Circumstances where you may be able to challenge a Will

Inadequate Provision One of the most common reasons a person would challenge a Will is where that person feels like inadequate provision was made for them by the deceased. In… read more


Changes for Registered Charities and Prescribed Associations in South Australia

As of 1 December 2016, charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (“ACNC”) have had their administration burden cut in relation to fundraising in South Australia. Changes to… read more


Insurance for Not-For-Profit Organisations

Not-for-profit organisations operate in much the same way as that of for profit businesses in terms of the need to put in place an effective risk management process. A key… read more


Charities and DGR Status

If you see a Charity that advertises along the lines of “donations over $2.00 are tax deductible” this means that the Charity has been endorsed by the ATO as a Deductible… read more


Financial Settlements Part 1 (Short marriages/Defacto relationship)

It is generally considered that a marriage/ Defacto Relationship 5 years or under to be a “short marriage/relationship”. In short marriages the “rules” are a little different with regard to… read more


Tenancy and Wills

When purchasing a property jointly you need to decide whether to purchase the property as joint tenants or as tenants in common. Joint tenants mean you both own an undivided… read more


Did you know that you need to attend a Family Dispute Resolution Conference before you can commence Court proceedings in Family Law children’s issues?

The Family Law Act 1975 requires parties to make an attempt to resolve parenting issues using a Family Dispute Resolution service before applying to the Court for a parenting order…. read more


Separation and your Estate when you do not have a Will (Wills & Estates)

As we mentioned in our last article it is not uncommon for parties to separate, and even have a property settlement but not legally Divorce. Unfortunately it is also not… read more


Separation and your Estate when you have a Will (Wills & Estates)

Separated but not divorced?  Your former spouse might still have a claim against your estate. It is not uncommon for parties to separate, and even have a property settlement but… read more


Applying for a Divorce – Part 3 of 3 Articles (Family Law)

              How do I serve the Application? If you applied for a divorce with your spouse (a joint application), you and your spouse each… read more


Applying for a Divorce – Part 2 of 3 Articles (Family Law)

Where can I obtain an Application for Divorce form and where do I file? You can obtain a Divorce Application kit at the following link: You can also attend… read more


Applying for a Divorce – Part 1 of 3 Articles (Family Law)

Applying for a Divorce can be an emotional and difficult decision. Australia has a no-fault divorce system. The Court is not interested in why your marriage ended. The grounds for… read more


What is a power of attorney and what is the difference between a general power of attorney and an enduring power of attorney?

Power of attorney A power of attorney is a legal document appointing another person the authority to make financial decisions on your behalf. Financial decisions relate to the management of… read more


What is an Advance Care Directive and do I need one?

On 1 July 2014, the new Advance Care Directives came into effect replacing Enduring Powers of Guardianship, Medical Powers of Attorney and Anticipatory Directions. If you already have a valid… read more


Protecting your Brand

Last week we saw aspiring NFL star Jarryd Hayne commence the process to trade mark his own name in a move to “protect his own brand”. So, what does this… read more


My spouse and I have agreed upon a property division, what should we do now? (Family Law)

Where you and your spouse have come to an agreement in relation to the division of your property, it is important that you document your agreement in an enforceable manner…. read more


GST Exemption for Overseas Online Purchases soon to be a thing of the past

For those of you who are frequent on line shoppers on overseas websites, last Friday’s announcement from the Federal and State Treasurers to scrap the GST exemption for imported goods… read more


Changes to South Australian Stamp Duty Laws

The 2015-16 State Budget introduced a number of much welcomed stamp duty changes. The most significant of these changes relate to an abolition of stamp duty on business transactions and… read more


Employment Law – Increase to the Minimum Wage

It is that time of the year again where the Fair Work Commission announces its annual wage review.  As of 1 July 2015 there is a 2.5% increase to minimum… read more


What is a subpoena? (Family Law)

(Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia) In these Courts a party to the proceedings (for instance the husband or the wife) can issue a legal document… read more


Family Law – The End of Division 7A Exemptions on Matrimonial Property Settlements

In August 2014, the ATO released Taxation Ruling 2014/5.  This ruling confirmed that the payment of money or transfer of property from the profits of a private company on the… read more


Flexible working arrangements

Given the type of lives we now live in, it’s not surprising for flexible working arrangements to become part and parcel of working life.  The National Employment Standards, which apply… read more


Do you need a new will? (Wills)

With the new year having just come and gone, now would be a good time to reflect on whether there were major changes that occurred to you over the past… read more