Executing documents on behalf of a company

Companies cannot physically sign documents so it falls upon company director(s) to sign documents on behalf of a company. Directors should familiarise themselves with the formalities for signing documents on behalf of a company to make sure that things don’t go wrong – such as a contract not being binding or enforceable, or a court […]

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The Family Court of Western Australia and de facto relationships

Over the last decade, an increasing number of Australians are living in de facto relationships whilst marriage rates have fallen. Reflecting this societal change, the law in Western Australia changed in 2002 so that the any financial dispute arising from the breakdown of a de facto relationship is decided by the Family Court and the […]

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Wills for blended families

Making a Will is important, particularly if you are part of a blended family. A blended family is a family in which one or both partners have a child or children from a previous relationship. Careful estate planning now should ensure that all of your intended beneficiaries are provided for when you die and that […]

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Small Business Update: Potential fines for Australian small businesses charging excessive payment surcharges from 1 September 2017

The Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Act 2016 will apply to all Australian businesses from 1 September 2017. The Act prohibits businesses from charging excessive payment surcharges for credit and debit card transactions. Currently the Act only applies to large businesses. A surcharge is considered excessive if it is more than the ‘cost of […]

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Liquidated damages in construction contracts

The inclusion of a liquidated damages clause in construction contracts is a common way of addressing what sanctions will apply if a breach of contract arises during the operation of the contract and particularly when a contract and a build is ongoing. It is therefore important to understand exactly what is meant by this term, […]

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Social media and family law – Just don’t do it!

Social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and the like – can be a lot of fun and have become an accepted part of modern life. Many of us use such forms of electronic communication to share the exciting, as well as the banal events in our lives, to express our views and to stay […]

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You Have a Judgment Debt in Your Favour – Now What?

If you have obtained a judgment from a Court or Tribunal in your favour, you are known as a judgment creditor. The person or business who owes the debt is known as the judgment debtor. Even if you obtain a judgment, the judgment debtor might not have the means, or the inclination, to pay the […]

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Saving your rights to see your grandchildren

If you are a grandparent and face the sad circumstance of a break up in your family group, through separation or unforeseen events, you may be worried about your right to continue seeing much-loved grandchildren. Unfortunately, some grandparents only see their grandchildren at crowded school events or from the sideline at sporting occasions. In Australia, […]

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Enduring Powers of Attorney explained

A lot of people have heard of a Power of Attorney however most do not fully appreciate the extent of its power, the benefits it delivers or the types of Powers of Attorney that exist. A Power of Attorney is a useful legal document used to allow someone to handle your affairs in a variety […]

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