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Does your superannuation policy cover you for disablement?

Many of us are guilty of not carefully reading the clauses in our superannuation fund deed and other documents and are just content to let our employer make fortnightly contributions and hope that we have enough money put away to retire on if the time ever arrives....
7 February, 2022

Parenting arrangements following separation

Following a separation parents do not necessarily have to go to court regarding the care arrangements for their children. As a matter of principle our clients are encouraged to try to reach an agreement if possible without the need to resort to the Family Law...
7 February, 2022

Why everyone needs a Power of Attorney

Most people over 18 years of age should consider having a Power of Attorney in place. A Power of Attorney is a legal document made by a person (known as the principal or donor) that authorises one or more others, on behalf of the principal, to do anything the...
20 December, 2021

Top tips for reducing legal fees in your family law matter

Family law proceedings can become very stressful. It is natural to be concerned about legal fees. However, your family law fees do not necessarily have to skyrocket. We have provided our top 10 tips on ways in which you can help to keep your legal fees reasonable!...
20 December, 2021

Self managed super funds – buying property

Since 2007, self-managed super funds (SMSF) have been permitted to borrow money to invest in all types of real property including residential property, commercial property and industrial property. Prior to 2007, SMSFs could purchase property but were not permitted to...
20 December, 2021

What happens when a person dies insolvent?

Insolvency in estate matters occurs when the deceased person’s estate is unable to meet its debts when they become payable and the estate assets are insufficient to meet its liabilities. These estates are administered differently to solvent estates, particularly where...
2 November, 2021

The role and responsibilities of a trustee in South Australia

A trust is a vehicle through which property is legally held by a trustee for the benefit of others. It separates the beneficial and legal ownership of property. The parties to a trust are the settlor (person creating the trust), the trustee (the legal owner of trust...
2 November, 2021

Obtaining interim orders in the Family Courts

Separated couples who are unable to resolve matters regarding parenting and finances through mutual agreement can apply for interim orders in the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia. Interim orders are “temporary orders” and usually made as a matter of...
2 November, 2021

Social media and family law – Just don’t do it!

Social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and the like – can be a lot of fun and have become an accepted part of modern life.  Many of us use such forms of electronic communication to share the exciting, as well as the banal events in our...
23 September, 2021

Elder Abuse

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is 15 June each year. This annual event acknowledges the prevalence of elder abuse, educates communities and individuals to recognise the signs of abuse, and encourages loved ones victims and others to speak up and to seek support and...
23 September, 2021