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Breaking News: Retail Shop Leases and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation

Articles | Property Law

BREAKING NEWS: New Regulation Just Released The Queensland Government has released the regulations to accompany the Legislation which was enacted on 23 April 2020 dealing with retail and other commercial…

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News Alert: COVID & Landlords of Commercial & Retail Premises

Articles | Property Law

As promised, here is the latest update on the evolving situation with Landlord and Tenants on Commercial, Industrial and Retail Premises. The Prime Minister has announced this afternoon that the…

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How Landlords Should Respond to COVID-19

Articles | Property Law

We understand that being a Landlord at the moment is an extremely difficult time. We all await further clarification from the Federal Government as to what incentives, if any, will…

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COVID-19 Rent Relief

Articles | Property Law

As you are all aware, we are all anxiously awaiting the announcement of the Government’s rent relief package which is expected as part of the third stimulus package, as a…

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Force Majeure: How does an ‘Act of God’ Clause Affect Your Contract

Articles | Property Law

On 30 January 2020, the Director General of the World Health Organisation declared the novel coronavirus COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) outbreak around the world a “public health emergency of international concern”. We…

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Are You Legally Protected from Bushfires?

Articles | Property Law

This month Bushfires are raging across Queensland and destroying lives, homes and valuable properties along the way. The current situation across both Queensland and New South West is dire, with…

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The Risks of Buying Off The Plan

Podcasts | Property Law

On face value, the notion of buying something you haven’t yet seen poses plenty of questions, but yet plenty of people will buy a property that hasn’t yet been built…

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Before You Buy a Property on the Gold Coast, Listen to This!

Podcasts | Property Law

The Gold Coast if you know, is renowned for its diverse property appeal, but in 2018 property experts are saying that infrastructure in the Northern and Central suburbs will contribute…

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What is an Off-the-Plan Contract?

Property Law | Videos

In this video, Partner & Accredited Property Law Specialist, Simon Bennett explains what is an off-the-plan contract.

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The 5 Essential Things You have to Do Before Buying a Duplex

Property Law | Videos

In this video, Partner & Accredited Property Law Specialist, Simon Bennett discusses what you need to know before purchasing a duplex.

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What You Need to Know About Structuring

Property Law | Videos

One of the most important considerations in both establishing and running a business is getting the structuring right at the outset. In this video, our Simon Bennett discusses the things…

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What Do I Do If I Need Access Through My Neighbour’s Land?

Property Law | Videos

In this video, OMB Solicitors Senior Associate Cameron Marshall discusses the things you need to do if you need access to your neighbour’s lot.

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The Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Duplex

Property Law | Videos

What are Things You Should Consider Before a Buying a Duplex? In this video, OMB Solicitors’ Partner & Accredited Property Law Specialist, Simon Bennett discusses the things that you should…

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What New Zealand Citizens Need to Know Before Purchasing Property in Queensland

Property Law | Videos

What New Zealand Citizens need to know before considering purchasing Property in Queensland? In this video, Property Law Associate Jessica Thomas talks about legal considerations for New Zealand Citizens thinking about…

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Enduring Power of Attorney: The Difference Between Appointing an Attorney ‘Severally’ Versus ‘Jointly’ in Queensland

Articles | Wills and Estates

When people come to plan out their affairs for the later stages of their life, they are generally encouraged to nominate an enduring power of attorney. This is a legal…

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Can I Do a Video Will?

Articles | Wills and Estates

Smartphones have put a video camera in the pocket of nearly every person you see, with widespread and profound impacts for various sections of society, including security, surveillance and in…

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The Importance of Sole Company Directors having a Will

Articles | Wills and Estates

As adults, most of us are probably aware that dying intestate (without a valid will) can complicate matters for our families and loved ones. But did you know that dying…

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The Importance of an Up To Date Enduring Power Of Attorney

Articles | Wills and Estates

What happens if you are outside the country and you need someone to urgently act on your behalf, or are incapacitated and unable to make decisions for yourself? An Enduring…

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Statutory Wills: Making A Will For Person Who Lacks Capacity

Articles | Wills and Estates

Let’s face it, as responsible adults there are certain things we simply have to do whether we like it or not. We have to work. We have to pay bills….

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What Can I do if I Have Been Left Out of a Will?

