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NSW commercial lease regulations during COVID-19

NSW regulations for commercial leases during COVID-19. Landlord and tenant obligations and rights.

We previously wrote about commercial leases and the Federal Government Code of Conduct, back in April 2020. Since that time, the NSW State Government has passed its legislation which supports the code for NSW lease transactions.
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Is stamp duty getting abolished in NSW?

Is land tax to replace stamp duty in NSW?

It is very interesting to hear that the New South Wales State government is considering the abolition of stamp duty. What might this look like and will it actually happen?
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What’s the difference between a gift and a loan?

The difference between a loan and a gift to family members

We have seen an increasing interest of late in parents considering providing money to their kids.  One of the most common reasons is to help with the purchase of their first home. But is that money a gift? Or is that money a loan that needs to be repaid?
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Electronic funds transfers and fraud

Electronic Funds Transfer warning - everything is not always as it seems

A recent (2020) New South Wales Supreme Court decision in Deligiannidou v Sundarjee [2020] NSWSC 437 is a cautionary tale for anyone sending money electronically, particularly large sums of money in property transactions.
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How has the practice of law changed over the decades?

What has changed in my 40 years in the law?

After 40 years in the practice of law, our Director Martin Alfonso celebrates his career to date. And an obvious thing is to reflect on that time and think about what has changed, what hasn't and where to next.
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How does marriage affect my Will?

Effect of marriage on your Will and other estate planning documents

Getting married (or divorced for that matter) can have significant impacts upon any Will, Power of Attorney or Appointment of Guardian you already have in place.  Likewise, if you didn’t have any of these documents before marriage, now’s the time (before marriage or divorce), to get them done.
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Why doesn’t my lawyer just give me simple answers to my questions.

Why can't lawyers just answer with a yes or a no?

A question frequently asked by clients when they present their legal issue is whether they have a good claim. And the common response we give is "yes and no" (and machinations of that like, “it depends”). So why is that the case?
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Am I in a de facto relationship?

Am I in a de facto relationship? Defining the meaning of ‘de facto’ and why it’s important in family law

Understanding if your relationship is considered "de facto" in family law matters is important if your relationship ends and you need to divide your assets and/or access spousal maintenance.
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Loans to family members and how to protect your interests

Loans to family members; should I put it in writing?

There are a lot of reasons why you might enter into a loan arrangement with a family member. If the loan arrangement is documented appropriately, then it can be beneficial to all parties. But if you don’t put family loans in writing, there can be dire consequences.
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Commercial Rent Freeze NSW due to coronavirus

Commercial rent during COVID-19: how does the freeze on increases work?

The economic consequences of Australia's response to COVID-19, for both owners and occupiers of commercial and retail properties, have been extremely negative. This article addresses a freeze on rental increases during the pandemic.
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NSW Land Tax Concessions for Landlords During COVID-19

NSW 2020 Land Tax concessions for landlords (commercial and residential) during COVID 19

Many landlords are feeling the negative financial impacts of Australia's actions to ward off the most negative consequences of the COVID 19 pandemic. The New South Wales government is providing some relief to landlords by way of Land Tax concessions.
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Getting a Will down during the coronavirus pandemic

Making your Will during COVID 19 – it’s easier and safer than you think

There is nothing like a pandemic to focus your attention on those "I must get around to it" jobs! One of those jobs includes writing your Will.
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