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Protecting My Interests in Property

Articles | Property Law

A Caveat is a legal document registered on the Title of a property which generally prevents dealings with that property without the lodger’s consent. Once registered on Title, it acts…

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Property on the Line

Articles | Property Law

Leading Gold Coast solicitor Simon Bennett looks at the impact of the rapid transit light rail project on landowners and bodies corporate.

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Property and Prosperity

Articles | Property Law

Property prices and dining experiences have replaced sex and the footy as primary topics of conversation in urban Australia. Choosing the wrong restaurant is a mistake, poor property decisions can spell disaster.

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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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Small And Medium-Sized Developments

with Simon Bennett

Buying a Business

with Simon Bennett

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

with Jessica Thomas

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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A Ten Point Strategy to Make Sure Your Estate Planning is Up to Date

Articles | Wills and Estates

It’s one of those things that we all know we should do – but we don’t necessarily want to do it. As adults we’re all aware that it’s important to…

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Will Shock: Could an unsent text message be a valid will?

Articles | Wills and Estates

In Queensland, a valid will is written and signed by either the person making the will (the Testator) or directed by the Testator in their presence. The testator must sign...

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The Two Most Important Things to Do Before Heading Overseas

Articles | Wills and Estates

If you’re like most Australians contemplating a trip overseas, it’s likely you’re going to forget to take care of 2 fundamentally important things, that if not addressed can have a…

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Wills – The Unavoidable Topic

Articles | Wills and Estates

It’s human nature to refuse to accept the obvious – nothing is more certain than death and taxes. Making a Will isn’t morbid – it is the only way to…

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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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What Happens if You Die Without a Will?

with Richard Dawson

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What is a Will and Enduring Power of Attorney?

with Steven Mahoney

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The Reasons Why You Should Consider a Testamentary Trust

with Richard Dawson

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Divorce & Separation in Australia: Who Gets What in Settlements?

Articles | Family Law

For Australians going through divorce and separation, there are plenty of advantages of living in the ‘Information Age’. Now it is easier than ever before to access the court forms…

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Spousal Maintenance Frequently Asked Questions

Articles | Family Law

Even in a best-case scenario – one in which you and your partner have decided to end the marriage on amicable terms – questions may arise about your legal rights…

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Post-Separation Assets – Who Gets What?

Articles | Family Law

Who gets what will depend on the facts Australian statistics show that one third of relationships end in separation or divorce. The growing breakdown of relationships caused by divorce or…

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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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How to Get a Divorce in Australia

Articles | Family Law

There’s no doubt about it. Ending a relationship is never easy. But in Australia, ending a marriage is relatively simple – at least in the eyes of the law. This…

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When Mediation Fails and an Agreement Cannot be Reached

Articles | Family Law

When alternative dispute resolution processes do not resolve the property or parenting issues in dispute with your ex-partner (taking into account that these processes require the co-operation of your ex-partner)…

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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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Nuisance Communication – Rights of Body Corporate

Articles | Body Corporate

Ten phone calls, fifty voice messages and a disgruntled lot owner who wants answers yesterday – there is always one. But when does it constitute a nuisance communication and what…

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The Roles and Responsibilities of Body Corporate Members

Articles | Body Corporate

There is little doubt that both the role and responsibilities of body corporate members can be onerous. In this video, OMB Solicitors’ Tom Robinson discusses those characteristics and in particular,…

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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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Know Where to Stand

Articles | Body Corporate

Are you ready for your Body Corporate Levies to change again? The calculation of who pays what levies in a body corporate has been contentious for some time. The major…

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Body Corporate Feuds

Articles | Body Corporate

Body corporate disputes are nothing new but Juliette Nairn from OMB Solicitors has the ability to steer you through what can be a minefield of litigation. Are you frustrated by…

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Common Body Corporate Questions Answered

Body Corporate | Podcasts

In this podcast, OMB 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 is…

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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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The Roles and Responsibilities of Body Corporate Members

with Tom Robinson

Management Rights - Assignments and
Variations

with Tom Robinson

Body Corporate - Nuisance Communication

with Elisha Hodgson

Body Corporate - Levy Recovery

with Elisha Hodgson

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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Planning Helps When Disaster Strikes

Articles | Business Law

Australia has suffered a number of natural disasters and health scares recently. Forward planning can minimise impact on individuals and business.

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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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Social Media and Defamation

Articles | Ligitation

Ben Strangman discusses the increasing perils of posting on social media and how it could affect you.

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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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Should You Choose to Litigate or Not?

Ligitation | Podcasts

Conflict is sadly a part of most relationships, be it business or otherwise, but in the context of former, litigation for many is often their preferred choice to resolve issues….

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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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5 Things From a Bodies Corporate Perspective When Entering Into a Contract

with Cameron Marshall

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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