How to reduce your tax by investing in start ups

If you’re an investor or a start-up looking for an investor, you may have heard that the government has introduced a new tax break for investors investing in start-ups. The way it works is fairly straightforward:  invest is a qualifying start-up (the technical term is “Early Stage Investment Company or ESIC”) and get a tax [...]

Suing social media bullies and trolls for defamation

Has someone ever written anything bad about you online? Was it so bad that you feel it damaged your reputation or hurt your business? If so, the information in this article can help you. There are all sorts of people in this world. Some have good, kind spirits while others only seek to hurt and [...]

Nine important things to consider before signing an employment contract

In Australia, it is not necessary for an employer and employee to sign a written contract to create an employment relationship. Usually an employment contract is nothing more than a statement of conditions that would apply under the relevant Award, or the general law. Often it’s just a statement of things that have already been documented in [...]

Defending unfair preference payment claims from liquidators

Not many people know that they could also be on the hook if one of their customers goes into liquidation.  Liquidators have broad powers to recover payments made by companies under liquidation to their suppliers.  The most common way liquidators may seek to recover money from a supplier is by claiming the payment is an "unfair preference payment". [...]

What to look out for in Queensland house property contracts

As a purchaser of residential property in Queensland it is important to be aware of your rights before signing a contract of sale.  An agent will often present the contract to you with urgent instructions to sign and return, however it is essential for the contract to be reviewed by a solicitor who can provide [...]

Starting a New Business? Consider These 8 Points Before You Do

You’re excited. You’re about to embark on a wonderful new opportunity – you’re starting a new business with a new business partner. You feel hopeful and optimistic. Nothing can go wrong, right? But things can and do. Business relationships, like all relationships in life, go through ups and downs and sadly, break ups too. Working [...]

Are directors personally liable for the debts of an insolvent company?

A company is a separate legal entity and has its own properties, duties and rights.  The company can own and sell property and other assets, sue and be sued and enter into contracts in its corporate name.  This means that the company’s debts are its own, however there are several instances where a director may [...]

Resolving Custody Disputes: 4 Important Steps

A separation or divorce is one of the hardest things a family can go through. Most of the time it is the child (or children) who suffer the most from a family breakdown. If you’re at the stage of deciding about custody arrangements for your children, it’s important you make your decision with their best [...]

Left out of a Will? Here’s Some Things You Can Do

At its most basic form, a Will is a legal document that advises family and friends what should happen to someone’s property after they die. If you feel you have been unfairly left out of a Will, you can challenge or contest it. Read on to see what steps you can take to do this. [...]

Purchasing a NSW Property? Seven Key Contract Terms to Consider

If you’re looking for a property in NSW, you’ve probably come across one or two property contracts. Have you noticed how thick they are? When you add a building and pest report (and the strata report if you’re buying an apartment), it’s enough to break your back! If you feel bogged down by all contract [...]