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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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Management of digital assets and accounts

03 October 2018 | Estate Planning |

So what’s needed for estate planning for digital assets? Michael Perkins explores this topic in this September 2018 Sydney Morning Herald article.

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Climate Change – A Construction Contractor’s Risk?

02 August 2018 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

Australian Governments at all levels recognise that climate change is occurring.  The NSW Government has gone so far as to publish …

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Simplifying construction contract language

12 June 2018 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

Construction law has its own language and each contract is like a dialect of that language.
If you don’t communicate using the …

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2018 Construction projects – three changes to the law you need to know

11 January 2018 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

Three fundamentals of any construction project – building product safety, defects and termination – are set to change under new legislation …

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Renewal proceedings in NCAT

05 May 2016 | Construction & Infrastructure |

Rectification not money is the most likely order in a home building defects claim in the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal …

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