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...

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 IMPORTANCE OF A CURRENT WILL
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THE IMPORTANCE OF A CURRENT WILL

A recent decision of the Supreme Court of Queensland has highlighted the importance of firstly, having a valid will, and secondly, understanding the correct way to have your will updated if you change your mind about the contents of your will, including changes to any beneficiaries. THE CASE In this case, a gentleman ‘Mr M’...

SEEKING AN EXTENSION TO FILE AN UNFAIR DISMISSAL APPLICATION
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SEEKING AN EXTENSION TO FILE AN UNFAIR DISMISSAL APPLICATION

At Affinity Lawyers, we provide both employers and employees with legal advice in relation to many matters which fall under the general umbrella of ‘Employment Law’, such as employment agreements, employment contracts, unfair dismissals, general protections claims and more. Following on from our recent article in relation to Unfair Dismissal applications and the strict time...

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...

JOINT TENANTS OR TENANTS IN COMMON – DOES THIS AFFECT MY WILL?
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JOINT TENANTS OR TENANTS IN COMMON – DOES THIS AFFECT MY WILL?

We have had a number of matters in recent months whereby clients who own properties with another person (for example, married partners) are unsure or unaware of whether they are holding the property as ‘joint tenants’ or ‘tenants in common’. Further, it appears that many are in fact holding property as ‘joint tenants’, despite not...

IF I NEED TO LOOK AFTER MY SICK CHILD CAN MY EMPLOYER REFUSE?
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IF I NEED TO LOOK AFTER MY SICK CHILD CAN MY EMPLOYER REFUSE?

As a result of the dreaded drop in temperature on the Gold Coast, you may have noticed that the health of your family has also taken a turn for the worst, and that colds and sniffles abound.   Unfortunately, an increase in illness often means that busy parents need to take time off work in...

INJUNCTIONS
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INJUNCTIONS

An injunction can be described as a court order by which one party is required to perform, or is restrained from performing, a particular act. An example is a breach of confidential information from an employer, such as a client list that is being used by a former employee to build a business in competition...

INTERNATIONAL WILLS
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INTERNATIONAL WILLS

As we become an increasingly globalised society, it is becoming more common for people’s Estates to include foreign assets.  If you have assets located overseas, whether it be real property (like a house or land) or personal property (such as bank accounts, vehicles, boats and household items), advice should be sought and careful consideration given...

AFFINITY LAWYERS RELOCATION
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AFFINITY LAWYERS RELOCATION

We are pleased to announce that Affinity Lawyers have relocated our office, a short distance, to larger premises, being Suite 8/465 Oxley Drive, Runaway Bay Gold Coast. The paramount consideration in the relocation decision, was the ability to remain up on the Northern Gold Coast, thereby enabling convenience and exceptional service levels, while continuing our...