The Four Steps to Property Settlement in Family Law cases

During the course of divorcing families often have to face the question of…


Post-Employment Restraints

‘Where do I sign?’ How many times, when installing that brilliant new computer…


When Can a Minority Shareholder Take Action?

Firstly… What is a minority shareholder? Quite simply, a minority shareholder…


Anti-Competitive Behavior in Business

For all businesses to thrive there must be free, open and fair market…


COVID-19 in the workplace. Do you know your obligations?

The COVID-19 world The COVID-19 pandemic has provided significant challenges at…


What happens if I lose capacity and I don't have any legal documents in place?

Written by James Kelly, Partner Wills & Probate Lawyer  Are you aware of…


Common ways to #trigger Div 7A

  Written by Georgia Adams, Commercial Lawyer and Tax Specialist Harry is…


What are Caveats and what do they influence over my property?

Firstly, it is important to understand what a caveat is. A caveat is a formal…


Employee capacity decisions - returning to work after being on workers compensation

Once injured on the job it can be difficult to assess when an employee is ready…


Filing A Successful Unfair Dismissal Claim

When an employment relationship ends in a difficult or cantankerous manner,…


What happens when co-owners dispute over property?

Property ownership with another person, particularly a partner or a spouse, is…


Can an employer fire someone with a text message?

Can an employer fire an employee via text message? The short answer is yes. Is…


Stamp duty exemptions in Family Law Property Settlements

Stamp duty is the fee that is charged to the purchaser of property. The cost of…


What is stress leave & are you entitled to it?

Work-related stress can have a significant impact on an employee’s mental…


The truth about dividing your assets during a separation

When getting married or entering into a de facto relationship, little (if any)…


Understanding and Planning for Contingent Liabilities

The term contingent liability can sound daunting if it is not understood in its…


Why is goodwill important for businesses?

While it is incredibly important to be a well read, educated, smart business…


Granny Flats & Capital Gains Tax Exemptions

(Budget 2020-21) Many families with elderly relatives, be they aunts, uncles,…


Does a Trust need an ABN, ACN or TFN?

Using a Trust and Trustee for your business may be the way you need to go to…


What sort of work-related injuries are covered by workers compensation?

Most people do not get injured at work, but it does happen. Work-related…


Using a holding company when starting a business

The decision whether to include a holding company as part of your business plan…


The changing face of the commercial leasing environment

One of the staunchest changes COVID-19 brought to town is the dramatic…


Upcoming Changes to the Partner Visa Process

Written by Senior Immigration Lawyer, Pamela Pau What is the current process…


Will Vs Estate Plan – Which Is Right for You?

Many people believe that if they have a valid Will they also have an estate…


What has to happen for you to claim Medical Misdiagnosis?

During the course of their lifetime people receive a variety of medical…


Advantages of creating a testamentary trust

Most people are relatively well aware of the need and the benefit of having a…


Indemnity Cost Orders in Family Law

Divorce proceedings are both emotionally exhausting and financially draining.…


Do I Have the Same Rights As an Employee If I’m Employed As a Contractor?

With the COVID-19 outbreak affecting the economy and job market, an increasing…


What are my responsibilities as the executor of an estate?

Most often aging parents will ask one of their adult children to be the…


What Are Community Titles?

 As the prospective lot owner, you’ll need to become familiar with community…


Purpose and Values of Owen Hodge Lawyers

Written by Rolf Howard, Managing Partner Last year the Banking Royal Commission…


Can I claim long service leave if I resign?

Long service leave entitlements allow for an employee to take an extended leave…


What visa pathways are available to me?

Studying abroad is one of the most exciting decisions a student can make.…


What Landlords and Tenants Need to Know about Subleasing

Subleasing property is an effective way to minimise living costs for tenants…


What do I need to qualify for a Student Visa to Australia?

 Australian universities are seeing more students from Latin America and Italy…


Suspicious Minds? No! Suspicious Wills.

