Is work clothing tax deductible?

May 17th, 2019|

Some work clothing can be tax-deductible, along with the costs of cleaning and repairing such clothing. Most commonly and clearly, protective or unique clothing is deductible, however, [...]

Standard of building required in a lease….

March 13th, 2019|

When thinking about?terminating a lease, it is important for parties to both exercise caution and?obtain relevant legal advice. A recent case involved a lease where the landlord [...]

Should I get a ‘pre-nup’ (Binding Financial Agreement)?

March 5th, 2019|

An interesting article today in the magazine Lawyers Weekly re 'pre-nups': As quoted in the article by an experienced family lawyer; "...pre-nups were in the past [...]

Why are lawyers expensive?!

December 6th, 2018|

The decisions and judgement behind the result is much more than the result.... (With credit to the Smithsonian magazine)... [Henry] Ford, whose electrical engineers couldn't solve some [...]

The role of Deeds vs Agreements in settling disputes…

December 4th, 2018|

(With acknowledgements to Mondaq). Some of the key differences between deeds and agreements include: An agreement requires consideration to be valid. A deed does not require consideration. [...]

Dangers when buying a property – structural defects…

October 8th, 2018|

A cautionary tale in the news today: In summary, in most transactions (using the REIWA annexure), if a structural defect is detected, the seller of the [...]

Elder Abuse and its increasing prevalance

September 13th, 2018|

The elderly, particularly those who a lone or have a disability, have cultural barriers or are reliant on others, are at risk of financial abuse. Common forms [...]

Capital Gains in a deceased estate…

September 13th, 2018|

As a general rule, the trustees and beneficiaries of a deceased estate are able to disregard any CGT implications from the sale of a deceased person's principal [...]

When is someone an adult in the eyes of the law…

September 13th, 2018|

A fascinating case has arisen in the ACT: In summary, a girl born on February 29 2000, has been charged with offences committed on the day [...]

What if you pay money to the wrong bank account?

September 6th, 2018|

The ePayments Code regulates consumer electronic payment transactions, including ATM, EFTPOS and credit card transactions, online payments, internet and mobile banking, and BPAY. It was formerly known [...]

When life insurers don’t pay a claim…

September 6th, 2018|

It is a sad fact that insurers do not always pay a claim, and particularly so when the claim is made for life insurance by a family [...]

The Government Power of Compulsory Acquisition…

August 6th, 2018|

All levels of government ? local, state and federal ? have the ability to compulsorily acquire property from private owners in certain circumstances. Section 51(xxxi)?of the Constitution [...]

Latest Newsletter for Albany SMEs released today…

July 11th, 2018|

A new newsletter for SME (small and medium business) in Albany has been sent today to all local business clients: If you would like to join [...]

Is Main Roads liable for damage to your vehicle?

July 5th, 2018|

An interesting article about a melting road this week in northern QLD: Of course, bad roads can also occur in WA. What are your rights? Main [...]

Latest Legal News for Small and Medium Business

June 13th, 2018|

What can I do about bad online reviews if my business has 10 employees or less? Online reviews are of increasing importance for all businesses, but what [...]

The dangers of disproportionate legal fees….

June 8th, 2018|

The 23-year-old court battle over the collapse of Alan Bond?s Bell Group has so far cost $263 million in legal fees and charges, the latest figures reveal. [...]

The danger of being a guarantor/franchisee etc…

May 22nd, 2018|

Case in the news this week: Summary: Carolyn Flanagan cannot read or write, but used her home to guarantee daughter's business loan through Westpac. Increasingly, organisations [...]

The powers of the ATO in issuing garnishee notices…

May 16th, 2018|

An interesting article on ABC regarding the possible misuse of ATO garnishee notices: In my experience, garnishee notice are used less often for business than issuance [...]

Are ‘sharing economy’ food delivery services legal?

May 4th, 2018|

An interesting article on ABC on how UberEats classes themselves as a technology company rather than a delivery service.... how is the food moving?!

When is discrimination OK?

April 23rd, 2018|

Discimination is maybe not as simple as it appears to be. Ever wondered why females can enter a pub in a singlet while males cannot? An interesting [...]

Can you copyright white noise?

April 2nd, 2018|

An interesting article on ABC re a copyright claim for a Youtube upload of an audio track of white noise:? It deals with the requirements of [...]

Effect of same-sex marriage on Wills…

January 10th, 2018|

An interesting article on ABC today about the effect of same-sex marriages in Australia, which could be to render existing Wills of the partners as invalid: [...]