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...Read More

Humanitarian Visas

Australia operates a dedicated Humanitarian Visa Program, that offers resettlement for refugees and other overseas individuals who are in dire humanitarian need and also require protection. Despite opinions to the contrary Australia is one of the world’s most generous...Read More

Do you know when to update your Will?

Most people know that a valid Will determines how their assets are dealt with after they are gone. Wills generally provide for the appointment of a trusted executor/s and the leaving of gifts to chosen beneficiaries. They may also appoint guardians for minor children...Read More

Windfalls and family law property settlements

When parties understand and comply with the process for determining how property is divided after the breakdown of a relationship requiring genuine steps to be taken towards dispute resolution this facilitates most matters being settled without Court proceedings. The...Read More

The process of obtaining Probate

Probate is a grant made by the Supreme Court of New South Wales that ‘proves’ the Will of a deceased person and vests title to the estate’s assets in the named executor/s. This is the official process that enables the executor to legally deal with the deceased’s...Read More

Making your Will after remarrying or repartnering

In the children’s story of the’ Magic Pudding’ by the Australian author Norman Lindsay, no matter how many slices were eaten, the pudding renewed itself. In life that is less likely to occur. But it is foreseeable that at different stages of life a person’s assets...Read More

Retirement Living – Life beyond bingo and bowls!

Not surprisingly people talk about buying their first home as being a life changing event and it is. However, in the past it has been rare for people to talk so excitedly about moving into some form of retirement living. Given that sooner or later most of us are...Read More

The law of easements

Many people have heard of an easement, but what is it? In general terms, it is a right to use property belonging to someone else. Ordinarily, we think of property rights as sacred – why should anyone else be able to use my property? However, an easement is an...Read More