Written by Christine Vrahas, Estate Dispute and Litigation Lawyer We can’t go…


Protecting Your Company's Confidential Information

In today’s age of technology, protecting valuable business information is…


Legally Documenting Your Granny Flat Agreement

Written by James Kelly, Partner, Wills & Probate Lawyer  Older Australians…


What should I do if I'm lending a significant amount of money to a friend?

Has a friend or family member requested you for a loan?  Most of us are more…


The Restrictions of a Non-Compete Clause

While not all employment contracts will contain non-compete or confidentiality…


Filing a Claim for Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Being injured at work isn’t something that tends to happen often. But when it…


Do I Qualify for Workers Compensation If I Work for Myself?

Many Australians find the idea of becoming a sole trader or an independent…


Don’t Forget to Include These in Your Employment Contract

Employment contracts are legal documents that are crucial for employers as well…


Who Has the Right to Make Your Funeral Arrangements?

Making decisions regarding your funeral wishes isn’t something everyone is…


Can you leave your child a lump sum of money in your will?

Written by Christine Vrahas, Estate Litigation Solicitor at Owen Hodge Lawyers…


Easements By Force

Most people believe that their property belongs to them and that they do not…


5 Negotiation Strategies for Resolving a Dispute

Very often, the best way to sort out a dispute or resolve a conflict is to talk…


How Employers Can Protect Themselves through Employee Contracts

An employment contract outlines the rights and responsibilities of employers…


Can I leave money to my pet in my Will?

Many families in Australia have pets that are considered part of their family.…


How To Claim For A Psychological Injury At Work

If you have experienced a psychological injury at work, you can claim for…


The Four Legal Stages of Successfully Buying a Business 

For many buying a business is a lifelong dream. And while this can be an…


Creating and Validating a Will During COVID-19

During times of good health individuals and couples often put off the idea of…


The Best Interests of the Child and COVID-19

Are you facing problems related to parenting or court orders during the…


Collecting debt during COVID-19

While the Australian government has put into place changes to the debt…


JobKeeper Payment Scheme – Surviving an ATO Audit

 As part of the ongoing efforts to promote employee wellbeing and healthy…


Winding Up A Company That Owes You Money

When a company owes you money, you are considered a creditor. And as a…


What Happens to Assets When a Business Closes?

When businesses close, the assets are disposed of, the business is liquidated,…


Can a stepchild make a claim on your estate?

Christine Vrahas, Estate Litigation Solicitor at Owen Hodge Lawyers   Did you…


Business Owners Rights When Cancelling Goods and/or Services Due to COVID-19

During these confusing times businesses may find that they are unsure as to how…


Post Study Work Stream Visa (subclass 485)

The post study work stream (PSWS) visa (subclass 485) is a fantastic…


I’m thinking about Selling My Business – What Professionals Can Help Me with This?

 Are you thinking about selling your business?  Selling a business can be a…


Double duty wipes out your capital gains for years

Written by Leigh Adams  Stamp duty is not dead. Not yet. In fact even though…


With coronavirus sweeping the country, is now the right time to buy a business?

While this might be an odd question to be asking yourself in the midst of an…


Can my grandchild make a claim on my Will?

Written by Christine Vrahas, Estate Dispute and Litigation Lawyer  In NSW,…


Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Estate Plan?

Written by Estate Planning Solicitor Ellen (Eleni) Pacelli  “From forth the…


Commercial Tenant Interview Questions

Owning and leasing commercial property is an exciting business. However, when…


Why Everyone Should Have an Advanced Healthcare Directive

 Advance health directives play a crucial role in confirming your future…


How do I write a Will?

 By Christine Vrahas By making a Will, you take control of the worry for your…


The Process of Discharging a Mortgage

It can be very exciting to sell a home and/or commercial property and pay off a…


What Are the Legal and Regulatory Pros and Cons of carrying On a Business as a Sole Trader?

If you want to operate a business in Australia, one of the most important…


How Do I Negotiate a Sale of Business during Covid-19?

