HOW DO I PROTECT MY ASSETS FROM MY PARTNER? DO I NEED A “BFA” (BINDING FINANCIAL AGREEMENT)?
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HOW DO I PROTECT MY ASSETS FROM MY PARTNER? DO I NEED A “BFA” (BINDING FINANCIAL AGREEMENT)?

Binding Financial Agreements (“BFA’s”), commonly referred to as “pre-nuptial agreements” or “pre-nups” are becoming increasingly popular globally as couples look to put in place safeguards and individual asset protection strategies to protect their financial position as they enter into a new relationship. BFA’s are no longer reserved solely for celebrities and multi-millionaires looking to protect...

WHAT CAN EMPLOYERS LEGALLY ASK IN AN INTERVIEW?
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WHAT CAN EMPLOYERS LEGALLY ASK IN AN INTERVIEW?

This article has been written for employers and small businesses regarding hiring new staff, the legalities and the interview process. Taking on a new team member can be a daunting task for those running their own businesses because it is so important that the candidate hired is the best possible fit for the position, not...

PART 2 – RETIREMENT VILLAGE, AGED CARE OR NURSING HOME – WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR PARENTS OR LOVED ONES GET OLDER
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PART 2 – RETIREMENT VILLAGE, AGED CARE OR NURSING HOME – WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR PARENTS OR LOVED ONES GET OLDER

We hope that you found last month’s article regarding Retirement Villages valuable and informative, (click here to read it if you missed it) and this article will follow on from that article with a focus on aged care facilities / nursing homes to enable our readers to gain a greater understanding of the options available...

WHAT IS A RELEASE OF MORTGAGE AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?
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WHAT IS A RELEASE OF MORTGAGE AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?

If you own real property and borrowed money from a bank or financial institution to use towards the purchase, then it is more than likely that the lender will register a mortgage over the property to protect its interests, and without knowing it, you may need a Release of Mortgage. In simple terms, the registration...

IS IT A LOAN OR A GIFT? PARENTS PROVIDING FUNDS TO CHILDREN
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IS IT A LOAN OR A GIFT? PARENTS PROVIDING FUNDS TO CHILDREN

As the cost of living increases and it becomes harder for young people to get a foot into the property market, it is becoming quite common for parents to provide funds to their adult children to either assist them with purchasing property, or for various other expenses ranging from medical expenses, weddings or even holidays....

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR PARENTS GET OLDER?
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR PARENTS GET OLDER?

We all want our parents and loved ones to live forever, and for them to be able to stay in their family home until they pass away. While this does happen in many cases, unfortunately, the reality is that at some point we may have parents or loved ones that are no longer able to...

SO IT IS CHRISTMAS
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SO IT IS CHRISTMAS

Its December again, and the team at Affinity Lawyers are ramping up and ready to assist our wonderful clients with their legal needs all throughout the upcoming Christmas/New Year break. Our Runaway Bay office will be open for your convenience throughout the Christmas/New Year break (except for public holidays) to assist you if required, so...

LANDMARK BODY CORPORATE DECISION
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LANDMARK BODY CORPORATE DECISION

It has been just one year from our previous article on Airbnb and Body Corporate’s, (Body Corporate for Hilton Park CTS 27490 v Colin Robertson [2018]), wherein it was found that short-term rentals (such as Airbnb and Stayz) would be allowed to continue to be offered by owners in unit complexes. However, we have been...

SO YOU’VE DECIDED TO GET YOUR WILL DONE…..
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SO YOU’VE DECIDED TO GET YOUR WILL DONE…..

After reading last months article (click here), you will now realise how important it is to have a Will and hopefully you’ve decided to get your Will done (well done!). Unfortunately, not all Wills are created equally. Our Gold Coast team often see people trying to cut costs by doing it themselves using a do-it-yourself-kit....

WHAT IS A TRADE MARK?
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WHAT IS A TRADE MARK?

Following on from last months article which raised issues which may arise in the social media arena, we thought that a quick overview on what a trade mark is, and how these can affect a business in the e-commerce world or through social media. So what is a trade mark? A trade mark is essentially...