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Can I Challenge A Will

Can I Challenge A Will

Posted on Thursday 30th July 2015

A question that is often asked by someone who is disappointed at having been left out of a will is whether they are entitled to challenge the will and if so what their likely entitlement might be upon a challenge.

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The Rights of Beneficiaries to access and view Trust Documentation

The Rights of Beneficiaries to access and view Trust Documentation

Posted on Thursday 7th May 2015

Trustees of a trust have strict and sometime onerous obligations upon them. They must act properly in accordance with the trust instrument and discharge their obligations under the Trusts Act Qld (1973).

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Employment Agreements for On-Site Staff and Husband & Wife Managers

Employment Agreements for On-Site Staff and Husband & Wife Managers

Posted on Tuesday 9th December 2014

Introduction The landscape of industrial law can be a minefield. This is partly because we have seen, in the past 10 years, a procession of different governments passing and subsequently repealing, numerous pieces of industrial legislation. To complicate matters further, we have moved in more recent years from a system involving State and Federal industrial laws and Industrial Commissions, to a more centralised federal scheme. In this context, there has been an award modernisation process resulting in a reduction of the total number of applicable awards from the thousands down to 122.

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Out with PAMDA - In with Property Occupations Act & changes to Licensing Laws

Out with PAMDA - In with Property Occupations Act & changes to Licensing Laws

Posted on Tuesday 18th November 2014

PROPERTY OCCUPATIONS ACT 2014 Limited changes with effect from 1st December 2014 Eligibility for licences Automatic licensing for existing licenses Body Corporate approval no longer required Importance of By-laws Requirement to live on-site Changed requirements to have an office Relationship to contiguous complexes - multiple building licence Requirement for licensed person to be in charge Licensed Director

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Property developers welcome Land Sales Act and Body Corporate and Community Management Act changes

Property developers welcome Land Sales Act and Body Corporate and Community Management Act changes

Posted on Monday 20th October 2014

16 October 2014 The Land Sales and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (“Act”) was passed by the Queensland Parliament and received Royal Assent on 26 September, 2014. The commencement date is tied to the commencement of the Property Occupations Act 2014.

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Shareholder Agreements - Do I need one?

Shareholder Agreements - Do I need one?

Posted on Thursday 2nd October 2014

BACKGROUND - We are often approached by clients wanting to establish a new business querying whether such business should be held in their personal names or by some other structure such as a company, trust or partnership. The addition of other parties not controlled by the client (ie a business partner) adds complexity to the advice required and set-up for the client.

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What is the future at law of our strata titled buildings?

What is the future at law of our strata titled buildings?

Posted on Friday 12th September 2014

I would like to share with your readers some of my thoughts and the details of an interesting matter I recently handled which covers the legalities of what happens when a building could be approaching its "used by date". Apart from the practicalities of determining what the fate of a building should be, the question of how it all is determined brings into play not only the law but also personal greed, failure of community of interest and the reasoning behind some people's advice.

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Personal Injuries Claims & Refunds to Private Helath Insurers

Personal Injuries Claims & Refunds to Private Helath Insurers

Posted on Monday 18th August 2014

Most personal injuries cases usually require medical or hospital treatment. This treatment is often paid, in part, by Medicare and/or a private health insurer. To the extent past treatment expenses have been paid by a private health insurer, it may be a requirement of the insurance policy that if damages or compensation is recovered, then the treatment costs must be refunded to the insurer.

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