By Jake Woolford
Ever-increasing incidents of fraud and a move to digital technology are the motivators for important changes to the laws that govern real property sales and transfers in South Australia (conveyancing).
Fraud has long been a concern in conveyancing and it is anticipated that the changes, most of which take effect from 4 July 2016, will make the conveyancing system more secure.
Verification of Identity
The changes were kicked off in 2013 with Verification of Identity requirements (VOI). Regardless of whether you’re the buyer...
By Kaela Dore
Victims of crime will soon be entitled to claim up to a maximum of $100,000 in compensation. This change, which comes into effect on 1 July 2016, will be a huge increase on the current maximum compensation of $50,000.
How does the Victims of Crime scheme work?
Assault, rape, robbery. They’re all terrible crimes that have a lasting impact on their victims. The South Australian government has recognised this since 1969, with a scheme that compensates victims of crime (VOC).
The law acknowledges that people can become victims of...
An intoxicated woman who suffered a serious injury to her right leg when she fell from a chair on which she was dancing at a hotel in the early hours of the morning sued the hotel claimed that they were at fault for selling her too much alcohol and not preventing her from dancing on the chair.
The woman’s claim was refused by the District Court and was appealed to the Supreme Court of South Australia.
The Court was told that after the woman arrived at the hotel, she purchased three schooners of beer and had spent some time in the outside...
Anyone who searches the term workers compensation online for lawyers will soon learn that there has been a significant shift in South Australian Workers Compensation law.
1 July 2015 brought with it the Return to Work Act 2014, which had a massive impact on compensation rights for injured workers. The most significant changes relate to:
weekly income maintenance payments;
ongoing medical expenses, and
workers compensation payouts
Weekly Income Maintenance Payments
If an injured worker was in receipt of weekly payments on or before 1...
It is becoming increasingly more common for witnesses in criminal cases to conduct their own investigations via Facebook. How reliable is it when the identification of an accused person by a witness occurs after the witness has had access to Facebook photographs of the accused?
Courts in South Australia have recently had to consider the problems associated with this kind of ‘Facebook identification’.
One case involved an assault at a nightclub where photographs from the event had been uploaded to the nightclub’s Facebook page. One of...
A recent decision of the District Court has highlighted the importance of not only selecting the correct court to hear your car crash accident claim, but also ensuring that the assessment of what your claim is worth is continually revisited.
The elderly plaintiffs in this case commenced their claims in June 2013 in the District Court for injuries sustainedin two separate car crashesin Adelaide.While the other drivers in each accident admitted they had driven negligently,they denied the plaintiffs were injured or that the injuries were as...
SAPOL’s Operation Distraction has targeted South Australian motorists who are using their mobile phones while driving.
Police tasked to Operation Distraction have been patrolling the streets and intersections undercover to fine drivers who use their phone while driving or stationary. An Expiation Notice for Driving while Using Mobile Phone issued carries a fine of $375 (including the victims of crime levy) and 3 demerit points.
If you have received an Expiation Notice issued by South Australian Police as a part of Operation Distraction...
Will preparation and peace of mind
Preparing wills in Adelaide isn’t exactly something that people look forward to. It’s often a taxing and highly stressful situation but albeit a necessary one as it can prove instrumental towards securing your family’s future. While we have no way of knowing what is in store for us in the years ahead; we can always take the initiative and prepare our family for any eventuality. Getting power of attorney to undertake and execute our will is just one way for us to do all that.
Preparing your will...
No Win No Fee Lawyers – a favourable legal arrangement
Are you wondering about no win no fee claims in Adelaide and what it’s really all about? The cost of legal services in the country can be quite steep but what if we told you that there’s a way of getting some of the best legal help around without any out of pocket expense; that’s exactly the kind of legal arrangement that no win no fee lawyers have to offer!
The perception most people have about hiring solicitors is that they can be expensive and if a ruling goes against...
What to look out for when hiring legal advice?
Are you looking to hire lawyers in Adelaide? Legal issues can be such a headache and you might find yourself in a difficult situation but remember that things can always get much worse especially if you end up choosing the wrong attorney.
If you’re faced with the difficult situation of hiring a lawyer in Adelaide, what’s most important is to find one who’s not only competent but also willing to show compassion with clients struggling to come to terms with their trauma.
The Adelaide lawyer...
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