Superannuation and Family Law Cairns

What Happens To Your Super If Your Relationship Breaks Down? In December 2002 the Federal government enacted legislation to permit the division of superannuation interests upon relationship breakdowns bringing Australia into line with most western jurisdictions with respect to the equitable distribution of property and assets accumulated by a couple during a relationship. From that… Read More

Why you should have your domestic building contract reviewed

Whether you are renovating an existing home or building from scratch, most domestic building contracts involve considerable sums of money. In fact, entering a building contract may be one of the most significant financial transactions you undertake. Despite the excitement of getting a new project off the ground, it is important to have your building… Read More

What a Will Kit doesn’t do

There are various ‘Will Kits’ available on-line – most are cheap or ‘free’ and all you need to do is download them and fill in the blanks. Many websites boast that you can prepare your Will ‘without spending hundreds of dollars on legal fees’. Simple, right? Not really. Generating an on-line Will may seem easy,… Read More

Can there be an unfair dismissal at the end of a fixed term contract?

Fixed-term employment contracts are common in many workplaces. Understandably, most employers consider they would be protected from an unfair dismissal claim once the term ends. However, in Saeid Khayam v Navitas English Pty Ltd t/a Navitas English (‘Navitas’) [2017] FWCFB 5162 the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission found that an employee may have… Read More

HomeBuilder – the latest Comonwealth Government’s Grant released

4 June 2020 In the Commonwealth Government’s latest efforts to keep the building and construction industry afloat, Australians who meet the eligibility requirements can now apply for a variety of housing grants. $25,000 “HomeBuilder” grants are available to owner-occupiers wanting to carry out substantial property improvements between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020. Here’s… Read More

COVID 19 Update #3 Commercial Tenancies

02 June 2020 COMMERCIAL TENANCIES This is the third legal update in our series about the National Cabinet’s Mandatory Code of Conduct for commercial tenancies and the State level legislative implementation of that Code in response to the COVID-19 pandemic economic fallout. See here for our first legal update (16 April 2020) and here for… Read More