can be executed before, during or after a relationship. A financial agreement allows couples to negotiate how they will divide their assets on their own terms without involving a court. It avoids: – the cost and stress of arguing over a property settlement in the event of separation; […]

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DIY Conveyancing

DIY Conveyancing

Whether you are buying or selling, there are a number of pitfalls to DIY Conveyancing. DIY Conveyancing is where you decide to act for yourself, rather than paying for a professional service. The sale or purchase of a property is likely the largest financial transaction that you will experience during your lifetime. It is best that this transaction is left […]

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