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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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WHO PAYS PRIVATE SCHOOL FEES AFTER SEPARATION?

WHO PAYS PRIVATE SCHOOL FEES AFTER SEPARATION? Fri, 8 Feb 19
One of the biggest areas of contention we see in Gold Coast Family Law matters after parties have separated, is who is going to pay for the children’s private school fees. The Department of Human Services (DHS) typically uses a specific formula to assess the amount of child support required to support a child on a day to day basis, taking into account the income of the parents, the care levels of each parent and the estimated costs of children of the child's age (periodic child support). Significant (and out of the ordinary) costs for the child, including, but not limited to, things such as private school fees and medical expenses (non-periodic child support), are generally not assessed by DHS. Therefore, the collection and payment of those types of expenses will likely need to be arranged between the parties themselves, and it is an area where disagreements often arise as parties struggle to process the separation itself as well as trying to navigate life after separation.

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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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SEPERATED FROM YOUR SPOUSE OVER THE CHRISTMAS BREAK? WHAT TO DO NEXT

SEPERATED FROM YOUR SPOUSE OVER THE CHRISTMAS BREAK? WHAT TO DO NEXT Fri, 11 Jan 19
At Affinity Family Lawyers, we understand that separation from a husband/wife or long term de facto partner can be one of the most stressful and traumatic events in a persons life. Unfortunately, during/shortly after the annual Christmas/New Years break we generally see an increase in the rate of separations. Whether its due to families spending extra time together over the break, or increased family/financial pressures which generally arise with the Christmas/New Year period, it appears that many people decide that they are wanting a fresh break at the start of a new year.

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