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Family Violence Support During Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria

While the reasons to leave your home are now necessarily limited for Melbournians and Mitchell Shire residents during the current Stage 4 pandemic restrictions, it is important to remember that victims of family violence and abuse can leave the home to seek safety.  Unfortunately many Victorians enduring Stage 3 and Stage 4 restrictions have also […]

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DEEDS AND AGREEMENTS

Both deeds and agreements are instruments pursuant to which an agreement or deal is put in writing. There are however many differences between a contract and a deed and deciding which document is suitable depends on the circumstances. What is a deed? A deed is a binding promise or commitment to do something. A requirement […]

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Covid 19 employer obligations – confirmed workplace COVID-19 diagnosis must be reported

WorkSafe Victoria has introduced temporary Occupational Health and Safety (COVID-19 Incident Notification) Regulations 2020 (OHS COVID-19 Regulations) which commenced on Tuesday 28 July 2020.Previously, employers were not required to notify WorkSafe of an infectious disease in the workplace, unless immediate inpatient treatment is required or the disease is the cause (or suspected cause) of a […]

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Remote Witnessing of Documents

Temporary changes have been made to allow for some documents to be witnessed remotely to maintain physical distancing to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). You can now witness the following documents remotely: affidavitsdeeds and mortgagesstatutory declarationspowers of attorney documentswills, codicils and other testamentary instruments. The new regulations do not override existing ways to […]

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Why are Whistleblower Policies Required?

Whistleblowers play a significant role in identifying inappropriate conduct which can harm consumers and the community.  A whistleblower protection regime has been introduced under Part 9.4AAA of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) which encourages whistleblowers to report misconduct without being subject to detrimental conduct.  The prohibition on detrimental conduct includes matters such as dismissal of […]

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6 Things that can go wrong without a Valid Will

You will have limited say in the distribution of your assets If you die without a will, you will be considered ‘intestate’ and your estate will be distributed according to a legal formula. Any wishes you may have regarding distribution of your assets will not necessarily be followed. Your children may not receive benefit of […]

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Urgent Covid-19 related matter for the Court?

If you need to make an urgent application on a family law matter during the pandemic, you should become acquainted with the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court National Covid-19 List. This is a special and new way of urgently applying to the court for determination of property and parenting matters – but is only […]

Developer Stamp Duty Update – Economic Entitlements

There have been significant stamp duty changes in Victoria dealing with “economic entitlements”. Under the new rules, a person (or company or trust) acquires an economic entitlement where they enters into an arrangement in relation to land with value exceeding $1 million and they are entitled to: share in the income, rents or profits derived […]

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Annualised Wages – Changes to Awards Effective 1 March 2020

Be prepared for the important changes introduced by Fair Work effective from 1 March 2020 which will affect employees on annualised wages.  There are 22 affected awards including widely used awards such as the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010, the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010 and the Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award […]

Does my ex-spouse have a claim to my inheritance?

Inheritances will be considered by the Family Court during separation proceedings. But it depends on your individual circumstances whether it will be included in the pool of marital assets to be divided. Of many factors, the Court may consider: When the inheritance was received;The intention/s of the donor;The length and nature of your relationship with […]

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