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Commercial and Business Law October 1, 2011

How to wind down a company

An exit strategy is an important part of every business plan and when it finally comes down to shutting up shop, it is important to understand that it is not as easy as just simply walking away. By having an understanding of the legal requirements, this will assist you in successfully closing down your company. […]

Immigration Law September 1, 2011

From Permanent Residence to Australian Citizenship

If you are a permanent resident and wish to become an Australian citizen, you need to determine whether you meet the eligibility requirements, allowing you to become a citizen. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to become an Australian citizen, it is in your best interests to seek advice on the eligibility, and […]

Family Law September 1, 2011

Stronger Laws to Deal with International Parental Child Abduction

International parental child abductions often coincide with an acrimonious separation or divorce. Abductions may occur when parents are having difficulty negotiating parenting arrangements and child support. By some estimates, approximately 125 children are taken from Australia every year. At present, where one parent has sought or obtained a parenting order from the courts, it is […]

Immigration Law August 1, 2011

Off-topic: get in the loop about off-shore refugee visas

Australia’s humanitarian program consists of two streams, one offshore and one onshore, and is designed to enable resettlement of overseas people in Australia who have humanitarian needs. It also allows Australia to protect those already in the country who are seeking refugee status under the UN Convention. This article will focus on the offshore program. […]

Family Law, Wills and Estates Law August 1, 2011

Inheritances: What happens when a relationship breaks down?

When couples separate, they typically need to sort out how to divide their property.  This includes both assets and debts.  There are a number of ways this can be done.  Parties can agree on how to divide their property without any court involvement.  These kinds of agreements can be formalised by the court by applying […]

Commercial and Business Law, Corporate Advisory August 1, 2011

Privacy Exemptions for Small Business

Recent events regarding the abuse of privacy in the UK, namely the News of the World scandal and its subsequent closure, have prompted a wider debate about privacy and privacy legislation in Australia. To date, The Privacy Act exempts businesses with an annual turnover of $3 million or less. Telecommunications service providers, however, do have […]

Immigration Law July 1, 2011

Abroad and fraud: avoid migration scams

Fraud is a criminal offence in Australia, and that includes the migration process. Migration fraud includes document fraud, where visa applicants are responsible for the information contained within, even if someone completes it for you. Identify your identity – watch for fraud Becoming a victim of migration fraud could mean you lose money, your visa […]

Family Law July 1, 2011

Family Law: Basic Questions Relating to Parenting Orders

Parenting orders are enforceable arrangements that deal with the welfare of a child. Orders can be made by the courts, however, the desirable outcome is for the parties to reach an agreement without the intervention of the legal system. If the separating parties are unable to resolve their issues, the courts will intervene. Who can […]

Commercial and Business Law, Corporate Advisory July 1, 2011

Social Networking in Business

Many businesses including small businesses have embraced social networking sites as a way to market their products and services.  Facebook fan pages are often a popular choice, enabling members of the public to post comments about a product or service. As a result of a recent Federal Court of Australia decision, businesses may be liable […]

Immigration Law June 1, 2011

Guarding the guardians: student visa subclass 580

Student visa subclass 580 International students under 18 years of age studying in Australia on a student visa may require a guardian. There may also be exceptional circumstances where a student over 18 years of age may need a guardian for religious or cultural reasons. Student Guardian Visa 580 – what is it? This visa […]