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Attwood Marshall Lawyers Appoint Family Law Special Counsel Michael Twohill to Expand Services at Kingscliff

Jeff Garrett Family Law, General Legal

Attwood Marshall Lawyers are proud to announce the appointment of a new and highly experienced Family Law Special Counsel to…

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For Real Estate Agents: Handy tips and real cases to safeguard your commission

Raphaelle Worrall General Legal, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

To safeguard your entitlement to commission on a property sale, ensure you follow these handy tips, writes Property Paralegal and…

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When Real Estate Agents fail to get their commission: real cases – Property & Commercial Law

Raphaelle Worrall Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

A few oversights during the transaction of a property can see a real estate agent lose their commission, writes QLD…

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PODCAST: Common legal dilemmas over Xmas and how to get urgent legal help

Jeff Garrett Criminal and Traffic Law, Family Law, General Legal, Podcasts, Wills & Estates

For most people, Christmas time is a time to relax and catch up with family and friends… for lawyers, it…

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LAW ALERT: Critical reforms affecting discretionary trust deeds

Barry van Heerden Business & Commercial, General Legal

If you are a financial planner or accountant advising the trustee of a discretionary trust, and that trustee plans to…

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What happens to a jointly held life insurance policy after separation?

Lucy McPherson Estate Litigation, General Legal, Wills & Estates

When a couple go through a separation there are a myriad of legal aspects to consider. Separation can be a…

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Accountants and Financial Planners Beware – Estate Planning Advice Could See You Being Sued or Prosecuted

Angela Harry Estate Litigation, Property Law, Wills & Estates

There seems to have been a dramatic increase in accountants and financial planners offering ‘estate planning’ advice to their clients. …

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BANKS UPDATE: Money laundering, child exploitation, and phone hacking – is your money safe?

Charles Lethbridge Bank, Finance and Super Disputes, Business & Commercial

Charging dead people, fees for no service – now money laundering and child exploitation are the latest revelations to emerge…

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PODCAST: Jim Morrison’s contested estate and the perils of ‘simple’ Wills – Estate Litigation Gold Coast

Melissa Tucker Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Estate Litigation Senior Associate Melissa Tucker discusses the perils of a simple Will using the example of Jim Morrison’s contested…

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Gold Coast First Home Buyers are the big winners of the new Federal Home Loan Deposit Scheme

Barry van Heerden Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

Buying your first home on the Gold Coast?  Gold Coast First Home Buyers are the big winners of the new…

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New laws to change how homeowners make a claim for building defects in NSW

Charles Lethbridge Building, Developer and Construction Disputes, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

Commercial litigation solicitor Charles Lethbridge explains how sweeping law reforms could strengthen protections for homeowners making a claim for building…

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New laws for NSW off-the-plan property contracts from 1 December 2019 – Property & Commercial Law

Rachel Godden General Legal

New laws will affect all contracts entered into from December 1, 2019, for off-the-plan properties in NSW, writes Licenced Conveyancer,…

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Property Contract to Comply with New Council Law

Attwood Marshall Business & Commercial, General Legal, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

Earlier this month, the Gold Coast City Council has considered a Local Law to specifically impose an obligation on private…

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Is Your Home on Flood Prone Land?

Jeff Garrett Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

We all would like to own a home with a water view or one of those homes built next to…

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What is Included in Your Purchase Contract?

Jeff Garrett Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

When agents are completing the inclusions/exclusions on a sale Contract or forwarding the instructions through to the Vendor’s solicitor to…

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Forgotten something? Remember to check for unregistered easements when drafting a Queensland Contract.

Jeff Garrett Property Law

We all know that ordering a title search is the first step when drafting a Queensland contract, but did you…

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Rental Property Hazards: Who is responsible for your safety? – By Barry van Heerden – Partner

Barry van Heerden Property Law

SMOKE ALARMS  It is common knowledge that from 1 July 2007 all residential dwellings in Queensland are required to have…

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Is your Landlord liable? By Barry van Heerden – Partner

Barry van Heerden Property Law

There appears to be always different viewpoints on the question whether a landlord is liable if someone is injured in…

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Notice to Agents – New Insurance Requirements as at 1 July 2013

Jeff Garrett Property Law

As at 1 July 2013 all registered property agents will need to have a level of professional indemnity insurance in…

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Are the Queensland Floods affecting you – making you unable to complete settlement of your contract?

