How does family violence affect your application for a Partner visa?

By Cindy Zhao Solicitor & Registered Migration Agent The family violence provisions mean that if you are in Australia holding or applying for a partner visa, you still could be granted a permanent partner visa if your relationship with your partner (sponsor) has ceased due to family violence committed by your sponsor. You do not[…]

Don’t Want To Be Sued? 5 Ways To Keep Lawyers Away

Mardee Campbell, Director Litigation & Dispute Resolution Running your own construction business is hard work, but (fingers-crossed) it also very rewarding and profitable.  Getting sued by a disgruntled client is never fun.  Legal proceedings are expensive, time-consuming and soul destroying.  Legal disputes can also demolish the profit margin on a project, or dry-up the business’s[…]

Migration ANNOUNCEMENT – New DHA process for Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) applicants

A new process for visitor visa applications has been announced today by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). From July 1, all paper visa applications for Subclass 600 (Sponsored Family Visa) must be sent to a designated address in Sydney, regardless of the location of the Sponsor. Previously paper applications were to be sent to[…]

Have you been denied a Partner Visa because the Department of Home Affairs Australia deems your relationship with your partner not genuine?

This is a common occurrence as the requirements to prove a relationship is genuine and continuing are stringent and subject to a number of conditions. When applying for (temporary) Partner or Spouse visa, you must provide enough evidence to prove your relationship is genuine and continuing. This means that you need to have sufficient evidence[…]

Does your Trust Allow You To Do What You Want To Do In Your Will?

A recent Supreme Court case in South Australia highlighted the need to consider the terms of any Trust before taking steps such as the replacement of a Trustee by Will. The most common trusts today are discretionary, therefore the identity of the Trustee and the Principal/Guardian/Appointer is of paramount importance. In the recent case (Reschke),[…]

Property & Commercial News

Don’t get zapped! Lifes’ a BEEC in the CBD The Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program is a regulatory program created under the national Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010 (Cwth). The program requires energy efficiency information to be provided, in most cases, when commercial office space exceeding 1000sq is offered for sale or lease. The legislation requires[…]

 Amendments to The Succession Act 1981

 What you need to know To follow on from our July blog about partial revocation of Wills when a de-facto relationship ends by operation of law, legislative changes have also affected Family Provision Claims relating to de-facto relationships. Family Provision Claims are the most common Will and Estate disputes. In the region of 8% of Estates[…]

Building & Construction

There has been much talk in the building and construction industry about upcoming changes which the Government see as streamlining processes and making funds more accessible to subcontractors in a bid to keep money flowing and works progressing.  These proposals have come about partly due to the collapse of several large building companies in the[…]