NEW LAWS ALLOW FOR HOME DETENTION INSTEAD OF IMPRISONMENT

Landmark new sentencing laws allow for defendants in criminal law cases to be sentenced to home detention rather than imprisonment. From 1 September 2016, judges will be able to sentence defendants to serve a term of home detention rather than a custodial term.  This represents a complete change to the community corrections system and is…

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ADELADY AND WEBSTERS LAWYERS: A GREAT LOCAL PARTNERSHIP

Here at Websters Lawyers, we love all things South Australian. We especially love a home-grown success story. Take Adelady, for example. Two local ladies, Hayley Pearson and Lauren De Cesare, decided to start a website celebrating the best of South Australia. With a female focus, there are no prizes for guessing how they came to…

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CAVEATS: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR INTEREST OVER HOUSE AND LAND

If you’ve ever considered buying or selling a house, you may be familiar with all the nuts and bolts of real estate, conveyancing and some of the surrounding legal issues. But there’s one instrument that usually lurks quietly in the background because there’s not a huge demand for its services. It’s the caveat. It may…

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THE PRINCE AND THE PRETENDER

We may all sleep a little easier after a recent decision of the South Australian Supreme Court, in which a fraudster was denied the chance to continue to defend a claim against him. The Court found that he had not produced any reliable evidence, despite his purported links to a Saudi Prince, the CIA and…

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CONTESTING A WILL: WHAT IS ADEQUATE PROVISION?

When a man disinherited three of his children but left $1.6 million to charity, his children took legal action against his estate. This case raised a question about what is “adequate provision” and whether strained family relationships can disentitle children from an inheritance. The facts The man was a farmer who owned two properties. He…

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LAWYER OR MIGRATION AGENT: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

You’ve made the decision to migrate to Australia and you’ve started planning your move, right down to what you’ll pack in your suitcases. But before you get to that, you need to organise a visa. Friends have told you to get help from a professional based in Australia. You look into it and discover that…

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