14 December 2016

Congratulations to an arts advocate

Taking my beloved legal hat off for a moment, and putting my beloved hat on as Chair of the Perth Theatre Trust, I am very pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Tanya Sim to the Board of Trustees of the Perth Theatre Trust. Tanya is one of the co-founders and is Managing Director of Block […]

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13 December 2016

If I’m bankrupt, can I still sue?

In a nutshell, with very limited exceptions, the answer to this question is no. When a person becomes bankrupt, then under the Bankruptcy Act: All of the property they have at the time they are declared bankrupt automatically vests in the Official Trustee in Bankruptcy. In other words, it becomes the property of the Official […]

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11 December 2016

Power of Attorney and its increasing misuse

There is a discussion paper due tomorrow that highlights the scourge of misuse of Powers of Attorney and the failure of our system nationally to adequately address this.  The paper will be released by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) tomorrow which includes proposals to deal with the rise in financial abuse of the elderly […]

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9 December 2016

Does a verbal agreement signify a binding contract?

If you enter into an agreement in writing, such as when you sign an offer and acceptance to purchase a house or you enter into a contract of employment, it is generally accepted that you have entered into a legally binding contract. I am regularly asked whether a verbal agreement or an unsigned contract can […]

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4 December 2016

Is your business making one of these common mistakes we see all too often?

As the year comes to a close we’ve taken a look back at what were the most common mistakes we saw businesses make from a legal perspective.  We wanted to share these with you to ensure you don’t do the same. Accepting handshake deals. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of properly documenting any agreement […]

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30 November 2016

The best gift you can give your family this Christmas?

No, it’s not cash, jewellery, the latest toys or gadgets, or even peace on earth and goodwill amongst men (although that is always something to aim for). It’s certainty. The best gift you can give your loved ones is the certainty that you have made proper provision for them when you die; leaving them a […]

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29 November 2016

A red letter day for Australia

We are thrilled to note the appointment of  Justice Susan Kiefel to the position of new Chief Justice of the High Court, replacing Chief Justice Robert French who retires due to the mandatory age limit of 70 years. A brilliant jurist, we have admired her decisions on the High Court for years, and we congratulate […]

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25 November 2016

Who looks after a business or property when a person dies and there is a dispute over the Will?

There is a relatively uncommon, but very useful process known as a grant of administration ad colligenda bona defuncti. This obscure Latin phrase hides a simple concept; that someone can be appointed by the Court ‘to collect the deceased’s goods’. This is very useful where assets need to be dealt with, in particular where there […]

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3 November 2016

Our love affair with the family home

Tim Ross’s new show Streets of Your Town premiers on ABC next week – I’ll be taking a front seat to watch; it looks like a ripper. A great reminder of the beauty of some of Australia’s best domestic architecture – and also of the importance the family home has in all our lives. I […]

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26 October 2016

What to know when appointing an Executor, or agreeing to be one

The Executor and Trustee of your Will is a person, or more than one person, who you appoint to carry out your wishes as contained in your Will. They must apply for a grant of probate of your Will which means they must prove they are who they say they are, how much the estate […]

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