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Posted on 4 Mar 2015

Fencing Laws in Victoria

The Fencing Act 1968 (Act) has been amended by the Fences Amendment Act 2014 (Amendment Act) which commenced on 22 September 2014. The Amendment Act aims to facilitate fairer dealings between neighbours over shared dividing fences and…

Posted on 4 Mar 2015

Who can challenge my will?

Many clients assume they can, on death, leave their assets to whomever they choose.  They are dismayed to learn, when instructing a lawyer to prepare their will, that it can be challenged. Until recently,…

Posted on 4 Dec 2014

Caveats

What is a caveat and how does it work? The word caveat derives from Latin and means ‘beware’. A caveat maybe lodged over the title to a property and acts as a warning to…

Posted on 4 Oct 2014

International Issues in Family Law

With more and more Australians living and/or working abroad and in a relationship with nationals from other countries it is important to understand when it is appropriate to obtain Family Law Orders in Australia….

Posted on 4 Sep 2014

Changes to the Sale of Land Act 1963 (Vic)

As many Real Estate Agents may be aware, from 1 October 2014 changes to section 32 of the Sale of Land Act 1962 (Vic) (Act) will come into effect. Under the new section 32 statement requirements,…

Posted on 4 Aug 2014

Mortgages – Power of Sale

A mortgage creates a security interest in land in favour of the mortgagee (lending institution e.g. Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Banking Corporation and National Australia Bank). The mortgagee does not become the owner…

Posted on 4 Jul 2014

What is a Terms Contract or Vendor’s Finance?

Definition of a Terms Contract A contract of sale can be a terms contract on either of two bases: If the purchaser is obliged by the contract to make two or more payments after…

Posted on 4 Jul 2014

Pros and Cons of Buying Off the Plan

What does it mean to buy “off the plan”? Buying off the plan means that you are buying a lot on an unregistered plan of subdivision. For example, a landowner may own a large…

Posted on 4 Jul 2014

Owner Builder Obligations under the Sale of Land Act 1932

Pursuant to the Sale of Land Act 1962 (Vic), a vendor is required to disclose in the vendor’s statement whether any building permits have been issued for the property in the last 7 years. Where a…

Posted on 4 Jul 2014

Amendments to Section 32 of the Sale of Land Act

The Sale of Land Amendment Act 2014 (Vic) (Amendment Act) will amend the Sale of Land Act 1962 (Vic) (SLA). The purpose of the Amendment Act is to re-enact, reform and modernise the provisions relating to statements made…