23 11, 2017

Individual Flexibility Agreements: Bending Backwards Without Bending The Rules

2017-12-05T08:26:45+00:00

You may have noticed that ‘flexibility’ has become the new buzz word for Australian workplaces. Most of the popular focus has been on the benefits that flexibility provides to workers, rather than employers. As an employer, you may only just be keeping up with all of the day-to-day issues that come with employing someone [...]

Individual Flexibility Agreements: Bending Backwards Without Bending The Rules 2017-12-05T08:26:45+00:00
22 11, 2017

Are you about to pay off your SMSF ‘limited recourse borrowing’ loan?

2017-11-23T11:03:53+00:00

If you are about to pay off your limited recourse borrowing loan (or have recently done so), you are probably wondering what to do next. You might want to simplify your super fund investments and wind up the custodian trust. Or you might be planning your next property purchase. In this article, we answer [...]

Are you about to pay off your SMSF ‘limited recourse borrowing’ loan? 2017-11-23T11:03:53+00:00
21 11, 2017

What happens when someone leaves a partnership?

2017-12-11T07:19:00+00:00

What law governs partnerships? Partnerships are governed by a number of different laws. Fundamentally, a partnership is a creature of contract law. This means that the parties to a partnership can agree how the partnership will be regulated. When you have any question about your partnership, your Partnership Agreement should be the first place [...]

What happens when someone leaves a partnership? 2017-12-11T07:19:00+00:00
20 11, 2017

Yes, you do need a testamentary trust

2017-12-14T09:32:04+00:00

Most people who advise on testamentary trusts talk about the ‘tax benefits’. This emphasis is plain wrong. Why? Because, a simple Will (without a testamentary trust) is more likely to do harm, and to lead to family disharmony, than one with a testamentary trust.

Yes, you do need a testamentary trust 2017-12-14T09:32:04+00:00
20 11, 2017

What happens to a gift in your Will if you no longer own the asset when you die?

2017-12-14T09:24:46+00:00

A gift of property that is no longer in your estate when you die automatically ‘fails’ (or ‘adeems’). This rule can lead to unfairness and unintended consequences.

What happens to a gift in your Will if you no longer own the asset when you die? 2017-12-14T09:24:46+00:00
7 11, 2017

Are trusts a ‘tax loophole’ exploited by the wealthy?

2017-11-14T08:23:39+00:00

People who say this are just demonstrating their ignorance. Here’s why. The ability to use a trust as a ‘tax loophole’ was pretty much closed out in the 1970-80s. To suggest that trusts somehow make tax disappear for the ‘wealthy’ is plain silly.

Are trusts a ‘tax loophole’ exploited by the wealthy? 2017-11-14T08:23:39+00:00
4 11, 2017

Pssst, over here! (You need to read this if your business turns over more than $3 million)

2017-11-23T11:06:44+00:00

We’ve all heard about the increasing prevalence of data ‘breaches’ and ‘hackings’.  Some well-publicised examples include: The hacking of Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite in 2010; The theft and publication of 6 million user passwords from LinkedIn in 2012. This was followed up in May 2016, when hackers stole and posted for sale on [...]

Pssst, over here! (You need to read this if your business turns over more than $3 million) 2017-11-23T11:06:44+00:00
1 11, 2017

Kasia Maczuga

2017-11-01T11:07:52+00:00

Kasia works on a wide range of commercial and private client matters. She has a broad interest in general commercial matters, estate planning and business law. Kasia enjoys providing practical advice in a number of areas including probate and letters of administration.

Kasia Maczuga 2017-11-01T11:07:52+00:00
7 09, 2017

Thinking of buying a hotel or pub? Read this first.

2017-09-08T08:49:43+00:00

Like any business, hotels have several moving ‘parts’ that need to work together so that the machine runs smoothly. If you are thinking of buying a hotel or similar hospitality business, make sure you are familiar with these unique features before you sign on the dotted line.

Thinking of buying a hotel or pub? Read this first. 2017-09-08T08:49:43+00:00
5 09, 2017

How to direct particular super assets to particular beneficiaries

2017-09-05T09:11:32+00:00

A key benefit of having your super in a SMSF is that you can choose who ultimately benefits from particular assets within your fund when you die.

How to direct particular super assets to particular beneficiaries 2017-09-05T09:11:32+00:00
1 09, 2017

What the doctor ordered: dealing with employee medical records

2017-09-14T08:52:29+00:00

We are often asked what rights an employer has to require their employees to undergo a medical assessment or provide their medical records.  The answer is usually not straightforward, as there are some serious personal and privacy issues to consider. The question comes down to striking a balance.

What the doctor ordered: dealing with employee medical records 2017-09-14T08:52:29+00:00
7 08, 2017

Is it worth transferring your home to your spouse?

2017-08-23T10:56:46+00:00

Is it worth transferring your home to your spouse before going into business?

Is it worth transferring your home to your spouse? 2017-08-23T10:56:46+00:00