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Tue, 9 Sep 14
There are no hard and fast rules regarding finalising a property settlement immediately after separation, however it is important to remember that the Family Law Act 1975 does impose time limits for the commencement of property settlement proceedings in the Family Law Court or Federal Circuit Court. These include a time limit of 12 months from the date of divorce for married parties to commence property settlement proceedings, and within 2 years from the date of separation for those who were in a de facto relationship.
Wed, 30 Jul 14
Generally, before a deceased personâs final wishes are able to be performed, a procedure known as a Grant of Probate of a Will is required. This is a sealed document that is issued by the Supreme Court Registry which affirms that the executor has proven that the Will is the last valid Will/Codicil of the deceased. Once Probate is granted, the executor/trustee is entitled to deal and discharge their duties in respect of the assets of the estate and distribution to the beneficiaries.
Wed, 30 Jul 14
It is trite to say that the advancement in I.T. technologies are rapidly growing and encompassing every aspect of our day to day life. Cloud based technology is becoming the new norm in business operations, and is now often being used to disclose documents in litigious/adversarial matters through such tools as Dropbox. The recent Queensland Supreme Court decision in Conveyor & General Engineering Pty Ltd v Basetec Services Pty Ltd  QSC 30, illuminates that the courts (or more accurately the legislation) may not be so willing to accept the use of such technology in certain instances.