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Commercial and Business Law, Corporate Advisory November 1, 2011

The requirements for creating a valid e-commerce contract

The requirements for creating a valid e-commerce contract In recent years, online shopping has exploded in popularity, with many Australians taking advantage of the strong local dollar and the ease of making purchases online. As a result of consumers doing more shopping on the internet, small businesses may have begun to consider the viability of […]

Immigration Law November 1, 2011

A brief explanation of the new points test for Certain Skilled Migration Visas

On 1 July 2011, the Australian Government introduced a new points test for certain skilled migration visas, in which a comprehensive assessment of the attributes of an applicant is made, taking into account the applicant’s English capabilities, skills, qualifications, and the age of the parties who are applying for skilled migration visas. Applicants must meet […]

Family Law November 1, 2011

Family law and spousal maintenance

Relationships that have come to an end, whether the parties were part of a marriage or a de facto coupling, are always difficult. Additionally if there are further issues relating to finance, the situation can be even more fraught – especially if one of the parties is in a weaker economic position. The Family Law […]

Immigration Law October 1, 2011

Return of the prodigal resident – resident return visas subclass 155

Are you a current or former Australian permanent resident whose travel validity period of your permanent visa has expired or is about to expire? The Five Year Resident Return Visa (Subclass 155) is for you. So tell me about yourself – What is the Resident Return visa? The Resident Return (subclass 155) visa is a […]

Dispute Resolution, Family Law October 1, 2011

What is Family Counselling and Family Dispute Resolution?

If you are involved in a separation or divorce then you may have heard the terms “family counselling” or “family dispute resolution practitioner”. Family Counselling Family counselling is a process where a family counsellor helps people affected by separation and divorce to deal with personal and interpersonal issues in relation to the relationship or issues […]

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 […]