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27 11, 2019

Avoid Surcharge Land Tax in NSW – Exclude Foreign Beneficiaries from Your Discretionary Trust

2019-12-05T08:16:30+09:30

If you hold residential land in NSW in a discretionary trust, chances are you will be subject to surcharge land tax due to changes that take effect at midnight on 31 December 2019. We can help you avoid the surcharge.

Avoid Surcharge Land Tax in NSW – Exclude Foreign Beneficiaries from Your Discretionary Trust2019-12-05T08:16:30+09:30
27 11, 2019

Surcharge Land Tax and Discretionary Trusts in NSW

2019-12-05T18:07:33+09:30

Does your discretionary trust hold residential land in NSW? If so, 31 December 2019 is an important date for you. The State Revenue Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced to the NSW Parliament on 22 October 2019. Once law, the effect of the new legislation is to deem a discretionary trust a foreign [...]

Surcharge Land Tax and Discretionary Trusts in NSW2019-12-05T18:07:33+09:30
22 11, 2019

Our answers to your top 5 questions about Private Ancillary Funds

2019-11-22T07:45:18+09:30

Do you want to be more strategic in your charitable giving, make a real impact on the community and create a lasting legacy as part of your family’s story? Private Ancillary Funds (PAFs) can be a great option to achieve these goals. To help you decided whether PAF is right for you, we’ve pulled together our answers to 5 questions we are frequently asked by those considering establishing a PAF.

Our answers to your top 5 questions about Private Ancillary Funds2019-11-22T07:45:18+09:30
14 11, 2019

Mind the gap: private child support agreements and how they can work for you

2019-11-14T09:16:03+09:30

If you are separating from your spouse, and assuming the primary role of looking after your kids, then one of the most important issues you need to understand is how child support works. At its most basic level, the purpose of child support is to protect your kids from the economic impact of your separation. There are both advantages and disadvantages to private child support agreements, depending on your circumstances and what you hope to achieve by entering into one.

Mind the gap: private child support agreements and how they can work for you2019-11-14T09:16:03+09:30
24 10, 2019

I’m an executor, what do I do?

2019-10-28T09:38:39+09:30

Disputes involving executors of deceased estates are increasing. Usually, a trusted family member or friend appointed as an executor is just trying to do the right thing by their loved one. So, what are they doing wrong? Read on to find out how you must perform your duties as an executor.

I’m an executor, what do I do?2019-10-28T09:38:39+09:30
10 10, 2019

Beware: You could be personally liable for underpaying staff

2019-10-11T12:40:01+09:30

Given the increasing heat being placed on directors and business owners, it's important for you to understand the legal requirements and put in place compliance systems so that employees are being paid their legal wages and entitlements.

Beware: You could be personally liable for underpaying staff2019-10-11T12:40:01+09:30
20 08, 2019

Careful what you say about the future – misleading representations

2019-09-17T08:07:11+09:30

It’s not unusual to make a decision to enter into an agreement, based on a statement or promise by the other party about what the future will hold. Then when that promise doesn’t hold or ring true, you could find yourself out of pocket.

Careful what you say about the future – misleading representations2019-09-17T08:07:11+09:30
20 08, 2019

Sharpcan Case Update – Revenue expenditure or capital expenditure?

2019-08-22T08:44:57+09:30

Our opinion about the Sharpcan case (Commissioner of Taxation v Sharpcan Pty Ltd [2018] FCAFC 163), being a Federal Court case from late 2018 (a copy of the full judgment can be found here: https://www.ato.gov.au/law/view/pdf/misc-case/rdr_2018fcafc163.pdf).

Sharpcan Case Update – Revenue expenditure or capital expenditure?2019-08-22T08:44:57+09:30
4 07, 2019

Modern employment awards – are you a risky business?

2019-09-24T18:40:27+09:30

Picture this: You are a small business owner. After getting through the first five years of trade, you are starting to see returns on the time, emotion and finances that you have invested into the business. Then a document comes in the mail and your fortune turns on its head. You are faced with a claim by a former employee and you realise your business is faced with an unexpected liability worth thousands of dollars. All due to a clause nested in a Modern Award that you had simply overlooked or misunderstood. Here’s how to avoid becoming that business.

Modern employment awards – are you a risky business?2019-09-24T18:40:27+09:30
13 06, 2019

Supportive and empathetic, providing timely advice and guidance

2019-06-13T17:15:04+09:30

Andreyev Lawyers - supportive and empathetic. This was a difficult process but Andreyev Lawyers provided timely advice and guidance and I was confident that they were doing their upmost.

Supportive and empathetic, providing timely advice and guidance2019-06-13T17:15:04+09:30
5 04, 2019

2019 Budget Impact Summary: Surplus to requirements?

2019-04-05T11:26:05+09:30

As a general rule, Budgets try to please as many people as possible, and upset as few as possible.  This strategy is even more important for a Budget in an election year - when short-term memories are still likely to be working on polling day.

2019 Budget Impact Summary: Surplus to requirements?2019-04-05T11:26:05+09:30
1 03, 2019

Crime never pays, but you might have to.

2019-03-01T15:33:05+09:30

As a business owner, you trust your employees to be honest. It’s therefore every employer’s worst fear to find out that an employee has been stealing from you. But what if then, that employee sues you, and your lawyer tells you that employee has a case?

Crime never pays, but you might have to.2019-03-01T15:33:05+09:30