Articles | Wills and Estates

If you have been excluded from a Will, it probably seems like a slap in the face. You may be feeling hurt and angry – especially if the person who…

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The Ticking Time Bomb in Your Estate Plan

Podcasts | Wills and Estates

When it comes to estate planning, you might be surprised that often the biggest asset that you may leave behind might not be your property pool, but rather your superannuation….

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What is an Executor and How Do I Choose One?

Podcasts | Wills and Estates

If you’re like many people when it comes to estate planning, you probably don’t give the attention that’s necessary in choosing who your executor will be but rather simply opting…

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Why Simple Wills Rarely Work Anymore

Podcasts | Wills and Estates

The fabric of the traditional family unit has changed and continues to change! Once, Mum, Dad and the 3 kids, were locked into family bliss, or maybe not, but nevertheless…

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Taking Care of Your Will and Other Important Documents During COVID-19

Videos | Wills and Estates

In this video, our Richard Dawson talks about how you can take your estate planning documents during COVID-19.

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The Difference Between a General Power of Attorney & an Enduring Power of Attorney

Videos | Wills and Estates

In this video, OMB Solicitors Associate Steven Mahoney discusses the difference between a General Power of Attorney and an Enduring Power of Attorney. Contact our Gold Coast Lawyers team for…

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5 Common Myths Associated with Estate Planning

Videos | Wills and Estates

What are of the most 5 Common Myths Associated with Estate Planning? In this video, Wills & Estates Solicitor Steven Mahoney talks about Superannuation myths, who should have a Will and other reasons…

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What is a Will & Enduring Power of Attorney?

Videos | Wills and Estates

We are often asked the question ‘What is a Will & Enduring Power of Attorney’? In this video, Wills & Estates Solicitor Steven Mahoney explains why it’s important to have these in place…

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What Happens if You Die Without a Will?

Videos | Wills and Estates

We are often asked the question ‘What happens if I die without a Will? In this video, Wills & Estates Solicitor Richard Dawson takes us through the issues that arise from not having a…

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Differences Between Single and Multiple Testamentary Trusts in a person’s Will – Video Part 4

Videos | Wills and Estates

What are the differences between Single and Multiple Testamentary Trusts in a person’s Will? In Part 4 of our Part 5 series Wills & Estates Solicitor Richard Dawson takes us through…

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Protecting a child through a “No Time and No Communication Order”

Articles | Family Law

Extreme behaviour resulting in extreme orders The Family Law Act states clearly that a child has a right to know and have a relationship with each of their parents.  However,…

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Covid-19 and Binding Child Support Agreements – When Binding simply cannot be Binding

Articles | Family Law

When parents seek to formalize their child support matters, it is becoming increasingly common for them to have certainty and security in that regard and for this reason, Binding Child…

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Resolution – All you need is the will and wherewithal

Articles | Family Law

In my frequent review of recent Family Law decisions of the Family Law Courts (Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia) I stumbled across a first instance decision of…

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Everything You Need to Know About Family Reports

Articles | Family Law

When you and the other parent of your child or children, cannot reach an agreement on the living arrangements for your children after separation, and you have exhausted all avenues…

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Communication Extremes, Social Media Campaigns and Family Law Proceedings

Articles | Family Law

How being involved in extreme social media campaigns can affect the Court’s perception of a parent’s insight and child focus. Judge Neville of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in…

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What Not to Do in a Parenting Dispute

Articles | Family Law

Whilst there is no one fits all strategy in a parenting dispute, there are some pretty safe rules or tips I give my clients when advising them on how to…

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Can I Recover My Costs in Family Law Proceedings?

Family Law | Podcasts

In this podcast, OMB Solicitors, Family Lawyer, Gary Mallett answers the commonly asked question, as to whether costs can be recovered in family law matters. What is the General Rule…

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What is a Family Report?

Family Law | Podcasts

In family law matters, you may have heard of the term, “family report,” but what is it and in what circumstances do they apply. In this podcast, Gary Mallett, our…

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Do Grandparents Have Rights in Family Law Disputes?

Family Law | Podcasts

We know that family law disputes are often tumultuous with so many people, quite apart from the 2 spouses and children that are caught in the crossfire. One such group,…

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What You Should Do if You have Reached an Agreement in Your Family Law Matter

Family Law | Videos

In this video, Partner & Accredited Family Law Specialist, Abbi Golightly discusses what should you do next if an agreement is reached in your Family Law matter.

