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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Buying a business – some handy hints!

So you have found a business and you have your heart set on buying it. Or maybe you work for a business that looks like it is being sold. Congratulations that’s great news! However, before you rush off to hand over the purchase price or greet the new owner of the business you need to […]

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A Guide to Shareholder Agreements

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It is not unusual for a company constitution to be drafted in a standard format. That being the case, shareholders may not be protected in the event of a dispute or where issues arise not covered by the constitution. A shareholder agreement, which properly outlines the steps to be taken in the event of disputes […]

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Inheritances and Family Law

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An inheritance received before, during or after a marriage, or defacto relationship, will need to be considered carefully upon separation. There is no simple answer as to how that inheritance will be treated by the Court for the purpose of dividing of assets of that relationship. Families and money can sometimes be a volatile combination. […]

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Unfair Contracts Update – are you complying with the law

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From 12 November 2016 the current Unfair Contract Terms Regime (UCT Regime) has been extended to cover standard form contracts entered into with ‘small business’. The changes have a significant impact on the way Australian businesses contract with each other and it important that you understand how the changes affect you and how you need […]

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