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Outlining funeral wishes in your Will

Larisa Kapur General Legal, Wills & Estates

Attwood Marshall Lawyers, Wills & Estate Lawyer, Larisa Kapur, discusses funerals and the importance of including your final wishes in…

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Queensland’s first jail sentence for new industrial manslaughter laws

Jeremy Roche Compensation Claims, Compensation Law, General Legal

The first sentence has been handed down by a Judge, with an auto wrecking yard ordered to pay a $3…

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Five reasons to buy a first home during COVID-19

Raphaelle Worrall Business & Commercial, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

Now is not the time to give up on your dream of owning your first home, writes Law Graduate/QLD Property…

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Questionable advice to access super to pay rent

Barry van Heerden Business & Commercial, General Legal

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, real estate agents and property managers have been inundated with requests from tenants…

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Real estate agents forced to pay costs for wrong ‘Buyer entity’

Andrea McGarry General Legal, Residential Conveyancing

Once the terms of a contract have been agreed upon and all parties are ready to proceed, it’s critical an…

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Lawyers continue to sponsor Silk Stocking race in winter carnival

Jeff Garrett General Legal

The Queensland thoroughbred racing winter carnival comes to the Gold Coast tomorrow with a bumper 9 race card including the…

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COVID-19: Our offices are open for business

Jeff Garrett Compensation Law, Estate Litigation, Family Law, General Legal, Wills & Estates

We have implemented an approved COVID Safe Plan at all our offices and are officially registered as a COVID Safe…

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Family Law welcomes back experienced Solicitor Emily Edmonds as Federal Courts expedite Covid-19 matters

Michael Twohill Family Law, General Legal

Attwood Marshall Lawyers’ Family Law Department is expanding with the return of experienced family law and estate planning solicitor Emily…

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PM announces mandatory code for commercial tenants and landlords

Georgia Taylor Business & Commercial, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

Scott Morrison has announced, on behalf of the National Cabinet, a set of proposed laws that will soon be legislated…

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Government responds to our call for urgent amendment to Queensland Border Exemptions (UPDATED)

Michael Twohill Family Law

Issues with cross-border parenting arrangements for children of separated parents has caused uncertainty and anxiety for some families. Family Special…

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Law firm swamped by requests for Wills and Enduring Power of Attorney

Angela Harry Compensation Claims, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal, Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Read more: Gold Coast Bulletin – Coronavirus fears drive people to get their Wills done One of the largest legal…

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The next step for commercial tenants during COVID-19

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

With the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring a worldwide pandemic on 11 March 2020, we knew this was going to…

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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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Rate Cut of .25% by Reserve Bank – Welcomed by Gold Coast & Tweed Property Markets & Economy

Jeff Garrett Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

The decision of the Reserve Bank to reduce interest rates by .25% is great news for the local Gold Coast…

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Baby`s death results in tough lessons for Real Estate Agents – By Jeff Garrett – Legal Practice Director

Jeff Garrett Property Law

The death of seven-week-old baby Isabella Diefenbach in May 2010 has resulted in 13 Coronial recommendations and sounded a clear…

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Selling your owner built home in NSW

Jeff Garrett Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

If you have Owner Built your home or completed a Substantial Renovation and sub-contracted out the work to Licensed Tradesmen…

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Dont let by-laws make you an outlaw! Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (QLD)

Jeff Garrett Property Law

With the population in urban areas growing so rapidly the advent of medium/high density housing is becoming more and more…

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Never too young or too old! – NSW First Home and New Home Grant – by Jacinta Bennett

Jeff Garrett General Legal, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

Everyone in some stage of their life would like to own a property or two and the most important thing…

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Good News for New Home Buyers – By Barry van Heerden – Partner

Jeff Garrett General Legal, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

From 1 July 2012 the Transfer Duty Home Concession that was available for the purchase of homes prior 1 August…

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14 Common Situations that may indicate a Family Inheritance Dispute

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

What you are about to read are some common situations that may indicate that an inheritance dispute is looming in…

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How to avoid someone Contesting your Will

Lucy McPherson Wills & Estates

Estate Litigation lawyer Lucy McPherson discusses some of the issues on how to avoid someone contesting your Will and some…

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Aussie TV newsreader’s Ian “Roscoe” Ross – son in bitter fight over dad’s $1 million estate

Melissa Tucker Wills & Estates

It is very common for past grievances to resurface during the difficult days following the death of a beloved parent….

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Elder Abuse on the Rise – How To Get Help!

Angela Harry Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Research confirms that as many as 50,000 elderly people in New South Wales alone may have experienced some form of…

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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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14 Common Situations that may indicate a Family Inheritance Dispute

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

What you are about to read are some common situations that may indicate that an inheritance dispute is looming in…

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How to avoid someone Contesting your Will

Lucy McPherson Wills & Estates

Estate Litigation lawyer Lucy McPherson discusses some of the issues on how to avoid someone contesting your Will and some…

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Aussie TV newsreader’s Ian “Roscoe” Ross – son in bitter fight over dad’s $1 million estate

Melissa Tucker Wills & Estates

It is very common for past grievances to resurface during the difficult days following the death of a beloved parent….

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Elder Abuse on the Rise – How To Get Help!

Angela Harry Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Research confirms that as many as 50,000 elderly people in New South Wales alone may have experienced some form of…

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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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14 Common Situations that may indicate a Family Inheritance Dispute

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

What you are about to read are some common situations that may indicate that an inheritance dispute is looming in…

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How to avoid someone Contesting your Will

Lucy McPherson Wills & Estates

Estate Litigation lawyer Lucy McPherson discusses some of the issues on how to avoid someone contesting your Will and some…

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Aussie TV newsreader’s Ian “Roscoe” Ross – son in bitter fight over dad’s $1 million estate

Melissa Tucker Wills & Estates

It is very common for past grievances to resurface during the difficult days following the death of a beloved parent….

