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Major changes to Long Service Leave Laws

Employment Law     

Long Service Leave Law changes Employees and employers are well aware that one of the entitlements accrued by employees is Long Service Leave. The Victorian Parliament has recently passed the Long Service Leave Bill (2017). This new legislation will come into force from early November 2018, at the latest, and contains some major changes. How

What Business Structure Should You Choose?

Business Law     

When starting a business, it is important to decide firstly the legal structure of the business. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ when it comes to business structures. Your options include operating as a sole proprietor, a partnership, a company or through a trust. You may even want to use a combination of these structures. This article

What is a Caveat?

Property Law     

What is a caveat? A caveat is an instrument that can be registered with Land Victoria to temporarily stop any dealings with a property. A caveat can prevent transfers of a property from being registered on the Certificate of Title and therefore stop someone from taking legal ownership of a property. You can find out

Underquoting in Real Estate Transactions

Property Law     

What are the obligations of real estate agents? The amendments to the Act took effect on 1 May 2017 and introduce a range of new measures against underquoting in residential property sales. The measures will now include the following: Property selling prices and likely selling prices must be specifically advertised either as a single price

Does an Identity Theft Victim need a Lawyer?

How to respond to identity theft Any cursory search of ‘identity theft help’ will give you hundreds of results on how to avoid and protect yourself from identity theft. This does not however tell you how to respond to, and deal with, the ongoing effects and consequences of identity theft. The difficulty in providing an

How to reduce legal fees in family law matters?

Family Law     

How to reduce legal fees in family law matters? Disputed family law proceedings, like many legal issues, can involve a lot of costs, leading to the question: how can I reduce legal fees in family law matters? There are certainly some tips and tricks that you can be aware of which may help reduce your

Changes to Intestacy Laws (Victoria, Australia)

Changes to Intestacy Laws (Victoria, Australia) In Victoria, if a person dies without a Will, they are said to have died intestate and their estate will be distributed in the manner set out in the Administration and Probate Act 1958 (Vic). In late 2017, significant changes were introduced to the intestacy provisions of the Act,

Newsflash: 2019 Federal Election and the implications for Employers and Employees

Business Law      Employment Law     

Newsflash: 2019 Federal Election and the implications for Employers and Employees The 2019 federal election promises to be the most significant election for employment and industrial relations since 2007, when Labor defeated the Coalition by promising to wind back the Coalition government’s controversial WorkChoices legislation. It’s a story the Labor Party wants to repeat in