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Posted on 4 Jul 2014

Wills and Superannuation

A common misconception arises when people make Wills assuming that their superannuation forms part of their estate and can be gifted in their Will.  This is not the case. Superannuation funds and benefits now…

Posted on 4 Jul 2014

VCAT Amendment Act 2014

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act has been recently amended and has now come into effect. Significant changes in particular are made with respect to the role of expert witnesses in VCAT matters….

Posted on 4 Jul 2014

Independent Contractors v Employees

It is often a complex question to determine whether an individual undertaking services or work is doing so as an “independent contractor” or whether, in truth, the individual is an “employee” of the organisation…

Posted on 4 Jul 2014

Bullying in the Workplace

Fair Work Act 2009 was amended in 2013 to provide the Fair Work Commission with broad powers to make orders to prevent workplace bullying. Workplace Bullying Bullying, whether in the school yard or at work,…

Posted on 4 Jul 2014

Supplying Goods and Services on Credit

Business proprietors often agree to trade with their clients and customers where “credit terms” are the norm. Businesses in so doing need to ensure that their documentation is adequate. Terms of Trade When contracting…

Posted on 4 Jul 2014

Small Business. Appropriate Legal Structure

When setting up a new business or considering a restructure, important considerations as to the type of structure, how assets are to be held, how the business is to be conducted, and how personal…

Posted on 3 Jul 2014

Residential Tenancies

The Victorian Law Reform Commission is undertaking a review of the Residential Tenancies Act particularly with reference to the common practice of landlords and their agent photographing premises to show prospective buyers or new…

Posted on 3 Jul 2014

Reminder to use New Form Disclosure Statements

We are still, from time to time, seeing outdated Disclosure Statements being used. The new Retail Leases Regulations 2013 (Vic), which applies to retail premises leases, came into operation on 22 April 2013. Amongst…

Posted on 3 Jul 2014

Privacy Law Reform

The Privacy Act 1988 has recently been amended to make a number of significant changes to privacy laws in Australia. The most important changes include: The Privacy Act now includes a set of 13…

Posted on 3 Jul 2014

Personal Loan Agreements

In any circumstances where a loan of money is to be made, a formal agreement should be prepared and executed. It occurs from time to time that individuals make loans to family members, friends,…