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Estate Planning – 10 Misconceptions

01 July 2019 | Estate Planning |

Everything will go to my Spouse so I don’t need a Will ... My Superannuation death benefits will follow my Will ... A Will is only for old people ... and other misconceptions debunked!

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Checklist for Executors

01 July 2019 | Legal Developments |

The role of an Executor of someone’s Will is an important and responsible one. It can also be complex and time consuming particularly at a time of often great emotional distress but you do not need to go through this alone.  The team at Nexus can help.

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Family Business – keeping it together

28 June 2019 | Estate Planning |

While family businesses account for approximately 70% of all business in Australia, inter-generational longevity is limited with few businesses surviving to …

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Powers of Attorney: all the same…right?

28 June 2019 | Estate Planning |

A Power of Attorney is just as important as a Will. Power of Attorney documents should never be a “tick and flick” type document and the powers conferred should always be carefully considered.

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Inheritances and “problem” beneficiaries

28 June 2019 | Estate Planning |

What do I do if I am concerned about leaving an inheritance to a “problem” beneficiary? In this article Tim Donlan considers this problem and offers some possible solutions.

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Sperm donation and parentage – High Court to decide

28 June 2019 | Family Law |

The High Court of Australia has been called upon to hear an appeal regarding the legal parentage of a child “B” born as a result of an artificial insemination procedure. 

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A short word on digital estate planning

28 June 2019 | Estate Planning |

In late 2018, Gerald Cotton, CEO of Quadriga CX (Canada’s largest crypto currency exchange), died, age 30, taking with him the company’s “digital wallets” and their password to his grave; wiping out an estimated almost $283 million worth of crypto currency forever.

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Traps in preliminary agreements

07 June 2019 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

Are you a builder and confused about 'preliminary agreements' and what you should and should not do? Our own Kelvin Keane provides some clarity on this issue in his latest article.

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The Devil in Design – Builders in the Firing Line

27 March 2019 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

Opal Tower - can it really be the case that innocent builders or even worse, owners end up footing the bill for this fiasco? What options are available to address this significant problem? A proactive approach needs to be taken to address these issues rather than collective ignorance and shirking responsibilities.

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Security of Payments – New Year, New Act

21 February 2019 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

Significant amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (SOP Act) were passed on 21 November …

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New family and domestic violence leave entitlement

10 December 2018 | Employment & Workplace Relations |

In August 2018, all employees to whom a Modern Award applied were given an entitlement to unpaid Family and domestic violence leave. This new amendment extends the entitlement to all employees in the Fair Work System from 12 December 2018.

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Update contracts and register assets to protect against insolvency events

04 December 2018 | Construction & Infrastructure |

It’s time to review and update your insolvent trading clauses and practices! Historically common law came to the aid of an asset owner needing to protect materials, plant and equipment delivered to a buyer which had not yet paid in full. Recent changes to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) assist such buyers in receipt of unpaid assets even though the buyers are potentially insolvent.

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North Star – A lesson in complex contracting

08 November 2018 | Commercial Agreements |

Harvesting grain is a precise process where inputs result in outcomes. The same can be said of complex documents - the work you do upfront may ultimately save you thousands.

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