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Your Will – What is a “Life Interest”?

A life interest is a type of ownership interest in property (e.g. a house) which lasts for the life of a person who has been granted a “life interest”. This person is also known as the Life Tenant. When the Life Tenant dies, ownership of the property then passes in accordance with the provisions of the Will to the beneficiary.  …

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Why an “EPOA” is so Important

It is a common misconception that if you lose capacity to make your own decisions, your spouse or family member will automatically be able to handle your financial affairs. THIS IS INCORRECT. In Queensland, there is no automatic appointment of a person to assume control of the financial matters or affairs of an adult who has lost capacity. A family …

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2 AVAILABLE POSITIONS

An opportunity has arisen for: A Solicitor with at least 2 years PGE to join our Family & Criminal Law sections of the Practice; and A Conveyancer with at least 2 years of cottage conveyancing experience, managing files from start to finish. Excellent communication, computer skills and an attention to detail are essential to each position. Remuneration will be negotiated …

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Effect of some of the amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act [“BCIPA”]

The Building Construction Industry Payments Amendment Bill has been introduced to Parliament. Parties should be aware that one of the proposed amendments is to reduce the time for making a payment claim from 12 to 6 months from the date the relevant work ceases. This is important because the Bill, if passed as introduced, could, depending on specific contract terms and whether it …

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Coochiemudlo marks Matthew Flinders’ landing

MORE than 200 people paid tribute to the English navigator and cartographer Lieutenant Matthew Flinders at a special ceremony on Coochiemudlo Island on Sunday, 20 July 2014. The ceremony included the annual re-enactment of Flinders and his crew landing on the island’s beach, more than 215 years ago on July 19, 1799. The island’s Paul Moynagh dressed up as the Lieutenant …

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Legislative review of the Building and Construction Industry Act 2004 (Qld)

Minister for Housing and Public Works, Mr Tim Mander MP released a discussion paper in December 2013, seeking feedback from the industry stakeholders about the operations of the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) [BCIPA]. The Discussion Paper seeks a review of the following: Jurisdictional issues Comment is sought on a number of jurisdictional issues, questioning whether the …

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UPDATE – BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY PAYMENTS ACT

Queensland Court of Appeal reverses the Supreme Court’s decision of  Agripower Australia Ltd & Ors v J & D Rigging Pty Ltd  We recently reported that the Supreme Court held that work carried out on land, that was subject to a mining lease, was not ‘construction work’ under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (“the BCIPA”) as a result of the …

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Businesses warned to register interests by January 31 or risk losing them in case of business liquidation

In less than two weeks, the transition period of the Personal Property Securities Register (“PPSR”) will end, meaning businesses with pre-existing relationships with customers from before the introduction of the register in January 2012 are now required to register all security interests. Failure to do so can result in such interests becoming available to all unsecured creditors in the event …

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PPSR Transitional Arrangements to End Soon

What is the PPSA? From 30 January 2012, the Personal Properties Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA) came into force and established a new system for the creation, priority and enforcement of security interests in personal property (which is generally all property other than land, fixtures and certain statutory interests and includes intangible property such as IP). The PPSA was established …

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UPDATE – Important Amendments to the Queensland Building Services Authority Act

The following statement issued by the Queensland Building Services Authority on 21 November, 2013.   On 30 October 2013, the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation and other Legislation Amendment Act (the RTA Act) was passed by Parliament, and it is expected that the Bill will come into force on 1 December 2013. On commencement, this legislation will effect significant changes …

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