24 August 2016

Is your business ready for the changes to the Australian Consumer Law?

On 1 July 2010, the Australian Consumer Law (‘the ACL’) began protecting individuals who enter into consumer contracts against unfair contract terms. More recently, it has been recognised that those protections should be extended to small businesses, who are similarly vulnerable in that they often lack the power and knowledge to negotiate the terms of […]

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19 August 2016

A new Inheritance tax by stealth?

Death duties were abolished in Australia in 1978, which at the time was something of an anomaly amongst the Western world.  Australia still remains one of the few rich countries without death duties or inheritance tax.  The Turnbull government has never openly ruled out a possible reintroduction of death duties, as evidenced here. And it […]

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17 August 2016

Obligations to make transitional changes under the Associations Incorporation Act – the need to knows

The Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (“the Act”) commenced on 1 July 2016. In a previous article, I posed the question “Are you ready?” Now that the changes are in place, I wanted to update you with some of the main transitional changes that every incorporated association needs to make to become compliant with the Act. A […]

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11 August 2016

Six of the worst mistakes I see people make when it comes to their Will

As an estate planner and Will drafting expert, I see, with quite alarming regularity, these same mistakes made over and over again. Some of them are understandable, but some have their genesis in nothing more than myth, superstition and urban legend.  All of them are usually disastrous. 1. Believing you don’t need a Will because you’re married. […]

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