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Your First Appointment with Our Family Lawyers

Family Law | Videos

In this video, OMB Partner & Accredited Family Law Specialist, Abbi Golightly discusses some useful things to consider prior to your first appointment with your family lawyer.

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The Things You Need to Know After Separation

Family Law | Videos

What are Things You Should Consider After Separation? In this video, OMB Solicitors‘ Associate and Family Lawyer, Gary Mallett talks about the things you need to know after having been…

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How to Respond to Lot Owner Questions about Levies

Articles | Body Corporate

Can the body corporate change the levies? While a committee is responsible for day-to-day management of the body corporate (within its expenditure limits), the legislation does not allow a committee…

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COVID-19 – Closing of Common Property Facilities

Articles | Body Corporate

A number of lot owners have been asking “are my levies going to be reduced/discounted if the committee closes the gym”? This question stems from the Government’s decision to close…

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News for Owners Corporations (NSW) Regarding COVID-19 and Levy Recovery.

Articles | Body Corporate

Frequently Asked Questions About Levies & the Impact of COVID-19 Owners Corporations are challenged with balancing its statutory obligations with the rights of owners and occupiers (and the broader community)…

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News for Bodies Corporate (QLD) Regarding COVID-19 and Levy Recovery

Articles | Body Corporate

Frequently Asked Questions About Levies & the Impact of COVID-19 The Queensland Government recently reported that “Bodies Corporate and their committees have a statutory obligation to act reasonably”, which includes…

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Short Term Letting – Body Corporate

Articles | Body Corporate

The advent of short-term stay platforms such as Airbnb and Stayz have been a boon both for those looking for extra accommodation options in popular locations and those looking to…

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Defamation in Strata. What You Need to Know

Articles | Body Corporate

Anyone who has had dealings with strata management and bodies corporate will know that in worst-case scenarios, they can become minefields of petty politicking and administrative overkill. Often, relations between…

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Common Body Corporate Questions Answered

Body Corporate | Podcasts

In this podcast, OMB Solicitors Partner, Juliette Nairn answers some commonly asked questions by bodies corporate. Dan: The first question we have here is, in the event that an owner…

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What Happens if a Body Corporate Caretaker Wishes to Sell its Management Rights to a New Caretaker and Wants the Committee to Agree to it?

Body Corporate | Podcasts

In the context of bodies corporate, one commonly asked question is, what happens in the event that a body corporate caretaker wishes to sell its management rights to a new…

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How Does a Body Corporate Change its By-Laws?

Body Corporate | Podcasts

With the sheer number of Bodies Corporate on the Gold Coast, it’s probably not surprising that the need to change a bylaw occurs quite regularly. But how is that change…

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What Happens When Body Corporate Levies Go Unpaid?

Body Corporate | Podcasts

If you own a lot within a community title scheme, then it’s likely that you may be aware that they are required to pay Body Corporate levies. However, it can…

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I Want to List My Unit on Airbnb. Do I Need Permission from the Body Corporate?

Body Corporate | Podcasts

Have you heard of Airbnb? You probably have and heard also about owners of properties who are making significant money letting their place out on the Airbnb platform. But if you’re…

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5 Important Things You Need to Know About Bodies Corporate

Body Corporate | Videos

In this video, Senior Associate, Tom Robinson discusses 5 Things You Should Know About Bodies Corporate.

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Relaxed Restrictions Allowing Common Property Facilities to Open

Body Corporate | Videos

In this video, Tom Robinson discusses the recent amendments to the Queensland health directions which confirms the reopening of communal facilities, including our bodies corporate common property facilities.

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Amendment to Financial Arrangements for Bodies Corporate Passed

Body Corporate | Videos

In this video, Associate, Elisha Hodgson discusses the impact of the Justice and Other Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Amendment Bill which relates to levy recovery. The legislation received assent on…

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3 Things That Bodies Corporate Should Know During COVID-19

Body Corporate | Videos

In this video, OMB Solicitors’ Associate, Elisha Hodgson discusses three things that bodies corporate should know during COVID-19.

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How Bodies Corporate can Comply with the AGM Requirements During COVD-19

Body Corporate | Videos

In this video, our Tom Robinson talks about how bodies corporate can comply with the AGM (Annual General Meeting) Requirements in light of the strict COVID-19 restrictions put in place.

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How Does a Committee Protect its Body Corporate Community from the COVID-19 Virus?

