08 Aug 2016

Incorporated Association – New Rules!

Are you involved in an Incorporated Association? Do you know about the new rules affecting Incorporated Associations introduced this year?  Very recent changes have been introduced by the new Associations Incorporation Act 2015.  If you are…

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14 Mar 2016

Withholding Tax on Australian Property Transactions

Withholding Tax on Australian Property Transactions Amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 impose obligations on purchasers to withhold 10% tax on the purchase of Australian real property valued in excess of $2 million…

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23 Nov 2015

New Australian Foreign Investment Rules on the way?

Are you a foreign investor in Australia?   Below is a summary of new rules which may soon apply effective 1 December 2015   What’s New? Exemptions and Concessions Residential Land The ATO may soon have…

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17 Nov 2015

Granny Flats – What you need to know!

Are you considering constructing a granny flat? It is important that you understand the relevant local government planning requirements and processes prior to construction of any granny flat. Are you the owner of an existing…

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13 Oct 2015

How is property divided after the end of a marriage?

After children, perhaps the most pressing issue when a marriage comes to an end involves the division of property. The property the court is able to deal with must arise out of the “marital relationship”,…

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22 Sep 2015

Do you have an adult child, parent or spouse who lacks either physical or mental capacity to look after their financial and legal affairs, or perhaps their health and lifestyle?

Circumstances in which an application to the State Administrative Tribunal (WA) (SAT) for the appointment of an administrator and or guardian may be appropriate. Even if a caretaker is available to assist and make the…

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22 Sep 2015

What is a caveat? And how does it affect land ownership in Australia?

Australians are understandably fiercely protective about land ownership, and the Torrens system is a reflection of the value attached to property. The primary purpose of Torrens is to provide certainty in relation to title, but…

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11 Sep 2015

It’s my money so why can’t I leave it to whoever I like?

You may have recently viewed SBS Insight on Tuesday 8th September 2015 which featured a program on contesting wills. See the full video here. During the program, presenter Jenny Brockie interviewed beneficiaries who spoke of…

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07 Sep 2015

An introduction to the court process for child-related proceedings and family law matters

Due to the high emotion involved with family law matters, the law encourages parties to resolve disputes without having to resort to litigation. However, there may be some matters that cannot be easily resolved, therefore,…

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01 Sep 2015

Is defective design a builder’s shield to a complaint of unsatisfactory work?

The recent decision delivered by the Supreme Court of Western Australia in DIPLOMA CONSTRUCTION (WA) PTY LTD (Diploma) -v- SOUTH CENTRAL WA PTY LTD (South Central) [2015] WASC 289 may send shivers down the spine of many…

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