Parking and access issues when buying a new home

Searching for your next home, car parking may not be top of your list of priorities. A recent survey by Uswitch reveals nearly one in ten people has knocked on a neighbour’s door to complain about parking. It is not just neighbours who can cause problems. Commuters, school parents, entertainment venue and other visitors, can easily turn a quiet [...]

Challenging a dubious will where you suspect coercion

We all have the right to leave our money and property to whoever we please when we die, but the decisions we make must be arrived at freely and without undue influence from family, friends or others who hope to secure an inheritance. Unfortunately, with elder abuse and oppression of the vulnerable on the rise, there are hundreds of [...]

Dealing with estate debts as an executor

Even if someone is wealthy their estate may have debts to be dealt with after their passing – it is reported that Michael Jackson died with around $500 million worth of debt. Find out how to manage expectations if there are debts following the passing of a loved one here. Dealing with estate debts If you are an executor [...]

What does an Executor do?

Few people realise how complicated and time-consuming Executor’s duties are. Furthermore, mistakes in obtaining probate and/or administering an estate can lead to destructive family disputes and leave the Executor personally liable if a claim is commenced in court. By entrusting us to advise and represent you, you can be confident that your duties as an Executor are performed correctly. [...]

Five more potential problems with your property’s title (and how to fix them)

As many buyers look to take advantage of the temporary stamp duty holiday, now could be the right time to sell your home. To ensure any sale progresses smoothly, it is important to make sure the title to your property is in order. Last month, we outlined five potential problems with the title to your property. In the second [...]

Leases

How can a Lease be terminated? 1. The lease could be surrendered if the landlord and tenant mutually agree. The tenant cannot simply vacate and hand back the keys. 2. Forfeiture is a right to end a lease by a landlord. When exercised it operates to bring the lease to an end earlier than it would naturally end. [...]

Not so safe at work – compensation for an accident at work

Despite the extensive health and safety legislation we now have lots of people who still suffer serious injury at their place of work. The industries where accidents are statistically most likely to occur are manufacturing, construction, transportation and warehousing. However, accidents can happen in any working environment and an assistant director on the James Bond films was crushed on [...]

Choosing attorneys for your Enduring Power of Attorney

Everyone should have an enduring power of attorney, along with a will and in setting this up you will need to appoint people to act as your attorney to look after your affairs if you become unable to. You need to consider very carefully who you will choose to be your attorney, as they will be responsible for following [...]

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