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How Celeste Barber is teaching us about Trust Funds

If you’ve turned on the TV or radio in the last week, chances are you’ve heard about the discussions happening between Celeste Barber’s lawyers and the lawyers representing the RFS. In short, Celeste Barber has raised over $50m in funds to assist the people affected...

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Ethical Dilemmas in Law

As lawyers, it’s our responsibility to uphold the law, but at the same time provide legal representation and advice to a client. In some cases, though, this can be tricky, particularly if the advice being sought goes against the law. We’re often faced with moral and...

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Be Product Aware When a faulty or defective product goes bad

The range of building products currently available on the Australian market is larger than ever before, and growing more every day. This growth (particularly with many products being manufactured overseas) can make it difficult to verify the product quality, and if...

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Employment Law Risk and Compliance Assessment

Industrial relations and employment law in Australia is a complex system which brings together current national and state frameworks as well as transitional arrangements from previous legislation and regulation. Greenhalgh Pickard has developed this checklist to...

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Investing in new property investment in your SMSF?

If you're purchasing new residential property or potential residential land as part of your SMSF investment portfolio, there may be GST considerations to be aware of. History In the May 2017 Federal Budget, the Government announced the withholding obligation. This...

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Why Succession Planning is important for your company

A succession plan is a critical but often overlooked process for companies. In short, a succession plan is a strategy for identifying and developing future leaders at your company, across all levels, and are used to address the inevitable changes that can occur. It...

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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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