Keeping your business thriving and profitable during the COVID-19 pandemic is…


Are you legally classified as my friend?

Written by Christine Vrahas – Estate Litigation Solicitor at Owen Hodge……


Non-Essential Businesses Refusing to Close During The Pandemic; What Are Your Rights?

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused world leaders to struggle with the best way to…


What Should I Consider before Withdrawing My Super?

Requesting early access to your superannuation account balance before…


What is NCAT and how can it affect me?

NCAT stands for New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal. They provide…


What Sort of Financial Disclosures Do I Need to Make If I’m Pursuing a Family Law Claim?

 While pursuing a family law claim in the court, it’s legally binding to…


I’ve been served a subpoena to Attend court and Give Evidence - what should I expect?

Being subpoenaed to attend court, in any capacity, can be daunting. The average…


Travel Cancellations and Refunds Due to Coronavirus – Can I Get My Money Back?

There is nothing more disheartening and disappointing than the cancellation of…


Important questions to ask potential commercial tenants

Owning and leasing commercial property can be an exciting and profitable…


The seven most common reasons people put off making a Will

More than fifty percent of the adult population in Australia, do not have a…


Considering Selling Property to Developers Collectively?

Cities in Australia are gradually becoming more densely populated and the local…


Can I stop my employee from taking annual leave?

Annual leave in New South Wales is governed by the Fair Work Ombudsman Act and…


What rights do sperm donors have in Australia?

Recently the issue of parent verses sperm donor was reviewed by the High Court…


What are my rights as Grandparents?

With increasing pressures of modern-day living, divorces are on the rise.…


What can I do if my child is injured while being cared for at childcare?

Deciding upon a day care center for your children while you are working or…


When are unpaid work placements actually exploitation?

Unpaid work placements – sometimes defined as “internships” or “on-the-job…


Immigration Templates for those affected by COVID-19

As the uncertainty around COVID-19 continues, many individuals working in the…


What can I do if my child was injured at a playground or swimming pool?

As a parent, you do not necessarily expect that when you take your child to an…


Make sure to get your estate planning documents done sooner rather than later!

Written by Ellen Pacelli  This is a true (and tragic) case study. One of many…


Can you claim compensation for plastic surgery gone wrong?

A lot can go wrong with plastic surgery – nerve damage, anesthesia errors, or…


Can a minor enter into a contract?

Entering into a contract with a minor is generally unenforceable against the…


A message from Owen Hodge Lawyers regarding COVID-19

Dear valued client,   The global effort to slow the spread and minimise…


Do I have to disclose my disability/ illness to my employer?

Here is the dilemma faced by many employees who have “hidden” or “invisible”…


What should I do if my doctor misdiagnoses me?

When we seek medical attention we rarely think about our physician or surgeon…


I'm contemplating divorce, but we have a lot of property together. What do I do?

Amidst the chaos of a divorce or separation, the task of dividing property may…


What is Workplace Absurdity?

Most workplaces have similar processes, procedures and rules that are governed…


I slipped and fell in a shopping centre - what can I do?

No one expects a shopping trip to be interrupted or end with a painful fall,…


Benefits of using a Migration Agent?

Attempting to get permission to stay in Australia on a visa can be a difficult…


Recognising Children of Same-Sex Couples

Written by Dr Malcolm Stoddart As a divorced gay lawyer with four children…


Social media clauses in Family Law

Images and information shared in happier times can be weaponised during the…


What are my rights if I am injured on public transport?

Using public transport has many positive aspects including reducing…


Found your Valentine? Spending most nights together?

What’s next? Many young couples nowadays are moving in together for both…


Feuding Executors - why it’s important to choose the right people for the job

Have you made the right decision? If you are unsure, read our summary of one of…


What rights are workers for UberEats or Airtasker entitled to?

