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International Wills

Succession law in Australia has recently been simplified, with the government adopting the Convention Providing a Uniform Law on the Form of an International Will 1973.  All Australian states and territories have passed legislation to implement the convention, which came … Continue reading

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Hutchinson Legal is supporting World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on Monday 15 June 2015. Elder abuse is more prevalent in our society than people know. Consider the following scenario. Bill lives in his son Richard’s house and pays rent … Continue reading

Can my Enduring Financial Attorney sell my property?

This is a question which takes centre stage in many different ways, particularly in these times of increasing dementia and increasing costs of residential care. Consider this scenario: Joan has lived in her home for all of her married life, … Continue reading

Caveat Venditor (Let the seller beware)

If you have sold, or considered selling a business, did you really understand (or even read) the Authority that you are expected to sign with the Business Broker? When you are selling your business it is usual to use the … Continue reading

No Will – and Stepchildren

Blended families present unique traps and pitfalls when it comes to estate planning. A recent matter highlights the importance of estate planning particularly when there are new partners and stepchildren involved. A man died leaving only a Will from his … Continue reading

Build on Rock not Sand

Building a new house is probably the biggest single investment you will make during your lifetime and yet most rarely ask a lawyer to review the building contract before they sign. Engaging a lawyer later when things go wrong can … Continue reading

Workplace or Transport Accident Entitlements

People who are injured at work or in a road accident, or perhaps as the result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, may not fully understand their rights when it comes to the range of benefits and compensation that may … Continue reading

Electronic Signatures: How effective are they?

In the age of technology and the Internet, more and more communications are taking place electronically. Many business men and women are putting away their pens and paper and instead opting for the faster, instant world of technology, using their … Continue reading

To flash your lights or not to flash your lights – that is the question

It is quite common for drivers to flash their lights at oncoming vehicles in an attempt to warn their fellow road users of a nearby speed camera. It’s so commonplace in fact, that many would consider it customary to do … Continue reading

Off-The-Plan Purchases

What is “off-the-plan”? OTP purchases generally refer to the purchase of a property before it has been built. This can mean that the property is still in the design and planning stages and construction has not yet begun or is … Continue reading