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Posted on 24 May 2021

When should I make a power of attorney?

Some clients feel they are too young to worry about putting a power of attorney in place, and that it is something for later in life. Sadly we also see clients who have left…

Posted on 24 May 2021

Family Trusts – beware the 8% duty surcharge

If you are purchasing residential property in your discretionary (family) trust, or may in future, then read on. In 2015, Victoria introduced an 8% stamp duty surcharge for foreign purchasers of residential property. This…

Posted on 18 Dec 2019

How long do my partner and I have to live together before we are classed as in a de facto relationship?

A common question family lawyers get asked is: What is the time frame that we have to be living together to be classed as in a de facto relationship. Is it six months? It…

Posted on 6 Dec 2019

Risks of landlords failing to provide retail leases estimates of outgoings

A recent VCAT decision will be of concern for landlords who fail to provide estimates of outgoings as required under the Retail Leases Act. Section 46 of the Retail Leases Act requires landlords of…

Posted on 6 Dec 2019

New Ministerial Determination which exempts farm leases from Retail Leases Act

The Minister for Small Business has published a Ministerial Determination which exempts farm leases from the Retail Leases Act. Farm leases excluded from the operation of the Act include leases of premises under which…

Posted on 26 Nov 2019

Proposed Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2019

A new Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2019 (Vic) has been tabled before the Victorian Parliament. If passed, the Bill will amend the Building Act 1993 and the Retail Leases Act 2003. The purpose of…

Posted on 26 Nov 2019

Supporting employees through family and domestic violence

As part of the National Employment Standards, employees are now entitled to take up to five days of unpaid leave each year when they are experiencing or dealing with the effects of family and…