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When I purchase property, at what point will stamp duty be due?

At what point of my NSW property transaction will stamp duty be payable?

Stamp duty (now called transfer duty in NSW) is a tax imposed by the NSW Government upon the transfer of the title to the property from a Vendor to a Purchaser. In this blog, we look at when NSW stamp duty is payable on property transactions for both commercial and residential properties.
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What is a shareholders agreement and should my company have one?

What is a shareholders agreement and should my company have one?

A shareholders agreement is a company document which sets out what shareholders can and cannot do, together with the rights and obligations of the role of shareholder.
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COVID-19 list with the Family Law Courts for urgent matters

Urgent family law matters during COVID – the Family Courts have a dedicated list

If you are experiencing an urgent family law matter as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia have a dedicated court list to triage COVID-19 related family law issues which are of an urgent or priority nature.
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Things you need to consider when adding your partner to your property title.

Stamp duty exemptions when transferring property to include a partner or spouse

If you own property in NSW in only your name, it may be possible to add your spouse or partner to the title of the property without incurring stamp duty. This blog is intended to explore some of the important considerations before you proceed further with adding your partner to the title.
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Property settlements applications out of time

Property settlement out of time granted after 10 years of separation

The recent case of Vince (No 2) [2021] in February 2021 highlights the requirement for parties to financially sever their relationship within the required timeframes and deal with their property settlement.
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What is a ‘no contest’ clause in a Will and are they valid?

What is a 'no contest' clause in a Will and is there a better option?

We are frequently asked to include a 'no contest' clause in Wills. The client’s aim is to avoid a challenge being made against the Will or their estate after their passing. However, a 'no contest' clause is unlikely to be the best protection against someone contesting a Will in NSW.
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Signing an unconditional contract for the purchase of property comes with risks

The risks of rushing to unconditional exchange of contracts

When purchasing a property by negotiation there can often be an urgency to exchange contracts quickly in order to secure the property at the price agreed and to lock out any other potential purchasers. This can be fraught with risks for the purchaser.
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How do I appoint an Enduring Guardian?

Appointment of an Enduring Guardian

An Enduring Guardian is someone of your choice whom you appoint to make decisions on your behalf concerning your health and wellbeing when you become incapable of, or not in a position to do so yourself.
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How do I make a Power of Attorney?

Power of Attorney NSW – your complete guide

A Power of Attorney is a document which enables you to appoint someone to manage your financial and legal affairs when you are unable to do so. This blog is aimed to provide you with a comprehensive guide about General and Enuring Powers of Attorney.
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At what point should I engage a lawyer when buying or selling property?

Buying or selling property in NSW – when to involve your lawyer

The number of things you need to consider when buying or selling residential property can be intimidating, particularly when it is your first time buying or selling, or if it has been a long time since you last went through it.
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Recognising and acting on elder abuse

Elder abuse – protection and prevention

Elder abuse can take many forms including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, neglect, abandonment, financial abuse and self-neglect. In this article, we look at how to recognise elder abuse and how lawyers deal with it.
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How does separation or divorce effect my Will or Power of Attorney?

Effect of separation and divorce on your Will and other estate planning documents

Divorce has an effect on your Will, but this only occurs once the divorce is finalised which can be much later than the original separation. Both separation and divorce may also lead to circumstances that you did not intend. Learn here how to protect your interests.
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