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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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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 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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AFFINITY LAWYERS RELOCATION

AFFINITY LAWYERS RELOCATION Mon, 13 May 19
We are pleased to announce that Affinity Lawyers have relocated our office, a short distance, to larger premises, being Suite 8/465 Oxley Drive, Runaway Bay Gold Coast. The paramount consideration in the relocation decision, was the ability to remain up on the Northern Gold Coast, thereby enabling convenience and exceptional service levels, while continuing our expansion to meet the needs and expectations of our clients.

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INTERNATIONAL WILLS

INTERNATIONAL WILLS Mon, 13 May 19
As we become an increasingly globalised society, it is becoming more common for Estates to include foreign assets. If you have assets located overseas, whether it be real property (like a house or land) or personal property (such as bank accounts, vehicles, boats and household items), advice should be sought and careful consideration given to your foreign assets during the estate planning process in order to avoid unforeseen issues arising.

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WHAT IS A TESTAMENTARY TRUST?

WHAT IS A TESTAMENTARY TRUST? Mon, 1 Apr 19
Considered and strategic estate planning is a crucial part of any successful wealth protection strategy, and Affinity Lawyers have an experienced and professional wills and estate team in place to provide you with legal advice tailored to your individual circumstances. Our Wills & Estate lawyers, based on the Gold Coast, can prepare a premium Affinity Lawyer Will or an Affinity Lawyers Wealth Protection Will (a testamentary Trust Will) for you, depending on your needs.

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UNFAIR DISMISSAL APPLICATIONS - STRICT TIME LIMITS APPLY

UNFAIR DISMISSAL APPLICATIONS - STRICT TIME LIMITS APPLY Fri, 8 Feb 19
Affinity Lawyers on the Gold Coast regularly provides advice to both employers and employees in relation to a range of employment law matters, including (but not limited to) applications for unfair dismissals. An issue which commonly arises in matters of this type, is that people are unaware of the strict time limits involved in filing an application for unfair dismissal. While our Runaway Bay based lawyers are experienced in this area and can navigate the strict timeframes associated with employment matters, they can only do so when they are instructed by the client at the earliest instance. These type of matters become much more complicated if the client delays seeking legal advice and timeframes lapse while they are still contemplating seeking advice.

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FAMILY PROVISION APPLICATIONS - WHO IS A 'CHILD'?

FAMILY PROVISION APPLICATIONS - WHO IS A 'CHILD'? Fri, 8 Feb 19
Following on from our previous articles highlighting the importance of having a current Will and up-to-date estate planning in place, a query that can crop up when providing clients with advice in relation to making a Will is how they can reduce the possibility of a claim being made on an estate after they have passed. The typical nuclear family (dad, mum and two kids) is no longer the most common family structure in Australia, and instead we have a diverse range of family combinations including couples with no children, couples with only one child, same-sex couples with no children, same-sex couples with one or more children who are the natural or adopted child of one of the couple, adopted children, step-children, grandparent-led families, blended families and the list goes on. It goes without saying that the general form and content of Wills have also needed to be changed to keep up with these changing family ideals and a deeper and more thorough contemplation of estate planning outcomes needs to be considered by both client and lawyer.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Fri, 11 Jan 19
We trust that all of our valued clients, colleagues and associates have had a wonderful break, and are ready to charge into the new year full speed ahead. Affinity Lawyers would like to extend well wishes to you all for a happy, safe and prosperous 2019, and we look forward to working with you in the near future. As always, our experienced and professional staff are on hand to assist with all of your legal enquiries or to provide you with specific advice in a broad range of legal areas, including but not limited to, employment law, family law, conveyancing (buying and selling), commercial property and leasing, litigation and of course, wills and estate planning.

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NEW YEAR, A FRESH START FOR YOUR ESTATE PLANNING

NEW YEAR, A FRESH START FOR YOUR ESTATE PLANNING Fri, 11 Jan 19
At Affinity Lawyers, we like to take the start of a fresh new year to remind you that its a great time to take stock of your circumstances, and get some of those pesky tasks that you never seem to have time to do – done. For many tasks, including getting an up-to-date will drafted, completing it at the start of the new year allows you to easily remember the date it was completed, and serves as a perfect way for you to remember to review it as it was done on an easily remembered date/occasion.

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