Charles Lethbridge Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

If you are buying or selling a home in Queensland you would be aware that ‘time is of the essence’…

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Management of a Duplex Home – By Barry van Heerden – Partner

Barry van Heerden Business & Commercial, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

It appears there are still quite a few owners of duplexes in Queensland who are unaware of the fact that…

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Buying an investment property – A few points to consider

Barry van Heerden Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

Check what is being built around the same area: New infrastructure projects can be beneficial or detrimental to the property…

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“Granny Flats” can cause family heartache – by Jeff Garrett – Legal Practice Director

Jeff Garrett Business & Commercial, Property Law, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Listen to our interview with Practice Director, Jeff Garrett Listen to what Estate Planning expert and Partner, Angela Harry, has…

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Conveyancing: Don`t be Rushed

Barry van Heerden Business & Commercial, General Legal, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

We are all very much aware of the current state of the economy and the fact that it is harder…

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How to obtain a copy of a Will when someone dies..

Jeff Garrett Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

When someone dies there are usually family members, friends and other interested parties who may want to see a copy…

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Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF) & Death Benefit Nominations

Jeff Garrett General Legal, Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Whilst most people are aware of the term ‘Death Benefit Nomination’ when talking about their superannuation, many however, are unaware…

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Did you know that your Enduring Power of Attorney in New South Wales no longer applies to Health and Lifestyle Issues?

Donna Tolley Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Many New South Wales residents are unaware that the New South government changed the laws in relation to Enduring Powers…

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Who is entitled to view a copy of the will when someone dies?

Donna Tolley Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

When someone passes away, it is quite common for family members and/or other interested parties to ask about obtaining a…

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Save thousands through wise estate planning

Donna Tolley Wills & Estates

Where there’s a will, there’s the tax man. But you can fight off his excesses and save your family thousands…

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How to obtain a copy of a Will when someone dies..

Jeff Garrett Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

When someone dies there are usually family members, friends and other interested parties who may want to see a copy…

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Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF) & Death Benefit Nominations

Jeff Garrett General Legal, Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Whilst most people are aware of the term ‘Death Benefit Nomination’ when talking about their superannuation, many however, are unaware…

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Did you know that your Enduring Power of Attorney in New South Wales no longer applies to Health and Lifestyle Issues?

Donna Tolley Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Many New South Wales residents are unaware that the New South government changed the laws in relation to Enduring Powers…

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Who is entitled to view a copy of the will when someone dies?

Donna Tolley Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

When someone passes away, it is quite common for family members and/or other interested parties to ask about obtaining a…

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Save thousands through wise estate planning

Donna Tolley Wills & Estates

Where there’s a will, there’s the tax man. But you can fight off his excesses and save your family thousands…

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How to obtain a copy of a Will when someone dies..

Jeff Garrett Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

When someone dies there are usually family members, friends and other interested parties who may want to see a copy…

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Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF) & Death Benefit Nominations

Jeff Garrett General Legal, Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Whilst most people are aware of the term ‘Death Benefit Nomination’ when talking about their superannuation, many however, are unaware…

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Did you know that your Enduring Power of Attorney in New South Wales no longer applies to Health and Lifestyle Issues?

Donna Tolley Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Many New South Wales residents are unaware that the New South government changed the laws in relation to Enduring Powers…

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Who is entitled to view a copy of the will when someone dies?

Donna Tolley Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

When someone passes away, it is quite common for family members and/or other interested parties to ask about obtaining a…

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Save thousands through wise estate planning

Donna Tolley Wills & Estates

Where there’s a will, there’s the tax man. But you can fight off his excesses and save your family thousands…

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Wow! Is your Retention of Title safe?

Charles Lethbridge Business & Commercial, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

The Personal Property and Security Act 2009 (Cth) (“PPSA”)  came into effect on 30 January 2012 (“the Act”). The Act…

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Even Flo Rida can’t hide from being served with a summons

Charles Lethbridge Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

US Rapper Flo Rida, real name Tramar Dillard, was due to appear at Fat As Butter, a music festival held…

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What are consumers rights when goods are recalled?

Charles Lethbridge Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

With the launch of the ‘Australia Recall App’ on iPhone’s and Android’s, as well as the dedicated website www.recalls.gov.au, consumers…

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Bankruptcy, is it really the best option for you?

