Family Law Changes

2 April, 2009

The Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Act 2008 (Cth) (‘the Act”) received Royal Assent on 21 November 2008 but came into full operation on 1 March 2009. In broad terms, the amendments give both opposite-sex and same-sex de facto couples access to the family law courts in relation to property and maintenance disputes. Where the Family […]

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In Check will be available in hard copy

2 April, 2009

Due to the response we received from practitioners who preferred to receive In Check in hard copy and the limited number of practitioners who signed up to receive it in electronic format the decision has been made to continue to send the newsletter in paper form to those who have not registered for the electronic format for the time being. We thank all those practitioners who have registered and […]

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Pay trust money to the right person

2 April, 2009

We have had several claims where practitioners have released money held on trust in a manner that was later said to be contrary to the terms of the trust. This can occur because the practitioner: is pressured by their client to release the funds and feels that they are required to comply with their client’s instructions or the […]

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Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution – Retrospective tax on urban growth land Beware!

2 April, 2009

On 2 December 2008 the Victorian government announced that a new growth area infrastructure contribution will apply to land, that is zoned for development (usually land zoned Urban Growth Zone or equivalent), and is situated in two areas, namely: land brought into the Urban Growth Boundary in 2005; and any land brought into the Urban Growth Boundary […]

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