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Verification of Identity

On 27 April 2015 the Registrar-General issued policy guidelines regarding practitioners verifying the identity of their clients. Section 273A of the Real Property Act 1886 (SA) provides that the identity of a party to a document that is intended to be registered in the Lands Titles Office must be verified. It is important to note that the verification process is not the same as the standard 100 points of identification used by banks and other institutions.   It is possible to not have enough documentation to complete the verification process but be able to complete the 100 points of identification with a bank.

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When can children decide where they live?

As Family Lawyers, a question we are constantly asked is “when can my children decide who they want to live with?”  A common misconception is that there is a “magic age” (sometimes twelve or fifteen, for example) at which children can decide, irrespective of the views of the parents.

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Newsletter April 2017

In our April newsletter Charles Beresford updates you on Retirement Village exit entitlements, Binding Death Benefits Nominations for your Superannuation and when is a will a will!

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Newsletter March 2017

Welcome to Autumn In this newsletter our commercial and property team update you on Shareholders Agreements, Retention of Title and the P.P.S.A., plus E-Conveyancing

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Fair Work Commission review of penalty rates

As many would be aware from the significant publicity in the media over the last couple of weeks, on Thursday, 23 February 2017 the Fair Work Commission issued a decision after conducting a four-yearly review of modern Awards.  The Commission’s task was to decide whether particular modern Awards achieved the modern Awards’ objective.

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What is an Enduring Power of Attorney?

It is a legal document by which you authorise someone (known as your attorney) to act on your behalf during your lifetime.  It only operates with respect to your financial affairs and property.  Your power of attorney ceases to operate upon your death.

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Newsletter January 2017

Welcome to the first edition of our newsletter for 2017. 
We look forward to keeping you updated on interesting developments in all areas of law across our firm. 
This month we look at family law.

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Interesting Family Law Cases of 2016

As 2016 draws to an end, I thought some of you LinkedIn folk might be interested to read a short summary of some of the more interesting cases that have come before the Courts throughout the year. The cases that the Family and Federal Circuit Courts are asked to deal with are many and varied, these few are but just a sample.

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Disclosure in Family Law Matters

In a recent case decided in February 2016, the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia overturned a decision made by a Judge where that Judge found the husband had not provided any information as to his interest in a discretionary trust established by the husband’s father when in...

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Setting aside a financial agreement...

In a recent decision handed down by the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia on 4 November 2016 the Court had cause to consider whether a Judge was correct in setting aside a Binding Financial Agreement under Section 90K(1)(d) of the Family Law Act. That subsection states, relevantly, that a Court may make an Order setting aside a Financial Agreement if, and only if, the Court is satisfied that since the making of the Agreement a material change in circumstances has occurred (being circumstances relating to the care, welfare and development of a child of the marriage) and, as a result of the change, the child or, if the applicant has care and responsibility for the child, a party to the Agreement will suffer hardship if the Court does not set the Agreement aside.

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Newsletter Christmas 2016

The Partners and staff wish everyone a Safe and Happy Christmas with family and friends and we look forward to 2017.

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A Puppy for Christmas? Your Legal Responsibilities

Thinking of bringing a dog or puppy home for Christmas? Here are just some of the things you need to know before you bring your new family member home.

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