How Should You Handle Tenants Who Sublet Property Without Your Consent?

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As house prices in Australia continue to rise and push up the cost of renting property, incidences of tenants subletting property have been on the rise. Subletting occurs when the legal tenant transfers all or part of the rights to occupy a rental property to another person. Often subletting of a property is done without the consent of the property owner. As a landlord, it is your duty to ensure that your tenants do not sublet your property since there is no legal agreement of property occupancy between you and the third party.

14 September 2016

When an Individual Should Rely on the Services of a Solicitor


Not every legal matter you need to handle in your personal life requires the expertise of a solicitor. You can typically manage many legal transactions, or prepare certain paperwork on your own and then have it properly recognized by the courts. However, there are times when an individual should consult with a solicitor and rely on their services and advice. Note when this is and how they can protect you legally.

12 September 2016

Five Questions to Ask a Commercial Lawyer Before Signing a Lease for Your New Restaurant

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If you plan to start a new restaurant, you may want to consult with a commercial lawyer through the process. These professionals can help you ensure that you have structured your business correctly and that you are minding employment laws and following other relevant statutes. In particular, commercial lawyers can also help you assess the lease agreement before you start a lease for your restaurant. 1. How are rent increases calculated?

7 September 2016

When to Hire a Foreign Law Firm

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A foreign law firm or one that specialises in law in a foreign country can be the right choice for businesses for many reason. While a domestic law firm or one without actual ties to another country may be able to help you with some foreign legal matters, there are times when it's better to rely on the specialty services of a foreign law firm. Note when that is and how they can protect and assist your business overall.

31 August 2016

Wills and Estates: How to Avoid Probate

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Probate is the official term for the process of legally 'proving' a will. A probate court is responsible for the administration of a will. After you die, your deceased estate will go into probate if the court is needed to act as administrator of your will. It may also go into probate if you did not make a will, in which case the court will be called upon to administer your estate as they see fit.

29 August 2016

When Is It Time to Consider Personal Bankruptcy?

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Declaring bankruptcy may be a difficult prospect to consider, as this is a legal process that affects your credit rating and personal finances for many years to come. However, it also means relief from debt and protection from your creditors. While only an attorney can advise you on your personal situation, note a few things to consider when deciding if it's time to declare personal bankruptcy. Are you planning any major financial obligations in the next few years?

29 August 2016

Understanding how the capacity to earn affects child support

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One of the least understood, yet highly feared, aspects of the Australian child support system is the capacity to earn assessment. However this assessment doesn't need to be feared if you understand what it entails.  What is the capacity to earn assessment? The capacity to earn assessment looks at the ability of each person to earn an income in the workplace. The most common assessment of the capacity to earn is the salary that the person has earned most recently, but other factors that can be considered include training levels, ability to access jobs in the area and experience in the field.

26 August 2016