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...

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS ON SETTLEMENT DAY?
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WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS ON SETTLEMENT DAY?

While our Gold Coast Conveyancing and Property team settle hundreds of conveyancing transactions each month, and know all of the ins and outs of the process, we understand that buying or selling a house is not an every day occurrence for our clients and often, our clients don’t know what actually happens on settlement day....

THE PITFALLS OF INTESTACY – WHAT HAPPENS IF I DIE WITHOUT A WILL
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THE PITFALLS OF INTESTACY – WHAT HAPPENS IF I DIE WITHOUT A WILL

Affinity Lawyers experienced Wills & Estate Lawyers have written many articles on the importance of having a current Will, however we are still finding many people don’t properly understand the pitfalls and ramifications that can occur if they were to die without a Will. What happens if I die without a Will? Essentially, if you...

IF YOU DIE BEFORE YOUR SPOUSE – IS YOUR CHILDREN’S INHERITANCE PROTECTED?
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IF YOU DIE BEFORE YOUR SPOUSE – IS YOUR CHILDREN’S INHERITANCE PROTECTED?

Following on from last month’s article regarding mutual/mirror wills, our Gold Coast lawyers wanted to drill down and provide some further information in this area, so that our clients have a better understanding of the process, and what can (and often does) go wrong when proper and thorough estate planning is not carried out. There...

SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LAW
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SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LAW

With the ever-increasing reach of social media and the rise of ‘’influencers’’, it is unsurprising that there is also a large number of disputes about the ownership of content (written work, photography, images, graphics etc) and many people are unaware of copyright and/or trademark issues, including the possibility of being on the receiving end of...

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW IF SELLING/BUYING A BUSINESS WHICH OPERATES UNDER A RETAIL SHOP LEASE
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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW IF SELLING/BUYING A BUSINESS WHICH OPERATES UNDER A RETAIL SHOP LEASE

When you are considering buying or selling a business which is currently operating under a retail shop lease, it makes sense that the transaction would necessarily include the assignment or transfer of the retail shop lease from the existing business owner to the incoming purchaser. Our lawyers have previously written an article on the difference...

WINNING LOTTO…AND THEN HAVING TO SHARE IT WITH YOUR EX-SPOUSE
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WINNING LOTTO…AND THEN HAVING TO SHARE IT WITH YOUR EX-SPOUSE

A recent American case has made headlines with a Court determining that a man’s $30 million lottery win was to be split, and $15 million was to be paid to his ex-wife, despite the parties having been separated for over two years prior to his win. Although they had been separated for over two years,...

THE PROPERTY SETTLEMENT PROCESS IN AUSTRALIA
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THE PROPERTY SETTLEMENT PROCESS IN AUSTRALIA

At Affinity Family Lawyers, we are all too aware 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. It can also be one of the most confusing times in a person’s life, especially if the only experience someone has...

MIRROR WILLS & MUTUAL WILLS – WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
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MIRROR WILLS & MUTUAL WILLS – WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

Many people are proactive when it comes to their estate planning matters, and make sure that they have a current and valid will which documents their intentions upon their passing.  Couples who are in a relationship and who have children often choose to have their wills drafted to leave everything to each other, and if...

THE END OF PAPER CERTIFICATES OF TITLE
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THE END OF PAPER CERTIFICATES OF TITLE

The paper certificate of title is the latest casualty in the slow shift towards become a paperless society thanks to the passing of the Land, explosives and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (‘OLAA’) last month. While this will likely be a positive change for those who deal with conveyancing matters regularly, it is a move...