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...

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...

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...