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What is a property settlement and can you get it done before your divorce?

If you are separated and heading for divorce, consider finalising your property settlement as soon as possible to secure the best outcome for your future. What is property? Property refers to all your assets, financial resources, superannuation and liabilities. The Family Law Act defines property as being the ‘net asset pool’ which can include: matrimonial […]

Pitfalls to avoid when buying or selling a house

Whether you are a buyer or a seller, a first-home buyer, an investor, or a seasoned household owner, there are many mistakes that people make in conveyancing.  Here are a few of the most common mistakes: using incorrect spelling or informal names on the contract failing to meet contract deadlines failing to obtain searches (as […]

What happens to your assets if you die without a will?

Read about what will happen to your assets if you die without a Will. If you die without a will, you are said to have passed away ‘intestate’. This means your estate (your assets) will be administered and distributed according to Queensland’s laws of intestacy. Having a will allows you to legally protect your spouse, […]

What to look for when engaging an estate administration lawyer

Wills and estate administration is a highly litigated area of law requiring solicitors to be extremely vigilant.  A solicitor failing to ask a relatively mundane question can lead to terrible consequences for a client and beneficiaries of a will such as a beneficiary not acquiring their beneficial interest or ending up in costly litigation. The […]

Changes in GST Withholding rule for Conveyancing.

Buyers and sellers: responsibilities Recently a GST Withholding rule was added to the tax laws. This new rule changes the responsibilities of sellers and buyers. In the past, the seller (company or individual) was responsible for holding onto the GST amount from the sale of new residential property or potential residential land.  This law does […]

The ATO is targeting landlords.

The Australian Taxation Office (‘ATO’) aka the ‘tax man,’ is targeting landlords and there are three instances where a landlord needs to tread carefully. In recent years, the ATO are engaging in data matching, using real property rental bond data from the States and Territories in an effort to catch out taxpayers, who have not […]

GPS tracking as a bail condition

As of 31 March, 2018 Queensland courts can now compel a person, accused of committing serious domestic violence offences, to be fitted with a GPS tracking device, as a condition of their bail. This initiative was one of the recommendations of the report entitled, ‘Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family […]

Should you and your ex make a Binding Child Support Agreement?

Binding Child Support Agreements are agreements about the payment of Child Support from one parent to the other to support children.  Much like an assessment for Child Support from the Child Support Agency, there can be an agreement between the parents for the payment of periodic child support, but there are also provisions for non-periodic […]

How to prepare for a Family Report Interview

What is a Family Report? A Family Report is a document prepared by a Family Report Writer or Family Consultant. It provides information about you, your children and your family to assist the Judge and the parties make decisions about what arrangements are best for the children. Family Consultants are qualified counsellors or psychologists, with […]