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...

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 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...

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...

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...