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Understanding easements in your property contract

Identifying and understanding easements in a property transaction is an important part of the conveyancing process. Vendors are required to disclose all easements affecting the land they propose to sell in a property contract, and buyers should ensure they are aware... Read More

Understanding what a Plea in Mitigation means

If a person pleads “guilty” in a criminal case, there will be an opportunity to address the Court before sentencing. This oral address is made, usually by the offender’s lawyer, in an endeavor to ensure the minimum sentence possible in the circumstances and to... Read More

The process of obtaining Probate

Probate is a grant made by the Supreme Court of New South Wales that ‘proves’ the Will of a deceased person and vests title to the estate’s assets in the named executor/s. This is the official process that enables the executor to legally deal with the deceased’s... Read More

Preparing for your purchase – steps to get market ready

Ready to start looking for that dream home or perfect investment? Many of our clients, particularly first-time home buyers, come to us in the early stages of their purchase bewildered with the long string of sales negotiations and the conveyancing process in general.... Read More

New laws for off-the-plan purchases in New South Wales

New South Wales has introduced laws for off-the-plan residential property contracts to foster improved transparency and protection for purchasers. The reforms amend the Conveyancing Act 1919 (NSW) and Conveyancing (Sale of Land) Regulation 2017 and commenced on 1... Read More

What if the Police turn up at your front door?

The criminal process starts with the investigation of an actual or alleged crime. The power for New South Wales Police to search, arrest and detain a person for interrogation comes from the Law Enforcement (Powers & Responsibilities) Act 2002 which sets out when... Read More

Enduring Powers of Attorney explained

 A lot of people have heard of a Power of Attorney however most do not fully appreciate the extent of its power, the benefits it delivers or the types of Powers of Attorney that exist. A Power of Attorney is a useful legal document used to allow someone to handle your... Read More

What is an encroachment?

An encroachment occurs when part of a building or fixture from one property intrudes onto adjoining land. The encroachment may simply overhang or be physically attached to the adjoining property. Examples include overhanging tree branches or awnings from a neighbour’s... 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... Read More