Michael Joseph Duffy

Michael Joseph Duffy, the Firm’s founder, moved to Cobar in far west NSW shortly after graduating as a Solicitor in Sydney. He became Cobar Councils solicitor in approximately 1898, and shortly afterwards was elected as an Alderman. In 1910, after serving 12 years as an Alderman, he was unanimously elected as Mayor (a position that was elected by Council on an annual basis). He held office in the years 1910, 1912, and 1915-1924 when he moved to Dubbo. He led the community of Cobar throughout World War 1 and beyond, […]

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Jury Duty

If you are lucky enough, you may at some point in time be included on a jury roll which means you can be summoned to serve on a jury over the course of a year. This is an important civic responsibility. There are a number of categories where you are considered automatically ineligible to serve on a jury. These include if you are: Unable to read or understand English; A person who currently is, or in the last 3 years has been a Police Officer, or a person with access […]

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Changes to Disclosure Requirements in off the plan sale contracts

In 2017 Dubbo experienced the largest population growth of any local government area in Western NSW. With a growing population comes a need for new houses and apartments. Many of these new houses are sold “Off the Plan” meaning entering a contract to purchase a house/apartment or vacant land when the property does not yet exist as its own parcel. On 22 November 2018 the NSW Government passed the Conveyancing Legislation Amendment Bill 2018, which changes to the legal requirements for off the plan contracts, it has not yet commenced […]

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Electronic Leases (E-Leases)

NSW Land Registry Service has converted over 2 million Certificates of Title from paper to electronic titles. The next step in converting to full electronic conveyancing was the introduction of Electronic Leases (E-Leases) on 10th December 2018. An E-Lease can be over the whole of the land, part of the land and can include a plan of the property when registered. If there is a mortgage on the property then the mortgagee is required to provide their consent to the lease in the electronic workspace. A retail lease, commercial lease […]

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Altering your Will on the way to the Altar

Recently, the Supreme Court had to consider what a Will ‘made in contemplation of marriage’ means. The Case Re Estate Grant, Deceased [2018] NSWSC 1031 Click this link to view the whole judgement:  http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/nsw/NSWSC/2018/1031.html The Facts The deceased was married to his first wife between 1989 to November 2013. The deceased had two biological children, and became a doting step-father to his first wife’s children. The deceased began an on/off extra-marital relationship with a co-worker, with whom he officially commenced a de facto relationship after he separated from his first […]

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Changes to Cladding Laws

Changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Identification of Buildings with Combustible Cladding) Regulation 2018 commence on 22 October 2018. This new legislation requires that owners of certain types of buildings must check for external combustible cladding and register affected buildings. These new laws apply to both new and existing buildings. Cladding types External combustible cladding means: any cladding or cladding system comprising metal composite panels, including aluminium, zinc and copper, that is applied to any of the building’s external walls or to any other external area of the […]

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Paper Certificates of Title and paper settlements are fast becoming part of our history and the future for Conveyancing is Electronic. In NSW the Financial Institutions commenced converting their paper Certificates of Title to Electronic Certificates of Title (ECT’s) on 1st September 2018.   The big four banks, ANZ, CBA, Westpac and NAB are the first to convert to ECTs. It is expected that 142 Financial Institutions will have converted their paper Certificates of Title to ECT’s with NSW Land Registry Service by 1st October 2018. Most NSW Land owners who […]

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Demerit Point Licence Suspension

Certain traffic offences carry demerit points such as disobeying traffic signs or other road rules, or driving a defective vehicle. Double demerits will apply to any speeding, seat belt, helmet or mobile phone offence if you are caught during a double demerit period. Your licence will be suspended if you exceed the number of demerit points allowed for your licence within a 3 year period. The demerit point limits are: Unrestricted licence – 13 points Professional driver – 14 points Provisional P2 licence – 7 points Provisional P1 licence – […]

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Landmark Compulsory Acquisition Case

Australians Love the classic movie “The Castle” for the quirky antics of the Kerrigan Family, and the timeless one liners… Lawyers love “The Castle” for the surprisingly accurate interpretation of Section 51(xxxi) of the Australian Constitution. Recently, the Supreme Court of New South Wales was asked to consider the right of the NSW Government to compulsorily acquire land held by a Developer in Roselle. The team at Duffy Elliott Lawyers reviewed the decision of the Court to see what grounds the Developer relied upon in their challenge, was it the […]

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Exciting News in the Pipeline for Prospective First Home Buyers

ATO Releases Draft Ruling on First Home Super Saver Scheme Since 1 July 2017 first home buyers have been eligible for stamp duty exemptions under the First Home Buyers Assistance Scheme. The First Home Buyers Assistance scheme provides eligible purchasers with exemptions on transfer duty on new and existing homes valued up to $650,000 and concessions on duty for new and existing homes valued between $650,000 and $800,000. Now, more good news might be on the way for First Home Buyers as the ATO has released a draft ruling providing […]

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