Charles Lethbridge Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

If you are thinking about declaring yourself bankrupt there are a few things you should consider first. What is bankruptcy?…

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Could the makers of ‘Becks’ beer see another ‘Donoghue v Stevenson’

Charles Lethbridge Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

The famous case which set the foundation of the tort of negligence as well as duty of care relating to…

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American company Eastman Kodak on the brink of bankruptcy

Charles Lethbridge Business & Commercial, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

American photography company Eastman Kodak (“Kodak”) has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection in America last month, in a move…

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Deal or no deal? Telco Financing Scam as seen on Today Tonight

Charles Lethbridge Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

We’re being warned to think twice before signing up with a telco financing system, especially for a deal that seems…

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Beware business owners – you need to update your warranty on your products as of Jan 2012

Charles Lethbridge Business & Commercial, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

As of 1 January 2012 there are new laws in force that affect refund policies and warranties. You may now…

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The ‘Big Banks’ Class Action

Charles Lethbridge Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

2011 saw one of Australia’s largest class actions commence against ANZ bank in the Federal Court of Australia. The claim,…

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Representative Class Actions – Strength in Numbers

Charles Lethbridge Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

Do you believe that everyone has a voice and should be able to express their opinion and do something about…

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Keeping one’s word in an agreement!

Charles Lethbridge Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

We all have entered into a verbal agreement among friends, family and/or even a stranger at one time or another,…

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Facebook could see you fired! – As published in the Gold Coast Sun Legal Affairs – 7/12/11

Charles Lethbridge Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

Be careful what you say on Facebook. Social media such as Facebook, twitter and other public forums enable employers to…

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Company Directors with unpaid super or wages can become personally liable!

Barry van Heerden Business & Commercial

Legislation has been passed through the Federal Government that extends Directors liability for unpaid PAYG and superannuation. The new legislation…

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Don`t get caught in a sham (Employees vs Contractors) ! By Barry van Heerden – Partner

Barry van Heerden Business & Commercial

There appears to be a lot of confusion out there in the market place relating to contractors or employees.  We…

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The Hidden risks of Personal Guarantees

Charles Lethbridge Business & Commercial, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation

Everyone knows signing a personal guarantee comes with a significant risk, but did you know that many guarantees these days…

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Lessors & Lessees beware – Short Term Retail Leases (NSW)

Attwood Marshall Business & Commercial

Both Lessors and Lessees need to be aware that the Retail Leases Act 1994 (as amended) provides that any Retail…

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Is there still any need for a Shareholders Agreement?

Barry van Heerden Business & Commercial, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation

There is an old saying that goes more or less like this:- “When poverty walks through the front door, love…

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Fears scheme for workers is being exploited by bosses

Charles Lethbridge Business & Commercial, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

The increase of company collapses while owing their workers redundancy payments has resulted in the cost of the federal government…

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Misleading carbon price claims

Charles Lethbridge Business & Commercial, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

Polaris Solar Pty Ltd and ACT Renewable Energy Pty Ltd are two of the first businesses in Australia who feel…

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Black Caviar – She`s on track for royalties – By Jeff Garrett – Legal Practice Director (as published in the GC Sun – 4/7/12)

Jeff Garrett Business & Commercial, General Legal

Black Caviar captured the spirit of the nation with her hard-fought win in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot…

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Please be wary before signing any contract!

Charles Lethbridge Business & Commercial, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

Are you about to purchase a house, car or maybe enter into a rental agreement? Maybe sign a pre-nup? Or…

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Gold Coast Boiler Room Scam – A Warning to All!

Charles Lethbridge Business & Commercial, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

The recent Gold Coast cold call investment fraud should serve as a warning that fraudulent operations are well organized using…

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Business Advertising – Be careful when making a comparison to prices.

Charles Lethbridge Business & Commercial, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

Consumers will always want the best price they can get and when advertising, many businesses compare their prices with their…

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Beware when advertising – even Apple can get it wrong!

Charles Lethbridge Business & Commercial, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

Advertising is undoubtedly one of the best marketing strategies for any business. Once you have a great product and a…

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Safety switches & smoke alarms – Are you currently complying? By Jacinta Bennett – Property Paralegal

Barry van Heerden General Legal, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

Did you know every householder in QLD and NSW has a legal responsibility to keep their home safe, including the…

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Importance of REIQ Annexure to PAMD Form 22a – Your Right to Commission depends on it! By Jeff Garrett – Legal Practice Director

Jeff Garrett General Legal, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

We have previously considered the issue of the importance of real estate agents properly completing their PAMD Form 22a’s:- Entitlement…

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When is a Contract a Contract

Charles Lethbridge Business & Commercial, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

Whilst most of us agree that a Contract is a written document, they do not always exist in a formal…

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Mortgagees in New South Wales now have a new duty to take ‘reasonable care’- By Christine Martin – Department Manager

Jeff Garrett Business & Commercial, General Legal, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

