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...

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...

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...