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Are you Managing or Living in Strata Titled Property? – the importance of debt recovery and building maintenance

The Queensland Government has recently established a review of Queensland’s property laws with a view to reducing red tape, regulation and property law duplication. This review examining legislation including the Property Law Act 1974, Land Sales Act 1984 and the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997. […]

By | February 6th, 2015|Property, Topical Issues|0 Comments

Havilah Legal 2015 – A year for change

Belief is just the beginning…   We all know and read constantly that change is the minimum requirement for continuing success.  I think what is really true is that people talk the language of change without really committing to it; because nothing ever really changes unless your view of the world or your mindset changes. […]

By | February 2nd, 2015|Topical Issues|0 Comments

When did you last review your Terms and Conditions?

If you have to take a moment to think about an answer to this question, it is highly likely that your Terms and Conditions (T’s & C’s) could do with a thorough review and update! […]

By | February 2nd, 2015|Topical Issues|0 Comments

Debt Recovery – Issuing a Statutory Demand

While most business owners agree that chasing overdue accounts through the courts is the business owner’s worst nightmare, the importance of vigilance in reviewing and maintaining an adequate cash-flow goes without saying. […]

By | January 30th, 2015|Topical Issues|0 Comments

Employee Emails – Access and Use by Employers

Australia does not have uniform laws governing surveillance in the workplace by private sector employers. As a consequence, the rules that apply to email surveillance in the workplace depend upon the jurisdiction in which an employer is operating. […]

By | January 27th, 2015|Topical Issues|0 Comments

Cyber Security

On 24 November 2014, the Australian Financial Review (AFR) published the next in its series of special reports focusing on cyber security. […]

By | December 8th, 2014|Topical Issues|0 Comments

Caveats, a powerful tool but beware the pitfalls.

Although it is relatively simple to lodge a caveat in a form acceptable to Landgate, there are a number of issues that need to be considered. […]

By | November 27th, 2014|Topical Issues|0 Comments

Estate assets gifted to grandchildren rather than children

In the recent NSW Court of Appeal decision Chapple v Wilcox [2014] NSWCA 392, the deceased gifted his farming property under Will to his only child, a daughter. The daughter’s adult son (the grandchild of the deceased) made a claim for family provision order under the Equity Division of the Succession Act 2006 (NSW), in respect to his grandfather’s estate. This section empowers the court to make orders for the proper maintenance, education or advancement in life in favour of eligible persons for whom adequate provision has not been made under a deceased’s will. […]

By | November 25th, 2014|Estate Planning, Topical Issues|0 Comments

Questions to ask before you commit to purchasing a property

There are a number of important questions to ask (and have answered to your satisfaction) before committing yourself to purchasing real estate in Australia, whether it is to be your principal residence, a residential investment property or a commercial property: […]

By | November 25th, 2014|Property, Topical Issues|0 Comments

10 Tips for Business Success

Put your business in the best possible position to succeed by taking heed of these ten tips for entrepreneurs: […]

By | October 24th, 2014|Topical Issues|0 Comments