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What happens when a person dies insolvent?

Insolvency in estate matters occurs when the deceased person’s estate is unable to meet its debts when they become payable and the estate assets are insufficient to meet its liabilities. These estates are administered differently to solvent estates, particularly where the estate has some assets from which creditors may benefit. The deceased’s legal personal representative…

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Power of Attorney Abuse

A Power of Attorney is a legal document authorising a person to act for you and make binding decisions on your behalf.  A Power of Attorney is usually prepared: to facilitate and complete transactions when you are unavailable to do so, for example while travelling; to get help with essential activities such as managing finances,…

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Breaching copyright using social media

The media has often reported that Foxtel was threatening to sue customers for the unauthorised ‘live streaming’ of much-anticipated boxing matches like the fight between veterans Danny Green and Anthony Mundine or Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao. The illegal copyright act involved the video streaming of the live broadcast by some of Foxtel’s account holders,…

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How do you resolve a business dispute?

Disputes arise from time to time in business relationships and can be difficult to resolve, especially if there isn’t an agreement which sets out a framework for doing so. Ideally every business agreement, whether it be a shareholders agreement, a supply agreement, a distribution agreement, a service agreement, or any other type of agreement, should…

201911.26
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What a Will Kit doesn’t do

There are various ‘Will Kits’ available on-line – most are cheap or ‘free’ and all you need to do is download them and fill in the blanks. Many websites boast that you can prepare your Will ‘without spending hundreds of dollars on legal fees’. Simple, right? Not really. Generating an on-line Will may seem easy,…

201911.26
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Rights and responsibilities at the office Christmas party

There are many stories in the media about inappropriate behaviour at work functions – the more public the ‘offender’, the more likely the incident will attract ongoing attention. Work Christmas parties provide a great opportunity to mix with fellow colleagues and bosses, reflect on the year’s activities and get to know each other on a…

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Bankruptcy and the family home

For many people, their family home is their most significant asset. Individuals who are contemplating bankruptcy are often understandably worried about what will happen to their family home and the impact which bankruptcy might have on their children and spouse. In this article, we look at what can happen to the family home in the…

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Trade mark protection for your business

Every business has a trade mark, be it a name, logo, shape, colour, sound or scent, which distinguishes the business from its competitors.  Think of the Apple trade mark, the Nike sign and slogan, the shape of the Coca Cola bottle, a perfume scent.  The list is endless. The best way to obtain legal protection…

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Ensure the Will is up to date before a loved one loses capacity

The question of mental capacity is an important consideration in will-making and can be a contentious issue. How often do we hear family members arguing over a loved-one’s ‘state-of-mind’ and ‘what Grandad would have wanted’ when sadly, his memory and ability to make reasonable decisions comes into question. This may be due simply to age,…

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Does bullying exist in your boardroom?

Boardrooms are often the place of heated debate over a range of matters affecting the operations of an organisation. Vigorous discussion that airs all possibilities can sometimes be beneficial (and necessary) when making critical decisions which will ultimately determine the future direction of a corporation. It is not unusual for egos to be tested and…