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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

I Object! Giving Evidence in Court

Here are some expert tips on how to prepare and what to expect. What is Giving Evidence? In legal proceedings, each party has a different ‘case’ or position that they are trying to convince the Court is the ‘best’ case. In order to satisfy the Court that their case is the better option, they need

Why You Should Register a Trade Mark for Your Business Name?

Business Law     

What is a trade mark? A trade mark is the key to distinguish your business and product from others. A trade mark can be in the form of words, a picture, a logo, a sound, a smell, an animation or a combination of these. You may register your brand name (i.e. Nike), product name (i.e.

Protecting your estate from challenges

Spouses and children are at one end of the spectrum of potential challengers to a Will. It is uncontroversial that they should not be put out on the street after your death. When we talk about protecting an estate from challenge, it is not these people that we are talking about. At the other end

What are the Rights of a Commercial Landlord?

Property Law     

In a nutshell, a Landlord’s rights arise from the written Lease Agreement between the parties. For example, under a standard Law Institute of Victoria Lease Agreement, a Landlord has the right to: Charge rent and have the rent reviewed in accordance with the Lease. Charge outgoings, which may include rates, insurance charges, and other operation