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What is a Power of Attorney?

What is a power of attorney? We often get asked this common question. So, what is a power of attorney? A power of attorney is a legal document appointing someone to act on your behalf in your property and financial matters. The person who makes the power of attorney is the “principal”. The person appointed to act on your behalf […]

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The cost of NOT having a will

The cost of NOT having a will

What are the consequences if you were to die without having made a will? The cost to your family when administering your estate could be quite significant. This would certainly be the case if you have a substantial amount of property, which could include: • Real estate; • Shares; • Motor vehicles; • Bank accounts; • Personal property of value. The purpose of a will […]

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De Facto

De Facto Relationships and Protecting your Property

Under Australian law, when a de facto relationship ends the rules for dividing up property are the same as for married couples. It is important to consider whether or not you are in a de facto relationship. If the relationship was to break down,  there could be significant financial consequences for you. What is a de facto relationship? The Family […]

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Verification of identity

Verification of Identity (VOI)

In most transactions solicitors are now required to verify their client’s identity. This process is known as Verification of Identity (VOI). As conveyancing turns electronic, all buyers and sellers are required to have their identity verified to prevent fraud. But the process is also used in other matter types too. What documents are needed to verify your identity? Photo identification […]

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Can I contest a will

Can I contest a will?

You can contest a will if you feel you have been inadequately provided for or left out altogether. There are plenty of reasons why you may feel that you have not been adequately provided for in a will. The law allows certain eligible people who feel they haven’t been fairly provided for to make a claim and contest a will. […]

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Family Law

How to choose the right Family Lawyer

Finding the right Family Lawyer for you is essential. Going through a separation can be an emotional time. Sorting out a parental plan and property settlement can add stress and anxiety. You need a lawyer who you trust and feel comfortable with. A lawyer who you know has the experience and knowledge to support you. We’ve developed a list of […]

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Divorce

Are you ready for Divorce?

Finding yourself in a broken marriage and facing divorce can leave you emotional & confused. There are laws to ending a marriage, as well as the task of property settlement and parenting plans. There are a number of requirements which must be met before the court will make a divorce order. In Australia, the only ground for divorce under the Family Law Act […]

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Statement of Claim

Have You Been Served With A Statement Of Claim?

If you have been served with a statement of claim, there are 4 steps you need to take. A statement of claim is the initial document which is filed with a court by a person or company making a claim (the plaintiff) against another person or company (the defendant) to start court proceedings. The types of claims that may be […]

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Everything you need to know about Property Settlement

Property settlement is the division of your property between yourself and your partner after separation. Your property might include the family home, car, bank accounts and even your superannuation. When do we need to sort out our property? If you are (or have been) married: Your property settlement can happen at any time before divorce, or within 12 months after […]

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AVO

Do you need to apply for an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO)?

An apprehended violence order (AVO) is a court order against a person who you feel threatens your safety. It is intended to protect you and your dependents from any further threats of violence or harassment by that person. There are 2 types of AVO: Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO). An ADVO is an order where the people involved are related, […]

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