November 1, 2011 marks the date when lenders exercising their power of sale over a property in New South Wales…

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Want to sell your NSW property ASAP? By Jacinta Bennett – Property Law Paralegal

Attwood Marshall Business & Commercial, General Legal, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

Step by step guidelines to get your house on the market TODAY! 1.  Appointing an agent: The first step in…

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Be careful what you say on facebook! – By Lauren Magasdi – Lawyer

Barry van Heerden Business & Commercial, General Legal, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

Facebook, twitter and other public forums are examples of avenues available to employers to ‘screen’ employees or potential employees and…

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Electronic Conveyancing project begins 1 September 2011 – By Claire McLachlan – Property Paralegal

Barry van Heerden Business & Commercial, General Legal, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

With the design phase of Australia’s e-conveyancing system due to be finalised by March 2012, e-conveyancing may be here sooner…

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QLD legislative update on neighbourhood fencing disputes – By Tia Haynes – Lawyer

Jeff Garrett Business & Commercial, General Legal, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

Disputes over dividing fences between neighbours (adjoining land owners) are extremely common. It may therefore be of interest to many…

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NSW First Home Buyers Benefits – By Tia Haynes – Lawyer

Barry van Heerden Business & Commercial, General Legal, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Although most people are generally aware of the first home buyer’s grant and duty concessions/exemption for properties purchased in NSW…

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QLD Building Boost Grant Available – By Barry van Heerden – Partner

Barry van Heerden Business & Commercial, General Legal, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

From 1 August 2011 the Queensland Government is providing a “Building Boost Grant” up to $10,000.00 to buy or build…

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Types of life insurance and how to make a claim for life insurance – Compensation Law

Amy Lewis Compensation Law, General Legal

We usually avoid discussing worst case scenarios or “what ifs”, but when it comes to ensuring your family’s financial security,…

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Photo Gallery: Attwood Marshall Lawyers Caulfield Cup Raceday, October 19, 2019

Jeff Garrett General Legal, Horse Racing Law

The Attwood Marshall Lawyers Caulfield Cup Raceday at the Gold Coast Turf Club on October 19, 2019, was a great…

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Borrowing by Self-Managed Super Funds – Property & Commercial Law – Expert blog Part 2

Barry van Heerden Business & Commercial, General Legal, Property Law

Attwood Marshall Lawyers Property & Commercial Partner Barry van Heerden discusses the types of borrowing by Self-Managed Super Funds and…

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WorkCover death benefits and Common Law negligence claims – the legal options for bereaved families

Jeremy Roche General Legal

When a workplace fatality occurs it is tragic and often WorkCover death benefits and Common Law Negligence Claims for the…

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Special podcast: Australia’s contentious laws on assisted dying – how to plan your end-of-life care

Jeff Garrett General Legal, Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Euthanasia laws in Queensland and NSW are a sensitive topic, Legal Practice Director Jeffrey Garrett recently spoke to community radio…

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Eight killed in one month: tragic toll calls for motorbike vigilance

Jeremy Roche Compensation Claims, Compensation Law, General Legal

The newly released data showing a spike in fatalities on Queensland roads is a tragic reminder for increased vigilance around…

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Off the Plan Property – What You Need to Check Before You Buy

Andrea McGarry Business & Commercial, General Legal, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

Are you thinking of purchasing a property off the plan? Property & Commercial Lawyer, Andrea McGarry, explains how to protect…

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How to bequeath to the National Jockeys Trust – Attwood Marshall Lawyers

Attwood Marshall Charity & Community, General Legal, Wills & Estates

Donating a gift to charity in your Will is a special way to help others after you have passed away….

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Major changes to Enduring Power of Attorney, Enduring Guardian and Advanced Health Care Directive laws

Attwood Marshall General Legal, Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

The State’s most vulnerable, such as the elderly and mentally impaired, have become better protected as significant changes to the…

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Why Accountants and Insurance Brokers Must Never Give Advice on TPD Life Insurance Claims

Amy Lewis Compensation Claims, Compensation Law, General Legal

To protect yourself from legal action it is critical to seek proper legal advice for a client’s Total and Permanent…

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Call for urgent Government intervention into cladding crisis

Charles Lethbridge Building, Developer and Construction Disputes, General Legal

There is a need for urgent intervention by the State Government into the cladding crisis, writes Commercial Litigation solicitor, Charles…

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Real estate agents’ liability when passing information from the vendor to the buyer

Barry van Heerden General Legal, Property Law

Real estate agents be warned! If you are ‘passing on’ information from the vendor to the buyer, you must ensure…

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