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Brisbane Marathon

Brisbane Marathon

Over the weekend our Managing Director, Tony Crilly, completed the Brisbane Marathon running a whopping 21.1km around the city. This is no easy feat, and we are so proud of this incredible accomplishment!

Succession Planning for Blended Families

Succession Planning for Blended Families

The historical view of an “average” family  comprised of a husband and wife (one marriage only) and their natural born children (more commonly!). However, as society evolves, so too does this picture. These days, we see a great variety of participants that make up the...

2022 Smoke Alarm Rules – A Summary

2022 Smoke Alarm Rules – A Summary

As of 1 January 2022, all homes or units that are being sold, or leased will require interconnected smoke alarms that are connected to the dwelling’s electrical supply. All parties involved in a residential transaction should be aware of the following practical...

Estate Claims – Family Provision

Estate Claims – Family Provision

What is a family provision claim? A family provision claim is also known as a “claim” or court proceeding for further entitlement from an estate, as “contesting a Will” or as an application for “further and better provision.”  These claims or applications are made...

Merry Christmas to all property buyers!

Merry Christmas to all property buyers!

If there is one thing we know for certain, it is that the property market in Queensland is booming. As a result of this increase in Buyers, we have seen an increased election by Sellers to try their luck at auction. Whilst an auction can (and usually is) a thrilling...

Insolvent Estates

Insolvent Estates

Have you been nominated as an executor or are the next of kin for someone who has died without a valid Will? Did you know that, during his or her lifetime, they had a significant amount of debt? Are you concerned whether there are enough assets to repay the debt?...

Testamentary Discretionary Trusts

Testamentary Discretionary Trusts

Quite often a client will come to us and say they have heard about a Will that provides for a ‘testamentary discretionary trust’ and they want to know if it is necessary and what it means.  This blog answers the seven main questions we are asked about testamentary...

Property Contracts- Correct Purchaser?

Property Contracts- Correct Purchaser?

In the Queensland property market, solicitors are often an afterthought when it comes to commencing the sale or purchase of a residential property. Unfortunately, by the time “legal” gets subbed into the game, the agent has already scored straight down the middle with...

Common Estate Planning Traps to Avoid

Common Estate Planning Traps to Avoid

As with most estate administration matters, we see clients that are left with difficult circumstances after their parent has passed away. Sometimes, those clients are survived by step parents, who were married to the deceased parent for only a short duration and had...

Debts and Statute of Limitations

Debts and Statute of Limitations

Ever wanted to know the best way to secure a Loan to your children for purchase of their home? Make sure that you have a formal Loan Agreement with conditions or a term for repayment and it is not just in writing and repayable on demand. Have you ever wondered how...

Doyle’s Guide

Doyle’s Guide

We have some exciting news! Our Director, Tony Crilly, has been recommended in the Doyle’s Guide list of Leading Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyer Rankings for 2021.

When to update your Estate Plan

When to update your Estate Plan

23 August 2021 to 29 August 2021 is ‘Wills Week’ and a timely reminder to anyone who needs to update their estate plan.  1. What documents are included in my estate plan? Your estate plan includes more than just your Will.  It also includes: Enduring Power of Attorney...

Queensland REIQ Contracts – Never Simple

Queensland REIQ Contracts – Never Simple

Now a “Who’s Who” in the contract clause “zoo” would be incomplete without a quick coverage of the other big addition to most residential sale contracts. The “peas” to the finance conditions metaphorical “carrots” if you will. Of course, I am referring to the Building...

PEXA: 101 And Why It Matters To Me

PEXA: 101 And Why It Matters To Me

You may have heard of the term “PEXA” hovering in recent news or in the Australian Financial Review, specifically as the PEXA Group Ltd went public in an IPO on 1 July 2021. So, what exactly is PEXA, how does it work, and why does it matter to you where you are...

More Changes -Six member SMSFs

More Changes -Six member SMSFs

As we have come to expect, the federal Government has enacted further changes to self managed super funds. From 1 July 2021 self-managed super funds (SMSF) are able to have up to six members.  Previously a maximum of four members were allowed.  The majority of funds...

Executors – Know Your Duties!

Executors – Know Your Duties!

One of the most important pieces of advice that a person should receive if appointed to act as executor in a Will, is that the duties of an executor in administering a deceased estate are onerous. The duties of an executor are set out in the legislation, case law and...

Estates- Tax, Super and the other stuff

Estates- Tax, Super and the other stuff

Managing a deceased estate is no easy feat for an Executor. If appointed to the task of collecting the deceased’s assets, like selling the main residence, shares, bank accounts, superannuation and other property, it can get complicated. There can be the additional...

Key Points to Selling Your Business

Key Points to Selling Your Business

What are the essential points to consider when thinking about selling your business if you’ve been approached? Consider the following major recommendations: It does not matter if you have one or a number of interested parties, these initial actions are critical in...

Sentimental, the law is not

Sentimental, the law is not

Happy New Year everyone, we hope that you and your family had an enjoyable break. 2020 was an incredible year which turned our lives upside down and altered our expectations forever. The threat of Covid 19 caused enormous stress to families, particularly to the...

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