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WINNING LOTTO...AND THEN HAVING TO SHARE IT WITH YOUR EX-SPOUSE

WINNING LOTTO...AND THEN HAVING TO SHARE IT WITH YOUR EX-SPOUSE Thu, 25 Jul 19
A recent American case has made headlines with a Court determining that a mans $30 million lottery win was to be split, and $15 million was to be paid to his ex-wife, despite the parties having been separated for over two years prior to his win. Although they had been separated for over two years, they were in the middle of divorce proceedings when Mr Zelaskos winning numbers came up, and as a result the Court considered that the ticket was purchased with marital money, was a joint investment and thus, the windfall was marital property.

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THE PROPERTY SETTLEMENT PROCESS IN AUSTRALIA

THE PROPERTY SETTLEMENT PROCESS IN AUSTRALIA Thu, 25 Jul 19
At Affinity Family Lawyers, we are all too aware that separation from a husband/wife or long term de facto partner can be one of the most stressful and traumatic events in a person’s life. It can also be one of the most confusing times in a person’s life, especially if the only experience someone has had of the family law system and the process is by hearing their friends or family talk about their own experiences, which are more than likely tainted with that persons own misgivings, and opinions on the system, and which may or may not even apply to you, your matter or your particular circumstances.

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MIRROR WILLS & MUTUAL WILLS - WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

MIRROR WILLS & MUTUAL WILLS - WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? Thu, 25 Jul 19
Many people are proactive when it comes to their estate planning matters, and make sure that they have a current and valid will which documents their intentions upon their passing. Couples who are in a relationship and who have children often choose to have their wills drafted to leave everything to each other, and if they do not survive each other, then to their children. This is generally termed a mirror will. Essentially what this means is that the survivor of them receives everything if one person dies, and then when the second person dies the children will share equally whatever is left of the parent’s estate.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF A CURRENT WILL

THE IMPORTANCE OF A CURRENT WILL Thu, 20 Jun 19
A recent decision of the Supreme Court of Queensland has highlighted the importance of firstly, having a valid will, and secondly, understanding the correct way to have your will updated if you change your mind about the contents of your will, including changes to any beneficiaries.

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SEEKING AN EXTENSION TO FILE AN UNFAIR DISMISSAL APPLICATION

SEEKING AN EXTENSION TO FILE AN UNFAIR DISMISSAL APPLICATION Thu, 20 Jun 19
At Affinity Lawyers, we provide both employers and employees with legal advice in relation to many matters which fall under the general umbrella of Employment Law, such as employment agreements, employment contracts, unfair dismissals, general protections claims and more. Following on from our recent article in relation to Unfair Dismissal applications and the strict time limits that apply, we are aware that there are instances where you may need to file an unfair dismissal application out of time so have put together some information in relation to these types of applications.

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THE END OF PAPER CERTIFICATES OF TITLE

THE END OF PAPER CERTIFICATES OF TITLE Thu, 20 Jun 19
The paper certificate of title is the latest casualty in the slow shift towards become a paperless society thanks to the passing of the Land, explosives and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 last month. While this will likely be a positive change for those who deal with conveyancing matters regularly, it is a move that is likely to unsettle some of the older members of society, and during its settling in period, is likely to cause some confusion.

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