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Can we still negotiate our property settlement during the Covid-19 pandemic?

COVID-19 - Family Law Can we still negotiate our property settlement during the COVID-19 pandemic? The directives from the Prime Minister and Queensland Health are pretty clear – do not leave your home unless you have to, practise social distancing and self-isolation.  However, self-isolation does not mean that everything on hold for several months, in fact, there might be good reasons to use this time to sort out what you can. The Courts are still operating and lawyers are still working. You can still instruct a lawyer to help you through negotiations and document any agreement you reach.  These documents can be...

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How do I file my family court documents during COVID-19?

COVID-19 - Family Law How do I file my family court documents during COVID-19? Dealing with your family law matter is stressful on any given day.  Add in requirements for social distancing and social isolation and it can be more stressful.  Not only are you potentially dealing children at home and chaos in the supermarkets - you now need to work out how to see your lawyer and sign your affidavit or consent orders. The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia have issued a direction about how documents can be managed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes your...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) tips for your conveyancing matter

Covid-19 - conveyancing and property transactions Coronavirus (Covid-19) tips for your conveyancing matter If you are signing a new contract or already have a contract for the sale or purchase of property in Queensland it is important to think about how the Covid-19 restrictions may impact your transaction.  We have put together our most frequently asked questions to assist you. With social distancing and social isolation do I have to meet with my conveyancing solicitor in person? There are certain in person requirements necessary for all conveyancing matters.  The transfer of property is an area which can be subject to fraudulent transactions.  For this...

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The benefits of electronic conveyancing during COVID-19

Covid-19 - conveyancing and property transactions The benefits of electronic conveyancing during Covid-19 Our preferred approach for a number of years has been to complete our clients' purchase and sale conveyancing transactions through the electronic conveyancing platform PEXA (Property Exchange Australia). PEXA is Australia’s largest online property exchange network providing a platform for conveyancing lawyers, banks and other professionals to transact electronically. Following the directives from the Prime Minister and Queensland Health to practice social distancing and social isolation where required, the ability to complete transactions electronically is even more important ensuring that there is no need for a number of parties to...

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How can coronavirus impact your conveyancing matter?

Covid-19 - conveyancing and property transactions How can coronavirus (covid-19) impact your conveyancing matter? For many years conveyancing has been a traditionally paper based transaction.  After finding your property, you meet with the real estate agent to sign the contract, each party signs the original contract and then you begin your conveyancing process.  You fill out an application for finance, you engage your building and pest inspector.  Transfer and mortgage documents are signed in person.  On settlement day the representatives for all parties meet to handover transfer documents in exchange for cheques. At Life Law Solutions our preferred approach for a number of...

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Are Family Courts still operating during the Covid-19 pandemic?

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Covid-19 - Family Law Are Family Courts still operating during the Covid-19 pandemic? My matter is in Court soon - how will I know what is happening? The first few weeks of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic were a scramble for the Courts and family law practitioners.  Initially there were limits on who could attend court and then who could be in the court room at any given time, more recently a transition to no attendances at Court whatsoever.  The arrangements changed almost daily as the Court and family lawyers grappled with the daily news cycle and directives. We have settled now into...

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How does Covid-19 impact my parenting order?

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Covid-19 - Family Law We have had a number enquires about the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on current parenting orders.  These questions are: do I need to comply with orders? the other parent is refusing to return the children - what can I do? our supervised contact centre has closed, what do we do now? In March 2020 the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia issued a joint statement about how the Court expects parents to manage their current arrangements.  The key points are summarised here. The Court recognises that every family’s circumstances are different and that these...

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How can I get a new Will or Enduring Power of Attorney during Covid-19?

Covid-19 - estate planning A Will or Enduring Power of Attorney can be one of the most important documents you prepare.  Ensuring that they have been properly prepared, signed and witnessed are key.  With the recent advertising of “online wills” with “no appointment necessary” it is important to understand the requirements how your Will and Enduring Power of Attorney are prepared to be valid documents. There are certain matters which simply must be done in person - the verification of identify and witnessing of transfer and other Titles Office documents for conveyancing are one area.  Another is the preparation of Wills...

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Four Estate Planning Documents Every Australian Needs

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It is estimated that approximately half of all Australians die without a will in place.  If you die without a will (also known as “intestate”) your assets may be distributed by an administrator in a way other than you intended; and if you don't have any living relatives, your estate is paid to the government. A last will and testament is the foundation to any good estate plan. It allows you to decide how your assets will be distributed, can help speed up the probate process, and decide how your dependants will be taken care of. However, there are other essential documents needed for affairs to be...

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Blended Families and Estate Planning

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Navigating life for blended families can be difficult, especially when you begin to look into the area of estate planning. Inheritance, assets and organising a will are big topics and can become confronting and overwhelming without the added stress of a second marriage and step children. Here are some important things to consider when estate planning for a “step family.” What Should Estate Planning for Blended Families Include? Estate planning goes beyond simply creating a final will and testament. It incorporates instructions that are specific to events that occur after your death.  This is especially important within blended families, to ensure that particular family members are appropriately provided for. Estate Planning includes instructions for after your death regarding the distribution of assets, alongside the...

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