Loose-Fill Asbestos

From 1 September 2017 a Contract for Sale and Purchase of Land must include a warning that if the dwelling was constructed prior to 1985 then the purchaser should make enquiries to determine if the premise contains loose-fill asbestos.   The warning recommends the purchaser; Search the Loose-Fill Asbestos Insulation Register. Check if the local council holds any records on premises that have Loose Fill Asbestos. What is Loose-Fill Asbestos (LFA) and Why is it Dangerous? In the 1960’s and 70’s raw crushed asbestos was used in ceilings as insulation.  Asbestos fibres […]

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UNREGISTERED FIREARM? HAND IT IN NOW TO AVOID PENALTY

From 1 July 2017 to 30 September 2017, individuals who have an unregistered firearm or firearm-related item in their possession – for whatever reason – can legally dispose of it without penalty. You may also be eligible to sell your firearm to a dealer. The purpose of the amnesty is to improve public safety by reducing the number of unregistered firearms in Australia. The minister has said that the amnesty “is as much about giving a family a chance to get rid of an old heirloom as it is about […]

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Identity checks – why are they important?

At Duffy Elliott Lawyers we take all steps necessary to identify our new and returning clients. We also ensure our conveyancing client’s comply with Verification of Identity (VOI) requirements. Clients often wonder why they need to be identified. A recent case before the ACT Supreme Court highlighted why our processes for identifying a client is an essential part of the legal process. The case, Astell v Australian Capital Territory [2016], involved a client who owned property in the ACT. The client lived in South Africa and had engaged a local […]

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Guide to Living and Working in the Orana Region

Our Senior Associate, Melissa Mastronardi, has been working with NSW Young Lawyers and the Orana Law Society on the Guide to Living and Working in the Orana Region. The project aims to assist young lawyers who find themselves taking job opportunities in regional NSW. The Guide is the first of its kind in NSW. It contains helpful information to assist young lawyers settle into their new surrounds with tips to help them feel like a local in no time along with information about the NSW Young Lawyers and Orana Law Society. […]

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Duffy Elliott Lawyers Biggest Morning Tea

On 25 May Duffy Elliott Lawyers participated in the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea raising $900 for the Cancer Council NSW. Duffy Elliott Lawyers would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the morning tea, in particular The Little Big Dairy Co who kindly donated all the milk, cream and flavoured milk. For more photos and a short video from Samara, one of the organisers of the morning tea, see the Daily Liberal article.

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When can I get divorced?

If you have been married and separated from your partner you might wonder when you can apply for divorce. The general rule is either party to a marriage can apply for divorce one year and one day after their separation.  This means, if you separated on 1 January 2017 you can file for divorce on 2 January 2018. If you and your spouse are physically separate, that is one person moved out of the home, the separation date it is relatively easy to work out. If you continued to live […]

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How does divorce affect my property matters?

Many family law clients are worried what affect a divorce will have on their family law matters. The two most common questions asked of our family lawyers are: Can I have a property settlement before I get a divorce? Can I still have a property settlement after my divorce? Can I have a property settlement before I get a divorce?  You do not need to wait for your divorce to have a property settlement. There is no time period after you have separated that you need to wait before you […]

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Never married? De Facto? When can you have a property settlement?

If you were living with someone in a de facto relationship and have separated, you may need to consider having a property settlement. You can have a property settlement by agreement or, if you cannot agree, by filing an Application before the Family Court or Federal Circuit Court. If you need to file an Application it is important to remember time limits apply. Married people have 12 months from the date of divorce to file their Application.  People in a de facto relationships have 2 years from the date of separation […]

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Good News for Developers of Land Used for Primary Production

The Background Property Developers often acquire agricultural lands on the edge of existing urban areas and hold them as land as a “land bank” for future Developments. Primary production activities such as cattle grazing often continue through leasing or agistment arrangements. In New South Wales land that is used for Primary Production is generally not subject to land tax. Accordingly, developers have sought to claim an exemption when their “land bank” is being used for primary production. In recent times the Office of State Revenue (OSR) has imposed more stringent […]

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Looking to Buy Property with your SMSF?

Here is what you need to know if you are looking to purchase Property with your SMSF The Basics: Self-managed super funds (SMSF) are now the largest sector in the Australian Superannuation Industry. Purchasing property with a SMSF isn’t the latest in innovation, but the concept of borrowing to purchase is relatively new. The capacity to borrow means that people are now able to use their SMSF to invest in properties that they may not have previously been able to afford. Advantages: Purchasing property through your SMSF can be a […]

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