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THE 15% TAX TRAP ON SUPERANNUATION DISTRIBUTIONS (Why you might need a “Conflict of Interest” clause in your EPOA)

  • May 12, 2021

After death, any money that the deceased was still holding in their Superannuation Fund must be distributed out. According to the usual Superannuation rules, the payment of this money is made in line with written instructions* and is typically directed to the deceased’s surviving spouse and/or family members. Under tax laws however, these payments will…

Sharing Family Finances with an Enduring Power of Attorney in place?

  • May 12, 2021

Sharing financial assistance within family networks such as interest free loans, lump sum gifts and even contributing to the cost of the construction of a granny flat for personal occupancy occur all the time. Usually, these arrangements go on between Parents and their adult children but can also be between adult siblings and/or spouses. Commonly,…

DIVORCE: How can you pick a good Family Lawyer from a bad one?

  • November 26, 2020

DIVORCE How can you pick a good Family Lawyer from a bad one? The selection criteria to choose a Lawyer for representation in a relationship breakdown is usually restricted to what can be seen from alluring websites, advertising and the Lawyer’s own boasts about levels of experience and longevity in the industry. The truth of…

Are Sate COVID boarder closures legal?

  • October 19, 2020

Are Sate COVID boarder closures legal? Recent decisions of various state governments around Australia to close their borders for protection against the spread of COVID infections has been a source of comfort for some, frustration for others and a degree of confusion for practically everybody. The power by which each State (and Territory) can individually/unilaterally…

Why litigate your family law matter when you can mediate?

  • October 12, 2020

Why litigate your family law matter when you can mediate? Sorting out the division of property/debts and resolving ongoing care arrangements for children is often very problematic at the end of a relationship. If the couple cannot agree, they have the option of putting the dispute into the Family Court and having a Judge resolve…

The February 2020 Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence – Part 2

  • August 13, 2020

The February 2020 Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence Did it fail? PART 2 Well, let’s look at some of the recent statistics: The overall number of deaths has fluctuated but shown no sustained decrease; There’s been less physical violence since the 90’s but an increase in sexual assaults; and In Queensland, we’ve had a double-digit…

The February 2020 Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence – Part 1

  • July 23, 2020

The February 2020 Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence. Did it fail? PART 1 Following the horrific murder of Hannah Clarke and her three children in February this year, our Federal Senate referred an inquiry to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee to report on and grade the efficiency of our current strategies in combating domestic…

ARE YOUR TREES UNDER THREAT FROM YOUR NEIGHBOURS

  • June 15, 2020

ARE YOUR TREES UNDER THREAT FROM YOUR NEIGHBOURS An abundance of plants and tree life in a garden is for many a wonderful thing but sometimes those same plants and trees provoke complaints from a neighbour over unwanted shade, obstruction of views or even damage from tree branches or roots. In these scenarios the affected…

How does Covid-19 impact on legal services and the law

  • May 9, 2020

How does Covid-19 impact on legal services and the law Although undoubtedly, the present restrictions on human contact and movement are having an unpresented impact upon Australia’s economic prosperity and these same factors are undoubtedly impacting also on many people from a mental health perspective. For the most part, none of these restrictions should effect…

Impact of Covid -19 Issues on Family Law Child Care Arrangements

  • April 10, 2020

Impact of Covid -19 Issues on Family Law Child Care Arrangements With the rapid spread of Covid-19 infections worldwide and the consequent sudden and dramatic government imposed restrictions on human movement and general contact, separated families which have been operating under existing Family Court consent orders, parenting plans and/or personal informal agreements are understandably in…