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29
Jan

How You can get Custody of Your Children

As the saying goes; “there is more than one way to skin a cat”, as if you would want to.  But there are many ways you may want to sort out the living arrangements for your children. Your options: Kitchen table negotiations Third party neutral assisted negotiations (mediation or other ADR) Without lawyers attending With lawyers attending Collaborative Law With

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23
Jan

WILLS AND ESTATES DISPUTES

There are few areas of dispute which are as costly and as destructive of relationships as disputes concerning Wills and estates. It is common for families to be torn apart and relationships irreversibly destroyed as a result of the acrimony and unpleasantness associated with litigated proceedings concerning a Will or the division of an estate. The consequence may be that

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18
Jan

A MOVE TO COLLABORATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

The adversarial method of dispute resolution has been tried and tested throughout the common law world and is today still the most common form of dispute resolution in western societies. Why then is there an ever increasing number of people, both litigants and lawyers, who take the view that the Courts do not dispense justice, they simply provide certainty through

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16
Jan

CONVEYANCING IN SHELLHARBOUR / KIAMA AREA

The process of buying or selling a property (referred to as “conveyancing”) can be a very stressful process for purchasers and for vendors alike, but that does not have to be so. If you are selling a property, you will be told by your real estate agent that you must have a draft contract available for any prospective purchaser to look at.  This

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1
May

BUYING OR SELLING PROPERTY?

The property market has been very active during the last few months although there are now some signs that clearance rates at auctions may be slowing.  Whether the property market is active or a little slower, you as a vendor or a purchaser are entitled to received soundly based, timely and professional advice in relation to the sale or purchase that you are considering. 

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28
Jul

THINKING OF BUYING A HOME UNIT?

THINKING OF BUYING A HOME UNIT Strata title living is becoming more and more popular and for many people it makes a lot of sense to buy a home unit rather than a house BUT there are some things to look out for when considering entering into this market. Firstly, it is an important step to find out as much

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12
Nov

New Intestacy Rules

New intestacy rules have been recently come into effect. If you die without leaving a Will you are said to have died “intestate”.  This is known as a “full intestacy”.  A “partial intestacy” can occur where someone dies, leaving a Will but that Will fails to dispose of the entire estate.  The part of the estate that has not been

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28
Aug

Incorporation Of Legal Practices And Strategic Alliances – A Practitioners Perspective

INTRODUCTION This paper is being delivered in the context of “New Directions for Your Legal Practice” and looks at the incorporation of legal practices and strategic alliances as being a part of that “new” direction. However, neither the idea of incorporation of legal practices nor that of forming strategic alliances are exactly “new”.  It has, for example, been possible since 1

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28
Aug

How Was Collaborative Practice Introduced To Australia?

In 2003 His Honour Justice Robert Benjamin, then the President of the Law Society of New South Wales, returned to Australia from attending the ABA conference keen to introduce the legal profession to collaborative practice. A Collaborative Law sub-committee was established which investigated how to generate training for lawyers interested in becoming collaborative law practitioners. It was not until July

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28
Aug

Law Without Litigation – Mediation With Advice, And More

On 5 February 2007 there were approximately 190 trained collaborative professionals inAustraliapractising in four states and the ACT.  On 2 March 2007 the Australian Attorney-General will simultaneously launch websites for associations representing approximately 330 collaborative practitioners in four states and the ACT.  Collaborative practitioners inTasmaniahave not yet formed as association. During February eight international trainers were inAustraliato facilitate this growth

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