ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES – WHEN IS IT SAFE TO SIGN ELECTRONICALLY?
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ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES – WHEN IS IT SAFE TO SIGN ELECTRONICALLY?

As the world around us evolves, electronic signatures are becoming more and more frequent. However, some industries haven’t progressed towards the future of electronics yet and don’t find signing electronically safe for some documents. One of the first pro forma legal documents in Queensland to be able to be signed electronically was a Contract of...

Executor’s Obligations in Queensland
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Executor’s Obligations in Queensland

What do executors do? Statutory obligations Executors in Queensland have statutory obligations that are set out under section 52 of the Succession Act 1981 (Qld) (“the Succession Act”). However, there is no exact guideline for executors to follow because their duties may vary depending on the size and complexity of the estate, as well as...

START-UPS: CONTRACTUAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR BUSINESS AGREEMENTS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSPARENCY WITH CONSUMERS
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START-UPS: CONTRACTUAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR BUSINESS AGREEMENTS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSPARENCY WITH CONSUMERS

A possible point of failure in start-ups is an inattention to the legal relations of the involved parties, e.g. those between multiple cofounders, those between founders and investors, and those between the business and consumers. The common theme with these agreements is that they all, in some way, should protect the financial interests of start-ups...

CHANGES TO COMPANY OPERATIONS
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CHANGES TO COMPANY OPERATIONS

Changes to company operations are at the forefront of the Government’s agenda with the recent release of a draft bill, which proposes to allow companies to benefit from provisions in the Electronic Transactions Act 1999, which had previously been restricted. When the Corona virus pandemic began to sweep through Australia, the Government swung into action...

OFF THE PLAN PURCHASES
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OFF THE PLAN PURCHASES

What is an off the plan purchase? Generally speaking, when you purchase a property “off the plan”, you are purchasing a property that is not yet built, but is being proposed to be built in accordance with plans that have been drafted by a surveyor, and which show what the proposed property will look like...

SEPARATION & THE FAMILY HOME
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SEPARATION & THE FAMILY HOME

Separation can be one of the most emotionally charged, traumatic events that can occur in a person’s life and the devastating effects are often amplified when there are children involved.  No matter the length of the relationship, the breakdown of a relationship can be hard enough to deal with on its own, without having to...

WORKPLACE LOOPHOLE – CASUAL WORKERS
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WORKPLACE LOOPHOLE – CASUAL WORKERS

A workplace loophole has been identified, and casual workers throughout Australia are likely to be in a much better position moving forward, after a landmark decision was handed down by the Federal Court earlier this year.  A subsequent decision handed down by the full bench of the Federal Court has since confirmed that that the...