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Testamentary Trust vs Discretionary Trust – which is right for you?

Each type of trust has advantages and disadvantages. This is why it’s best to obtain expert legal advice to ensure a trust suits your particular needs before embarking on the process of setting it up.

Wills and Estateswills-and-estates
Employment Law – review your staff on annualised salaries

Reconciliations for full-time employees on annualised salaries must be completed every 12 months after the arrangement starts, for employees covered by a large range of Awards

Employment Lawemployment-law
Wind farms – how should landowners protect themselves?

With wind farms becoming an increasingly important part of the electricity network, how does it work for those on whose land a wind turbine is located?

Farming, Fishing and Aquaculturefarming-fishing-and-aquaculture
Federal Court judgement provides key lessons in cyber security for business owners

A Federal Court judgement makes it clear that it is more important than ever that organisations take steps to improve their systems and processes for managing cyber risks

Information Technology and Data Privacyinformation-technology-and-data-privacy
Article: Key steps in buying a property

The key steps to take when buying a property in South Australia

Buying and Selling Propertybuying-and-selling-property
Article: What is Conveyancing?

This article explains the role of a conveyancer when you are buying or selling a property

Buying and Selling Propertybuying-and-selling-property
Article: Conveyancing – Useful Terms

A useful list of conveyancing terms with simple and clear explanations of what they mean

Buying and Selling Propertybuying-and-selling-property
Article: ATO to focus on tax minimisation strategies linked to Family Trusts

ATO announces focus on “extreme” tax minimisation strategies relating to disbursements from Family Trusts

Taxationtaxation
Ebook: Succession planning for small businesses

Introductory guide to structuring your business for succession and asset protection

Commercial Lawcommercial-law
Ebook: Voluntary Administration

Introductory guide to VA – what it is (and isn’t); the VA process; and alternatives to VA

Bankruptcy and Insolvencybankruptcy-and-insolvency
Article: Legalisation of Virtual Meetings and Documents

Companies can legally hold meetings using virtual technology and execute documents electronically

Governancegovernance
Article: Penalties Increase under Revised Franchising Code

Penalties under the Franchising Code increase to as much as $10 million. This article sets out the key changes to be aware of

Commercial Lawcommercial-law
Article: Employee or Independent Contractor?

Recent decisions by the High Court impact on the risk of independent contractors being subsequently determined by Courts as employees

Employment Lawemployment-law
Article: Cloud vs On-Premise – Confidentiality Considerations

IT lawyer Mark Ferraretto compares the confidentiality issues of cloud vs on-premise IT systems

Information Technology and Data Privacyinformation-technology-and-data-privacy
Ebook: Commercial Due Diligence

Introductory guide on how to assess a target company when considering the purchase of a business.

Commercial Lawcommercial-law
Ebook: Estate Planning

Introductory guide to wills and estates to hep you make decisions about your estate planning needs

Wills and Estateswills-and-estates
Ebook: Security for Payments Act

Introductory guide to help construction professionals navigate the Security for Payments Act and avoid the pitfalls

Building Construction and Infrastructurebuilding-construction-and-infrastructure
Ebook: Testamentary Trusts

Introductory guide to testamentary trusts to help you make decisions about your estate planning needs

Wills and Estateswills-and-estates
Article: Help! My relationship broke down but I’m not married

How couples can resolve the division of property and debt following the breakdown of a relationship outside of marriage

Family Lawfamily-law
Article: Changes to the Family Court in Australia

Revised Family Court designed to improve the processing of cases – rather than changing their outcomes

Family Lawfamily-law
Article: Do I need a testamentary trust?

Using a testamentary trust to distribute assets in a Will, plus the benefits and tax obligations of setting up this type of trust

Wills and Estateswills-and-estates
Article: Enduring Power of Attorney

The benefits of making an Enduring Power of Attorney

Wills and Estateswills-and-estates
Article: How to contest a Will

Principal Lawyer Michael Fabbro explains how you can contest a Will via a family provision claim

Wills and Estateswills-and-estates
Article: Risks of relying on Document Sharing Sites

Relying on cloud-based services to provide documents may be risky, as providing a link may not satisfy contract law

Information Technology and Data Privacyinformation-technology-and-data-privacy
Article: Cloud vs On-Premise – Governance Considerations

The governance risks of cloud vs on-premise IT systems

Information Technology and Data Privacyinformation-technology-and-data-privacy
Article: Cloud vs On-Premise – Do cloud IT systems make commercial sense?

Cloud IT systems versus on-premises systems – the relative risks of both

Information Technology and Data Privacyinformation-technology-and-data-privacy
Article: Defamation reforms

Changes to the Defamation Act may make it more difficult, and less lucrative, to pursue defamation against the media

Dispute Resolutiondispute-resolution
Article: Online Defamation

Does a High Court decision affirming that hosting and administering a social media page is akin to being a ‘publisher’ of public content provide an opportunity for redress in cases of online defamation?

Dispute Resolutiondispute-resolution
Article: Superfund Stapling

How to request ‘stapled’ superfund details from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for new employees who don’t choose a superfund

Employment Lawemployment-law
Article: Have you completed your assessment of your existing casual employees?

Does the statutory definition of casual employment require you to convert your casuals employees to permanents?

Employment Lawemployment-law
Article: Changes for Directors under the Director Identification Number Scheme

Company Directors must now register for and use a unique ID – called a Director Identification Number

Governancegovernance
Article: Could Section 553C of the Corporations Act be the Creditors Saviour?

Creditors are now able to rely upon Section 553C of the Corporations Act as a “set-off” defence to liquidators’ claims, including for insolvent trading

Bankruptcy and Insolvencybankruptcy-and-insolvency
Article: Is Voluntary Administration the Answer?

is Voluntary Administration the silver bullet that some practitioners would have you believe?

Bankruptcy and Insolvencybankruptcy-and-insolvency
Article: ATO recommences issuing of Director Penalty Notices

Directors potentially liable for a penalty equal to the value of certain taxes if they are not paid when due

Bankruptcy and Insolvencybankruptcy-and-insolvency
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