Fisking up your Will.

Like most people do when they find themselves with a spare 5 minutes, I was scrolling through my social media feed recently and I came across some marketing material for ABC’s upcoming show Fisk. Now I’m in no way part of the Fisk marketing team, but for context, the show will revolve around a Law Firm which practices in Wills and Estates.

The video in question showed some snippets from the show along with asking the cast if they had a Will in real life. Of the six Cast members that were asked, only one confirmed that they had a Will.… Read More

Postponed Rates: A trap for the unaware

If you have bought or sold a property in the last few years, then you may have had a conversation with your Solicitor about postponed rates. If not, you probably haven’t heard of them.

The truth is postponed rates are not generally well understood, but there are consequences if they are not dealt with appropriately during a sale or purchase of property.

So what are postponed rates?

Postponed rates are a charge that Councils can levy over property.

Where you have land that is zoned commercial, industrial, residential flat building or it is permitted under a plan to be further subdivided, this land attracts higher Council rates.… Read More

Working hard or hardly working?

The Holliday season is something a lot of us look forward to for the whole year as it brings with it some much awaited time off from work.
It also brings with it a number of Public Holidays, and who doesn’t love a public holiday!

So what Public holidays do we have to look forward to over the holiday season?

In NSW Christmas day, 25 December 2020 and Boxing Day are recognised as Public Holidays.
As Boxing Day falls on a Saturday this year, there is an additional Public holiday on 28 December 2020. Bonus!
New Year’s Day is also a public holiday falling on Friday 1 January 2020.… Read More

“T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…” and that’s how your Neighbours like it!!

With the COVID-19 restrictions lightening in time for the silly season, and people are frantically organising household gatherings we would be remiss if we didn’t remind you that you have neighbours!

Yes I know you probably know that, but as the holidays are celebrated, it’s a timely reminder that noise restrictions still apply during this time.

Noise restrictions apply to all types of noise but probably most relevant for the festivities is those carols and other tunes we all love to hate. This includes musical instruments.

So how loud is too loud? Essentially, if it can be heard in your neighbour’s house, it is noise that is restricted.… Read More

Load ‘er up, but tie ‘er down

Winter is in the rear-view mirror, the scent of Spring is in the air and Summer is approaching fast. It’s the perfect time to do the odd jobs around the house and tend to those overgrown yards. However, in order for your yard to look schmick you might be required to load up the trailer and head to the tip.

This is a timely reminder for all, that penalties for uncovered, unstable and overhanging loads can be quite harsh.

Fines for these offences will see you obtain 3 demerit points and cop a fine of $457.00 per offence.

That’s quite an expensive rubbish run!… Read More

In the Zone? Extra points for you!

Did you know that for certain traffic and parking offences committed within a school zone you can incur an additional demerit point?

So not only will you incur the demerit points for whatever offence you committed, you may get an additional point for committing the offence in a School Zone. If that’s not enough, the fines that you will face are substantially higher for offences committed in a School Zone.

Take for example a Class A vehicle caught speeding, less than 10/km over the speed limit. This offence would usually get you a $121.00 fine and one demerit point. This offence committed in a School Zone would be a $200.00 fine and two demerit points.… Read More

Drugs and Driving

Mobile Drug Testing (MDT) has become common procedure when motorists are pulled over for a random breath test.

Some illicit substances can stay in your system for weeks after you use them and as such, drug driving offences are becoming more common.

MDT utilises technology that can detect the presence of illegal drugs such as ecstasy, cannabis, cocaine and methamphetamine. Most Police vehicles now have the capacity to test for these illicit substances roadside by way of an oral fluid swab.

If your roadside test is positive, you will be required to attend a police station or mobile drug testing vehicle to give a second sample.… Read More

Hands on the wheel, not on your phone.

After more than 100,000 NSW drivers being found to be illegally using their mobile phone during a recent pilot period of 6 months, the NSW government has now implemented Mobile Detection Cameras statewide.

The detection camera systems use technology which captures the front row cabin space of the vehicle to detect illegal phone use.

So perhaps a refresher of what is a legal use of a mobile while drive may assist.
An unrestricted driver is allowed to do the following while driving:

– Make or receive a call, however you must have the phone secured in a cradle or be able to use the phone without touching it.… Read More

Homebuilders Grant

Recently, the Australian Prime Minister announced a limited time only grant to assist homeowners with building a new home or substantially renovating their existing home.
The Homebuilder Grant will give eligible home owners an amount of $25,000.00 toward their building contracts.
The eligibility requirements for the grant are as follows:

1. Australian citizen/s over the age of 18 years old;
2. Owner/s of the land must not be a company or a trust;
3. Be an individual with a taxable income less than $125,000.00 or if you are a couple with a combined taxable income of less than $200,000.00;
4. Enter into a contract for building work after 4 June 2020 and before 31 December 2020, with construction commencing within 3 months of the contract date; and
5.… Read More

Is my inheritance safe if I have declared bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is the legal process by which you are declared as not being able to meet your debts.
Once you are declared bankrupt a Trustee is appointed to manage and control your assets. Essentially the appointed Trustee is given the power to sell your assets as well as use any funds in your bank account(s) that are in excess of the threshold, to pay back money owed by you. Any assets that are sold or used by the Trustee makes up what is known as a bankrupt estate.
So what happens if you receive an inheritance prior to becoming bankrupt?
Much like any other funds in your bank at the time you declare or are declared bankrupt or any other asset of value, an inheritance will be used to pay back any debts you owe.… Read More