Body Corporate | Videos

In this video, OMB Solicitors Partner, Juliette Nairn discusses ways in which a committee can protect its body corporate community from COVID-19. In the event that you require further information,...

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Buying A Business

Business Law | Property Law | Videos

Before undertaking Buying A Business we take a look at the complicated transactions and how we can help. In this video, Property Law Partner and Accredited Specialist (Property Law) Simon Bennett gives us…

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What are the Risks of Becoming a Franchisee?

Articles | Business Law

Many people have a desire to start their own business, chasing the dream of independence, control of their own destiny and, hopefully, riches. But for many the risks associated with…

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Your Business Your Dream

Articles | Business Law

Buying or selling a business can be a stressful time. Your business is often your dream and the motivation and income source for your family. But the process of buying…

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What Happens to a Business in a Family Law Dispute?

Articles | Business Law | Family Law

Introduction In family law property settlement proceedings  all assets and liabilities of each party, (whether they are owned jointly or separately) are combined to form what is commonly known as…

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What Happens When the Honeymoon is Over?

Articles | Business Law

As with most relationships when parties initially form that relationship be it personal or business the relationship is in what is often phrased “the honeymoon phase”…

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The Importance of Open Communication within Body Corporate Committees

Articles | Body Corporate | Business Law

I always find it interesting when I attend a budget committee meeting and the committee expresses to me their disappointment ….

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Mortgage Mayhem

Articles | Business Law

Higher interest and a cooling financial climate can cause havoc for unprotected borrowers and lenders.

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How Your Business Can Recover Debt if You Have Received a Court Judgement

Business Law | Podcasts

If you’re a business and you’re owed money and have received a court judgement to recover the debt, what are the next steps? In this podcast, Cameron Marshall, Business Lawyer…

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What is the Best Business Structure for a Tradesman Wanting to Start their Own Business?

Business Law | Podcasts

If you’re a tradesman contemplating going out on your own, there’s probably a bunch of things going on in your mind, one which may be how do you legally set…

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What You Need to Know Before You Sell Your Business

Business Law | Podcasts

For many business owners, they’ve dedicated years and years of blood, sweat, and tears into their enterprise, hoping that one day, all their efforts will pay off when they sell…

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10 Ways to Improve Your Debt Recovery Process

Articles | Ligitation

One of the most frustrating aspects of running a business is not being paid on time for the goods and services you provide. Customers who don’t pay on time eventually…

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Benefits of Mediation

Articles | Ligitation

Litigation can be inherently uncertain, time consuming and expensive. This is fundamentally why the majority of disputes that come across our desk are resolved out of court. Parties are encouraged…

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Protect Yourself at all Times

Articles | Ligitation

The year 2011 will be remembered for natural disasters – Brisbane floods, North Queensland Cyclones, Christchurch earthquake and the Japanese tsunami.

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Courts, Cost & Considerations

Articles | Ligitation

An experienced solicitor offers viable solutions in the face of legal action. Leading Gold Coast lawyer Simon Bennett says courts are often described as casinos for the rich. “Most people think only…

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How Builders Can Resolve Disputes Quickly

Ligitation | Podcasts

The building and construction space is the source of many legal disputes that arise out of complicated contract arrangements. This will often lead to the parties enforcing their legal rights,…

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Debt Recovery in Queensland

Ligitation | Videos

In this video, OMB Solicitors Senior Associate, Cameron Marshall explains how COVID-19 affects debt recovery in Queensland.

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How Our Litigation Team Can Help

Ligitation | Videos

How our Litigation Team can help you with Leasing, Contractual, Building, Body Corporate, Product Liability, Property, Trusts & Estate Litigation Disputes In this video, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Senior Solicitor Cameron Marshall explains how…

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Five Things a Body Corporate Should Know when Entering into a Build Contract

Body Corporate | Ligitation | Videos

What are five things a Body Corporate should know when entering into a Build Contract? In this video, Dispute Resolution Senior Solicitor Cameron Marshall talks to us about issues for Bodies Corporate when…

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Are You Covered if Your Airbnb Guests Injures Themselves?

Articles | Insurance

This is the first question that you should ask yourself if you are considering renting your property on Airbnb. Are you renting your whole house or unit on Airbnb or…

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Putting a Price On Pain & Suffering

Articles | Insurance

Recent reform to awards for pain and suffering for those who have suffered a workplace injury brings the Workers Compensation & Rehabilitation Act into line with the damages available under the Civil…

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