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Family Law April 1, 2011

New Surrogacy Act 2010 commences: 1 March 2011

As of 1 March 2011, it is an offence in NSW to enter into commercial surrogacy arrangements. The Surrogacy Act 2010 came into effect on the 1st March this year, making it illegal to begin commercial surrogacy arrangements after that date, however, regulations to be made under the Act do make provision for those who […]

Commercial and Business Law, Corporate Advisory April 1, 2011

What you need to know about buying a franchise

It sounds ideal – a solid business opportunity where you still get to be your own boss. If you are considering buying a franchise you need to make sure that you are buying into a solid business opportunity and not a scam. Before you sign on the dotted line be aware of the following issues […]

Commercial and Business Law April 1, 2011

Australian Consumer Law

Since 1 January 2011, all Australian businesses have been operating under a new, national consumer law. The Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) has been renamed the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth). Schedule 2 of that statute sets out the new Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The ACL replaced provisions in 20 national, state and territorial […]

Immigration Law, Wills and Estates Law March 1, 2011

Retirement requirements and immigration

Thinking about your retirement can be daunting, even though we are constantly reminded since the start of our careers to think about it. Did you know there are Retirement Visas for older people who want to retire in Australia? There are certain requirements that need to be satisfied, and different visa options depending on your […]

Family Law, Property Law March 1, 2011

Property Settlements and bankruptcy

If you are involved in family law property proceedings and the other party to the marriage or de facto relationship goes bankrupt it will affect the way in which the Family Court is able to deal with the proceedings. When a person is bankrupt all their property, including personal property and real property, becomes vested […]

Commercial and Business Law, Corporate Advisory March 1, 2011

Small Business: Working with Contracts

For most small businesses, contracts are part of everyday life. Whether selling goods, purchasing materials, employing staff, negotiating and signing on arrangements with customers, clients and providers, it is important to understand contracts and their implications for establishing best practice and solid business agreements. It is imperative to become familiar with the essentials of contracts, […]

Immigration Law February 1, 2011

Visa Options for Nurses

Australia has a shortage of qualified nurses.  The demand for experienced nurses is particularly acute in regional areas of Australia.  As such, an experienced registered nurse may have a number of different visa options for living and working in Australia.  There may also be other options open to nurses undertaking study prior to full qualification. […]

Family Law February 1, 2011

Grandparent rights under the Family Law Act

In 2006 a grandparents right to contact with their grandchildren was finally recognised in the Family Law Act. Before this the word “grandparent” was not mentioned in the Act in relation to any rights to maintain a relationship with their grandchildren on the breakdown of a marriage. The changes were introduced to address the common […]

Dispute Resolution February 1, 2011

Insurance Basics

Recent flooding in Queensland and other parts of Australia has highlighted the critical need for businesses to have adequate insurance coverage. Many small business owners have lost everything and will have an extremely difficult time rebuilding their operations. While assistance from the State and Commonwealth governments may help, it remains unclear if financial institutions will […]

Immigration Law January 1, 2011

Migrating under the Employer Nomination Scheme

Since 14 July 2010, the Commonwealth Government has given employer sponsored applications for general skilled migration the highest level of priority. This includes applications under the Regional Skilled Migration Scheme and the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS). The ENS enables employers to sponsor employees for permanent residence.  Only Australian businesses can take advantage of the ENS […]