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What is parental responsibility in relation to family law?

What is parental responsibility in family law matters

When discussing parenting arrangements for your child after separation, you may hear the term 'parental responsibility' being used. What does it mean? Why is it important? Does it govern the amount of time each parent spends with the child/children?
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Managing a self-managed super fund if a trustee or director loses capacity

What if I lose capacity while Trustee of my Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF)?

If a Trustee or Director of a corporate Trustee of a Self-Managed Superannuation Fund loses legal capacity to make decisions for themselves, then they will no longer be able to perform their duties as a Trustee or as a Trustee Director.
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Are handwritten changes to a Will valid?

Handwritten and other informal changes to a Will

It can be tempting to handwrite the changes a copy of the Will or even on the original, rather than going to the cost of writing a new Will. The issue is whether handwritten amendments to your Will are valid.
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Leaving gifts or money to my grandchildren in my Will

How to leave money or gifts to your grandchildren in your Will

There is certainly no problem in making a gift to grandchildren in your Will but there are a number of choices that need to be made, particularly where the grandchildren are young.
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What is a fair property settlement after separation?

Negotiating property settlement – what’s a fair share?

A common comment we hear, after separation, is "we have decided to split the assets 50:50 as that is fair". On the surface, this may look fair but delving deeper, it may not be in your best interests and it may not be what the Court considers just and equitable.
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How is land tax treated on property held in a trust?

Land tax liability when property is held in a trust

If property is held in a trust, then depending on the type of trust, there are different rules and requirements in respect of how land tax is treated.
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Co-ownership agreements when buying property jointly

Do you need a property co-ownership agreement?

With the rising cost of housing, particularly in Sydney, situations of co-ownership of property between multiple persons are becoming more common. In this article, we look at seven scenarios where having a co-ownership agreement in place could be beneficial.
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Who pays land tax in NSW?

Who pays land tax and how is it calculated?

Many people have received correspondence from Revenue NSW with an invoice for multiples years of land tax because they did not know they were liable for land tax and had not registered. Find out if you have to pay and how much you might have to pay.
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Tax changes for discretionary trusts NSW

Tax changes for Discretionary Trusts after 31 December 2020

If your Discretionary Trust holds or acquires residential land in NSW after 31 December 2020 then your trust will be liable to surcharge duty and surcharge land tax if you do not amend your Trust Deed before 31 December 2020.
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How do we divide personal possessions after death of a parent?

Dividing personal possessions after the death of a parent

When a parent dies, it can be difficult for the children to deal with the contents of the home including things like furniture, artwork, antiques, memorabilia and so on. A lot of those things may have little commercial value but often have a very high sentimental value. But you still need to know how to go about division of these items and when you can do it.
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Are there time limits for property settlement?

Are there time limits for property settlement after separation or divorce?

One of the first questions a family law lawyer may ask you is 'when did you separate?'. There is a good reason for this question. Time limits apply to family law proceedings for property settlement.
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When should I update my Will?

When should I review or update my Will?

Your Will and estate plan ages over time but unlike a fine wine, it will rarely improve with time. There will be times during your life when you should review and/or update your Will, particularly when your personal circumstances change.
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