Expertise on two sides of personal injury law
Expert Advice
Arising from accidents which cause serious injury, legal decisions can be confronting and as life-changing as the initial trauma. But there are two sides to every story. Kate and Bill are part of the Litigation group at Bradley Allen Love Lawyers, Canberra and specialise in insurance and personal injury litigation. Their high-quality legal advice and representations to clients comes from...
Love is a prenuptial agreement that gives peace of mind to both parties
Family Law
Let’s be honest, a prenuptial agreement can take the gloss off a romantic relationship. Yet an experienced family law specialist in Canberra, who has been writing such agreements for more than 18 years, believes strongly in them for minimising risks and giving couples peace of mind. DDCS Lawyers partner Phillip Davey says while they’re generally known as a ‘pre-nup’, a binding...
If you don’t want to leave a mess behind then best to have a plan
Expert Advice
At some stage, we all come to the realisation we are not getting any younger and must begin planning for our future. So, when the inevitable events beyond our control arrive, the key to peace of mind is not only having our affairs sorted out, but a plan in place, and a guide for the rest of our lives. Phillip...
Safeguarding digital assets after death
Expert Advice
What happens to our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts when we die? Many people may not be aware they have digital assets and many more people would be unaware of their value. So how do you identify your digital assets and make provisions for them in your Will? This could be a significant question for millennials with broader, more comprehensive...
Enjoying a stress-free Christmas with children after separation or divorce
Family Law
On the surface, Christmas is one of the happiest, most magical times of the year – filled with love, laughter and memorable moments paved with green and gold. But the underbelly often takes on a different complexion, with many people admitting that Christmas makes them nervous and irritable as they struggle with budgeting and buying gifts, planning and cooking meals,...
Good Wills Hunting: Risks of using DIY Will-Kits
Family Law
Think you’re sorted if you prepared your own Will using a Will-kit from the newsagency, or one you downloaded from the internet, or one you’ve freestyled and typed up yourself? Think again! If you don’t complete a Will correctly, you may cause more of a burden for your family than if you’d passed away without a Will. Yes, you might...
Does getting married revoke your Will?
Family Law
Although many of us suffer from the illusion that life goes on forever, most of us are also smart enough to understand the importance of having a Will. It’s that little piece of paper that assures you, and your loved ones, that they will be cared for if/when something were to happen to you. But, many of us also struggle...
Same Sex Marriage Reforms and your Will
Family Law
The recent amendments to the Marriage Act, that came into effect as of 9 December 2017, may have inadvertently revoked your Will. For couples in the ACT, getting married automatically revokes any Will you have in place before marriage – unless your Will specifically states that it was made in contemplation of marriage. There are similar laws in other states...
Christmas is a good time to discuss who will take care of your pet if you pass away…
Family Law
Christmas is a time for family, right? Well, it is for most of us. It’s a time to get together over a meal, and a few drinks, and talk about how little Joey and Suzie have grown. According to Michelle Gold, Wills and Estates specialist at Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers, it is also a time to consider some of the more...
The risks of self diagnosed legal advice
Family Law
We live in the Information Age, where access to previously unobtainable information is available at the stroke of a key. We look to the world wide web to answer every question and now with the rise of YouTube and video blogs, we can be experts in just about anything. A very common example of this, one I am sure we...
A taxing time: family law and stamp duty
Family Law
Many factors go into working out how best to divide assets following the breakdown of a relationship. One factor that can be overlooked in negotiations is the taxation consequences of a proposed division. It is important to understand how stamp duty in particular applies to family law settlements. Stamp Duty is a tax levied by State and Territory governments. Typically...
I can’t afford to fund my family law litigation – what can I do?
Family Law
This is a common question faced by many people who separate. Litigation can be expensive and it is not uncommon for one person to control most of the parties' wealth in a relationship. In this situation, the person who does not have control of the parties' wealth or who earns a much lower income than the other party, is at...
What is equal shared parental responsibility anyway?
Family Law
The Family Law Act requires that, when a Court is making a decision about parenting orders after separation, it must apply a presumption of "equal shared parental responsibility" (ESPR), unless there has been abuse or family violence. Sometimes parents think that this is a presumption in favour of "equal time" or week about arrangements after separation. That is not the...
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