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COMMON TRAPS AFTER SEPARATION

COMMON TRAPS AFTER SEPARATION Tue, 20 Feb 18
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 person's life. Most people do not know where to begin, and often delay taking any steps towards obtaining legal advice, and consequently, do many things which may be detrimental to their property settlement in the long run. There are many things which we recommend doing as soon as possible after separation, which are detailed further below and are canvassed in some of our previous articles.

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ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO GET ORGANISED

ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO GET ORGANISED Fri, 12 Jan 18
The start of a new year is the perfect time to sit down and take stock of your present circumstances. Are you happy with your job, relationship and current living arrangements? Do you have a dream of undertaking further study, starting a new sport or hobby or simply taking more time out to relax? More importantly, if you have a Will, then it is a great time to consider whether your Will accurately reflects your wishes, and whether your circumstances have changed significantly since it was created, which may mean it is invalid. For example, marriage, separation, divorce or entry into a new relationship can all be sufficient reasons to invalidate an existing Will . You may also want to include new family members (especially if a baby has been born since your last Will was completed).

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LOOKING AT BUYING A QUEENSLAND PROPERTY IN THE NEW YEAR?

LOOKING AT BUYING A QUEENSLAND PROPERTY IN THE NEW YEAR? Fri, 12 Jan 18
The start of a new year seems to be a popular time for people to decide they want a fresh start, sometimes with finding the house of their dreams. With the current market, there are hordes of interstate buyers, particularly from Sydney, who are ready to buy Queensland properties with cash. It is important to note that the way a property is purchased in Queensland differs from the process in our southern states. Generally, the standard contract of sale used includes a 5-business day cooling off period, which is in place to protect the buyer. It affords the buyer a greater sense of protection to sign a contract before going to a solicitor, however it is important to remember that if the buyer does decide to pull out of the contract under the cooling off provision, a termination fee of 0.25% of the purchase price can apply.

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HOW DO I GET A DIVORCE?

HOW DO I GET A DIVORCE? Fri, 12 Jan 18
You can apply to the Court either jointly or solely to obtain a Divorce, if you satisfy the following requirements: 1. You have been separated for at least 12 months and there is no prospect of reconciliation; and 2. There is an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. 12 MONTHS SEPARATION In order to apply for a divorce in Australia, the Courts will require that you and your spouse have been separated and lived apart for at least 12 months and 1 day. SEPARATION UNDER ONE ROOF You can still be separated if you and your spouse live in the same home, however the Court will require additional Affidavit evidence to prove that there was an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage at the date of separation.

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AFFINITY LAWYERS HAS HELPED TO MAKE HISTORY BY PARTICIPATING IN THE FIRST EVER SETTLEMENT OF A TRUSTEE TRANSFER THROUGH PEXA

AFFINITY LAWYERS HAS HELPED TO MAKE HISTORY BY PARTICIPATING IN THE FIRST EVER SETTLEMENT OF A TRUSTEE TRANSFER THROUGH PEXA Fri, 1 Dec 17
Read the article here: https://community.pexa.com.au/t5/Share-your-Experiences/Making-History-in-QLD-Affinity-Lawyers-amp-Astill-Legal-Group/td-p/6585 Conveyancing transactions are moving forward into the digital age and the introduction of PEXA means that e-conveyancing transactions will allow the entire process to become more streamlined, efficient, reduce errors, and allow for an immediate reconciliation of funds. PEXA is the only electronic lodgement network in Australia at present, and the process is designed to act seamlessly with the relevant Titles registry in each State/Territory to ensure validation of land title data, and swift updating of relevant title records.

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AUSTRALIANS SAID 'I DO' TO SAME SEX MARRIAGE

AUSTRALIANS SAID 'I DO' TO SAME SEX MARRIAGE Fri, 1 Dec 17
In a landmark decision by the Australian public, the ‘Yes’ vote to change the Marriage Act 1961 to legalise same-sex marriage trumped those against the proposed amendments with a 61.6%/38.4% result, announced on 15 November 2017. While many were rejoicing at the outcome of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, the scope and extent of the changes to be made to the Marriage Act 1961 were still up in the air, with an active debate continuing between the political parties concerning the wording to be used, the nature and extent of religious protections to be included as well as how refusals and objections to participating in a same-sex marriage is to be dealt with, particularly in light of Attorney-General George Brandis’ comment that an amendment which allowed both civil and religious celebrants to refuse to marry same-sex couples would have his support.

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