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Christmas Eve Part-Day Public Holiday

The Queensland Government has implemented a part-day public holiday from 6pm to midnight on Christmas Eve. What does this mean for you & your business? Declaring a public holiday from 6pm will provide employees with the right to be absent from work on that part of...

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Buying & Selling at Christmas

It’s that time of year again, the holiday season is upon us! It’s very common for clients to buy and sell property in the time coming up to Christmas. What does this mean for contract conditions and settlement dates over the break, as most solicitor's offices are shut...

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Elder abuse is on the rise!

Recently Scott Lorback and I presented seminars in the Sunshine Coast libraries to inform the public about issues relating to their wills and estates, powers of attorney documents and also to make the community aware of the prevalence and rise of elder abuse in our...

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No more Paper Titles

Although conveyancing in Queensland has been able to slowly filter out the number of paper titles in circulation over the years, up until October 1st there were still plenty of long-lost paper titles burdening the conveyancing process for Sellers and Buyers alike....

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Trustee Duties – be sure you are performing all of them?

Fiduciary obligations of a trustee have been considered and addressed by the courts (over many centuries) and more recently within legislation also. They confirm how a trustee should act when administrating a trust. An often little considered (and easily overlooked)...

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Can an employee on sick leave be terminated?

The short answer; yes, but in very limited circumstances. The law attempts to strike a balance between appropriate protections for employees being dismissed when they are temporarily unable to work and for employers to have the ability to dismiss an employee who can...

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I want advice but I just can’t afford the fees?

Often in matrimonial cases there is a difference (sometimes a gulf) between the financial circumstances of one party compared to the other. One party might have accrued assets and income while the other party focused on the home and the children. This all works well...

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MADE Establishment back-pays workers $7.8 million

George Calombaris’s restaurant group, MADE Establishment Pty Ltd, has back-paid workers $7.8 million in wages and superannuation after entering into a Court-Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO). The MADE Establishment was investigated by the...

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From trainee to Business Manager

Every week in high school we used to get a day off to “study”. For a lot of my fellow classmates this meant going to the beach and hanging out. But I wanted to do something useful on my days off so when my teachers encouraged me to partake in a traineeship to further...

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What happens to my super when I die?

For most Australians approaching retirement age, superannuation is a significant asset, and for many it is second in value only to their home. Clients are often surprised to learn that their superannuation does not automatically form part of their deceased estate and...

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