Blogs

Good Fences make Good Neighbours: The Low Down on Fencing Disputes

  • 31 Jan 2017

Whilst we would all like to get along with our neighbours, sometimes even the best of relationships can sour over something as simple as a fence. If you’re having a dispute with your neighbour about the fence between your properties, there are things you can do.

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Decision Alert: High Court Clarifies Requirements of Security of Payment Act Claims

  • 19 Jan 2017

Until the High Court's decision in Southern Han Breakfast Point Pty Ltd (in liq) v Lawrence Construction Pty Ltd [2016] HCA 52, the question whether a "reference date" was a precondition to issuing a valid "progress payment" under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (NSW) (SOPA) remained undecided.

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Acorn Lawyers Celebrate New Year's Eve at Wollongong Harbour

  • 01 Jan 2017

Here it is, the first day of the New Year 2017!
At 9.00 pm last night, Wollongong Harbour was centre stage with its truly magnificent display of Acorn lawyers sponsored fireworks display.

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The-Advance-Health-Care-Directive-AHCD

  • 23 Aug 2016

Offering certainty for medical decisions.
Death and dying are part of life. Healthy families wish to offer the dying peace and dignity and a painless end of life. Many of us wish to make our end of life decisions clear and unambiguous. These decisions are best defined in an AHCD or an Appointment of Enduring Guardian (AOEG).

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Migration Law - Changes to Skilled Occupation List (SOL) effective from 1 July 2016

  • 08 Aug 2016

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australia has introduced a number of changes to the occupations listed on SOL. The Department has added the following occupations to the SOL on 1 July 2016:

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An adult with full mental capacity has the right to decide whether or not to receive medical treatment (NOT Euthanasia)

  • 19 May 2016

The interesting case of Hunter and New England Area Health Service v A[2009] NSWSC 761…
Mr A developed renal failure and was kept alive by mechanical ventilation and kidney dialysis in hospital. The hospital later became aware of a document drafted by Mr A stating he would refuse renal dialysis. The hospital sought a declaration to effect his wishes. 

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New Conveyancing Rules - Effective from 1 May 2016

  • 29 Apr 2016

The Real Property Amendment (Electronic Conveyancing) Act 2015 has introduced a new section 12E into the Real Property Act 1900 which allows the Registrar General to make Conveyancing Rules.

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Jeff's big tax break

  • 27 Apr 2016

Testamentary Trust Wills (TTW)are not only for the rich, even in modest estates the additional costs may be minimal compared to potential tax savings.

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Losing the Plot - Decision Alert: NSW Court of Appeal

  • 05 Apr 2016

APRIL 2016 – The NSW Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in Arfaras v Vosnakis [2016] NSWCA 65 concerning the enforceability of a verbal promise concerning the right to be buried in a particular plot.

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Unlock your Superannuation Benefits - Ioppolo&Hesford v Conti [2013] WASC 389

  • 23 Mar 2016

Mr and Mrs Conti were estranged. They retained a Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) in which they were sole members and trustees.

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