Separation under the same roof

Can you be separated and still live in the same house? An unfortunate casualty of tougher financial times is often the marriage. If the marriage does break down, the extra financial burden of renting alternative accommodation, moving and setting up another home can be extremely daunting if not impossible, especially when there are children involved. […]

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Loans to Family Members

It comes as no surprise that with the rapid rise in mortgage interest rates experienced by homeowners over the last 18 months, “MORTGAGE STRESS” is now becoming a very real issue for many in the community. This is particularly the case for first home buyers who may have purchased their property within the last few

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Impatient Beneficiaries? When Can the Assets of an Estate be distributed?

Understandably, once a beneficiary learns of their inheritance, they are generally very eager to know when they should expect to receive it. Similarly, most executors are just as eager to complete their duties and distribute the assets to the beneficiaries as quickly as possible. So, what exactly needs to be done and when can the

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Legal Urban Myths

Over my years as a solicitor I have had the opportunity of listening to many clients telling me about how they understand the law and how their matter should be handled. The myths and legends that seem to circulate through the community year after year are often very amusing from my point of view but

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Marriage/Relationship Breakdown – Property Settlements

Relationship breakdowns & Property Settlements It’s no dark secret that marriage / relationship breakdowns are commonplace in our community. Here are some interesting Australian statistics: (based on 2019 figures):- – The average marriage lasts for 12.2 years. – Marriages between 5 and 9 years have the highest rate of breakdown. – The average age for

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Dying without a Will

When a person dies without a Will, it is referred to as dying ‘intestate’. If this happens, an application needs to be made to the Supreme Court for ‘Letters of Administration’ – a document providing the court’s formal approval for someone to administer the estate of the deceased. Who can apply to administer a deceased

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A win for pet owners

When finding the right home, you want to make sure the entire family can move in, this, of course, includes four-legged and other animal members. In late 2020, the NSW Court of Appeal handed down a decision that was a win for the pets. Strata by-laws can currently include a blanket ban on pets for

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