How to get what you deserve – ensure you get paid

Headshot of David Southwood - Solicitor at Everingham Solomons TamworthWhen you do a job, you rightly expect to be paid. Sadly, we often see clients that are chasing money for work they have done.

However, there are many things that can be done when you initially engage a client to reduce the risk that they will not pay you in the future. Similarly, in the event you are not paid, there are early steps that can be taken that will make pursuing the debt easier. Some things to consider when engaging a new client include the following:

  • Client Details: Make sure you correctly identify who your client is and ensure you have accurate details for the client.
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The Forgotten Grandchild and Contested Estates

The death of a loved one can be an upsetting and difficult time. This can be particularly so if a person feels they have been inappropriately left out of the deceased’s Will. In our experience, grandchildren can often have very significant relationships with a deceased grandparent yet they may be left out of their Will. Fortunately, there is a way by which a grandchild can seek to receive a share of the deceased’s Estate.

The Succession Act provides a means by which an “eligible person” can apply to the Court seeking an order that they be given greater provision from a deceased’s Estate.… Read More

So you won your court case. That might not be the end of the story.

Before you sue someone, it is critical to consider whether you will actually be able to get them to pay you money or give you property if you win your court case. If you don’t, you could be in the unfortunate position of having won your case but not being able to enjoy the spoils of your victory.

Generally, after winning a court case the court will make orders requiring the losing party to pay the winning party a sum of money or give them certain property. However, there is nothing to guarantee that the losing party will actually obey the court’s orders immediately.… Read More

Introducing David Southwood

I have recently joined Everingham Solomons where I work in the litigation and business law team.

I moved to Tamworth in 2019 to join my wife who works at a local secondary school. I have felt warmly welcomed by the local community and I am thoroughly enjoying the lifestyle offered in Tamworth.

Prior to moving to here, I worked in Sydney at one of Australia’s largest commercial law firms where I focused on commercial litigation and business transactions. This included resolving contractual disputes, engaging with regulatory bodies, and preparing contracts/other business documents. I also spent one year working at a youth legal centre where I practised in criminal law.… Read More