When 5 + 5 Doesn’t = 10

With housing prices at an all-time high, deposits of less than 10% are progressively becoming normal. Often, the deposit is split in half; 5% to be paid on exchange and

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How to Avoid Having an ‘Unfair Will’

You hear a lot about “unfair wills'” in ads these days. On TV, billboards and radios, so many solicitors out there want you to fight an “unfair will”. You can’t

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The Hidden Cost of Going to Court

Anyone who has sued someone or been sued will tell you in great detail about how much it cost them but this is only a small part of the story.

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Happenings Inside & Legal

Sometimes when you run with an idea you’re unsure where it will end up and if it will deliver what you intended. In 2016, & Legal decided to partner with

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Insolvency Reforms

From 1 July 2018, a number of wide-ranging reforms to Australia’s corporate insolvency regime will commence. The Treasury Laws Amendment (2017) Enterprise Incentives No.2) Bill 2017  and the Bankruptcy Amendment (Enterprise Incentives)

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Does Your Trust Own a Residential Property in NSW?

If your trust owns or is purchasing residential property, it may be liable for a NSW land tax surcharge of 0.75% for the 2017 land tax year and 2% from

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Dismissal in Fixed-Term Contracts

In the recent case of Saeid Khayam v Navitas English Pty Ltd [2017] FWCFB 5162, the court overturned an earlier decision in Department of Justice v Lunn (2006) 158 IR 410, ruling that

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The Benefits of Death

Distributions from a deceased’s superannuation fund are referred to as “death benefits”. As with retail funds, death benefits, when distributed from a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) are categorised separately to

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The Case of the Hidden Liability

The holiday season is over and by now all of your team has returned to work. Although it may seem counter intuitive, now is a good time for businesses to

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Improving the Integrity of GST on Property Transactions

On 9 May 2017, the Government announced that it will strengthen compliance with the GST law by requiring purchasers of newly constructed residential properties or new subdivisions to remit the

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