How Much Does A Will Cost?

Many people question why some solicitors charge more than others for drafting a Will, especially when they just want something simple.  The short answer is: you get what you pay for.  When a solicitor charges competitively low fees, it’s likely that they are spending less time on your matter as a way to keep the…

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First Home Owners Grant Under Scrutiny

It’s a scheme that has helped thousands of Australians to achieve their dream of home ownership. As property prices continue to rise, it’s become an increasingly important aspect of property transactions. But like all things, the nationally implemented First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) comes with strings attached in the form of some fairly strict conditions.…

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Defamation – What Could It Cost?

Two recent Supreme Court cases have proven just how costly it can be to defame someone. An Expensive Google ‘Review’ An Adelaide lawyer was awarded damages in the amount of $750,000.00 after successfully establishing he had been defamed in a false Google review.  The ‘reviewer’ Isabella Lok had never met the lawyer, nor had she…

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Do I still have to go to court during the pandemic?

Many people who are due to appear in Court in the coming weeks have been left wondering whether they still have to attend or how the restrictions on gathering might affect their case. It’s important to be aware that the national directives that are announced by the Prime Minister don’t automatically amount to law in…

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When can I change my child’s name?

When can one parent apply to change their child’s name?  Recently, the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard a Mother’s Application to change her son’s surname and had to consider the question of whether this was in the best interests of the child.  How do you do that when the child is only ten…

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Family law property settlement – what is a PPP500 case?

From 1 March 2020 new streamlined Court procedures will mean faster resolution of many Family Law Property Settlement cases.  The Federal Circuit Court introduce the new process for property matters filed in the Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Parramatta registries in cases where the net asset pool is likely to be $500,000 or less and neither…

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