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Elder Abuse on the Rise – How To Get Help!

Angela Harry Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Research confirms that as many as 50,000 elderly people in New South Wales alone may have experienced some form of…

READ MORE

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…

READ MORE

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…

READ MORE

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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New Personal Security System receives Green Light

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

The most anticipated Personal Property Securities Act 2009 will formally commence on 30 January 2012. All existing securities which are…

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Relief Awarded under the Contracts Review Act (NSW)

Charles Lethbridge Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

On 2 September 2011, the NSW Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the primary judge in Fast Fix Loans…

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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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Payment Claims under the Building and Construction Industry Security for Payment Act 1999 (NSW) and the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld)

Charles Lethbridge Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

The Building and Construction Industry Security for Payment Act 1999 (NSW) and its Queensland equivalent, the Building and Construction Industry…

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I did some work, I haven’t been paid and I haven’t got a contract, What can I do?

Charles Lethbridge Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal

In this situation you are entitled to sue for Quantum meruit a Latin term generically meaning “what one deserves” or…

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What can the Consumer, Tenancy and Trading Tribunal (CTTT) do for you?

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

The CTTT provides an informal low cost service where consumers can resolve disputes between consumers and traders and tenants and…

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Secure your interest now! How will the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 affect you?

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

Personal Property as security for credit is an essential part of Australia’s economy. The law underpinning this is undergoing a…

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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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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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Covered for Carbon Tax? – By Barry van Heerden – Partner

Jeff Garrett Business & Commercial, General Legal

With 1 July 2012 being the due date for the implementation of carbon tax it may be necessary to consider…

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Transfers to Superannuation Funds – By Barry van Heerden – Partner

Barry van Heerden Business & Commercial, General Legal

We are involved in quite a few matters where super funds are buying real property and it is amazing to…

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Stick to a Budget to Run a Debt Free Business

Jeff Garrett Business & Commercial, General Legal

Do you own a business? If yes, then you must prepare a company budget for your business. This will not…

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Effect of New Security System on Trading Companies – By Barry Van Heerden – Partner

Jeff Garrett Business & Commercial, General Legal

REGISTER IT OR LOSE IT New legislation that commenced on 31 January 2012 has changed the way parties have always…

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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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Queensland Landholder Duty to apply from 1 July 2011 – By Christine Martin

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

Queensland has announced that its land rich duty model will be replaced with a Landholder Duty Model from 1 July…

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New South Wales & Queensland (Gold Coast Lawyers) – Office of State Revenue Forms By Jacinta Bennett – Property Paralegal

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

Why it is important to complete them correctly? The Office of State Revenue (OSR) is a government organisation that administers…

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Attwood Marshall congratulates our newest partner Barry van Heerden

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

We’re delighted to announce that Barry van Heerden has received a well-deserved promotion from senior associate to partner here at…

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Standard Conditions of the NSW Contract – beware of strata adjustments when acting for a Purchaser

Rachel Godden Business & Commercial, General Legal, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

When acting for a Purchaser of a strata property, it is generally assumed that outstanding strata levies will be paid…

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“Another Purchaser” Backfires on Agent – By Barry van Heerden – Senior Associate

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

“There is another Purchaser.  You will have to make an unconditional higher or better offer.” These were the words uttered…

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Are the Liabilities of De- Registered Company really “Dead and Buried”?

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

Often the advice to a client with a dormant company with outstanding liabilities is to voluntarily deregister the company, usually…

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Landlords: Be careful how you increase your rent – by Barry van Heerden – Partner

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

All Leases contain rent review clauses which specify how the rent will be increased on each anniversary date of the…

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Funding for Environmental Upgrade – By Barry van Heerden – Senior Associate – Attwood Marshall Lawyers

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

Building owners now have the opportunity to do environmental upgrades to their buildings with local Councils providing security for any…

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COVID-19 and its Affect on Supply Contracts and Construction Contracts

Charles Lethbridge General Legal

Now is the time to review your commercial contracts to consider the scope of any force majeure clauses and your…

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What are your rights as Landlord or Lessee in a Lease during COVID-19?

Barry van Heerden Building, Developer and Construction Disputes, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, General Legal, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing

Now is the time to review your contracts, determine the scope of any force majeure clauses and your options if…

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Manus Island detention centre social worker wins compensation after sexual assault

Jeremy Roche Compensation Law, General Legal

Compensation Senior Associate, Lisa Robertson, shares her recent experience in fighting against a billion-dollar company to uphold the legal rights…

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“Appalling and self-serving”: Greedy insurers put CTP compensation for injured Queenslanders under threat

Jeremy Roche Compensation Claims, Compensation Law, General Legal

Attwood Marshall Lawyers have warned the Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance scheme for injured motorists is under threat and call…

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Attwood Marshall Lawyers take legal action over death of boilermaker at North Queensland site

Jeremy Roche Compensation Claims, Compensation Law, General Legal

Attwood Marshall Lawyers is taking legal action for a mining worker who suffered severe psychiatric injury as the first responder…

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Camp Hill murder-suicide a wake up call for judicial system: Family Law Special Counsel

Michael Twohill Family Law, General Legal

The Camp Hill murder-suicide is a wake up call for the judicial system to do more to protect families experiencing…

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Issues to consider when buying a dental practice – Property & Commercial Law

Barry van Heerden Business & Commercial, General Legal

It is important to understand the issues relating to the purchase of a dental practice because a dental practice is…

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PODCAST: Families Forced to Take Legal Action Against Public Trustees

Lucy McPherson General Legal, Wills & Estates, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

The ‘lure of a free Will’ and blind trust in Government trustee bodies has left many of our clients forced…

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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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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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