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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

Do I have a caveatable interest?

Property Law     

What is a caveatable interest? A caveatable interest is an interest in a property that allows a caveat to be registered on title to the property. A Caveat can be a very useful tool to protect your interest in a property. However, in Victoria, there are quite strict rules governing instances where you can lodge

Do grandparents have rights?

Family Law     

We are often asked, “Do grandparents have rights to see their grandchildren?” To answer this, it must first be acknowledged that children and/or grandchildren have the right to know and spend time with their family, whether they are immediate or extended family members. It’s often thought that parents have rights or, in this instance, that

Checklist for starting a Charity or Not-For-Profit

Starting a Charity or Not-For-Profit (“NFP”) can be an exciting time. However, there are a number of aspects to consider before taking the plunge, particularly as registered charities have ongoing obligations to the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission (“ACNC”). 1. Consider the purpose A charity must have a charitable purpose, as defined in the Charities

How does a Death Benefit Nomination work?

A Death Benefit Nomination is a tool utilised to distribute superannuation savings to a beneficiary. The Australian legal system separates an individual’s personal assets from their superannuation. Unlike a deceased’s bank accounts or property, which form part of their estate and will be distributed in accordance with their Will, superannuation savings can be directed straight