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Family Business Legal Advice

Casual Employees; A Permanent Problem

When is a casual employee not a casual employee?  The answer seems to be when they have a “firm advance commitment” from their employer to...
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Employee Redundancies During the COVID-19 Crisis

Last month we considered the issue of options available for employers to decrease business expenses to combat falling turnover. These options include standing down employees,...
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Contract Performance in a COVID-19 Economy

The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become an economic threat in which organisations are facing great challenges and preparing to respond quickly not only nationally, but...
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Changes to Corporations and Bankruptcy Laws in Response to COVID-19

With COVID-19 affecting the economic viability of businesses across Australia, recent changes have been announced by the Federal Government to help affected businesses.  The Government...
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New Mandatory Code for Commercial Leases During COVID-19

On 7 April 2020, the Government released the much-anticipated Mandatory Code of Conduct (the Code) to apply to certain commercial and retail leases during the...
Family Business Legal Advice

Managing wages and employment risk during COVID-19 (and other crises)

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the resulting government intervention including restrictions on gatherings and movement, many businesses are confronted with the question of how...
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Disciplinary Action for Employee Social Media Use

The purpose of this article is to consider the issue of employee use of social media and what rights an employer may have if they...
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Special Disability Trusts

Providing long term for a disabled person also involves considering social security implications. A Special Disability Trust can enable a considerable financial provision to be...
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Responsibilities of an Executor

When it comes to being an executor there are things you should be aware of… …are there debts owing on the estate? …does the estate...
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Should my will include a Testamentary Trust?

Besides simply having a ‘valid will’ there are many aspects of estate planning that the well-advised may want to be aware of… A Trust can...
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10 Estate Planning Errors – That will cost your estate $$$$$

Estate planning is more than just wills… Many people are unaware that there are other documents and issues that may affect the end-of-life circumstances or...
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Gift and Loan Back

Placing significant property in its own separate entity (like a company or trust) is a common and effective way to protect assets and manage risk. ...