Under current NSW laws, all those gig workers who drive for Uber, deliver for…


What to look out for in the new school year - from a Family Lawyer

It is that time again, that most children dread….. The end of the summer…


Land Tax Surcharge and Discretionary Trusts in NSW

Since the implementation of the land tax surcharge for foreign property buyers,…


Baby boomers, second marriages and life interests

Many baby boomers are planning for retirement and the complexities caused by…


Dying at home - what legal requirements are there?

Many individuals with terminal illnesses or those coming to the end of their…


Drivers licences on phones and all the legal issues that come with it

New South Wales is way ahead of the world in their willingness to enable…


What Happens When a Sibling Disputes a Parent’s Will?

Things can get ugly. Even normally rational people may do strange and…


Is it difficult to remove my child from my Will?

While we all like to believe that parent/child relationships are ones in which…


Merry Christmas from Owen Hodge Lawyers

  We are closed from Tuesday the 24th of December and will reopen on…


Children Travelling Overseas this Holiday Season

If you are separated and you or your former spouse are travelling overseas this…


What rights are workers for Ubereats or Airtasker entitled to?

Under current NSW laws, all those gig workers who drive for Uber, deliver for…


Why it is important to use the right business entity

Business entities and borrowing money   Significant tax benefits are to be…


Is it a good idea to put a property in my (young) child's name?

Maybe, possibly not – but there are three big categories of things to think…


What recourse does my employer have if I skip work to attend a protest?

In light of the overwhelming environmental concerns that the public has and…


Terminating a building contract? Picture of empty building site with blue sky

7 Considerations To Make When Terminating a Building Contract

Whether you are a developer or a corporation who has engaged a contractor for a…


Barrister vs Solicitor: Their Different Roles in Your Legal Matter

In terms of complex legal jargon used in the Australian court system,…


Can I claim adult child maintenance?

An order for a parent to pay maintenance for an adult child is still rare.…


What legal recourse do I have if my employer does not pay me on time?

Accepting employment comes with the ordinary expectation that as an employee,…


I'm a business owner or investor. What's the best way for me to migrate to Australia?

If you are a business owner or an investor with a history of success, there…


I am selling my business. Will I need to train the new owners?

The short answer is “Maybe.” It all depends on what the contract of sale…


Divorce Payouts

When in the midst of a divorce settlement it can be tempting to move quickly…


Step-Parents Rights

Oftentimes parents find themselves in serious relationships, or marriages, to…


How long do I have to sue for medical misconduct in NSW?

Is there a time limit in bringing forward a medical malpractice claim? ……


What is an Airport Watch List and how does it work?

Most families when separating can come to amicable arrangements regarding…


The legal issues to be aware of when purchasing a boarding house

Purchasing a boarding house may seem an attractive investment opportunity for…


What happens if your landlord dies without a Will?

This is likely a complication you were not anticipating. Now what? The short…


Selling Deceased Property

The loss of a loved one is stressful, emotionally straining and can be an…


Emojis in Family Law Cases

We have mentioned in the past how the use of a written text message can be…


How do I protect my assets when my other half is on a partner visa?

At first blush, this looks like a complicated question. First of all, there is…


I've moved out of the family home - what are my next steps?

The process of divorce is difficult for many reasons. One of the most personal…


Lost Family Will - If a Will is Lost What Happens?

Wills are lost or misplaced far more often than many people realise, and it…


Are Cognition Tests Getting More Difficult?

Grandpa didn’t recognise me - a first-person case study I knew I was his…


Key tips you should use when you next negotiate your employment contract

If you face the task of negotiating your employment contract with all the…


How to negotiate a commercial lease agreement

Whether you’re starting your first business or you’re a long-time business…


What is a Consent Order, What is a Parenting Plan and Which Is Right for Your Family?

Families going through a divorce have many important issues to sort, like who…


The essential Estate Planning triad - Will, Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship.

When creating estate planning documents, most people think of a simple Last…


Organise your estate planning documents before travelling abroad

Preparing a travel itinerary and coming up with ideas for an overseas trip is…


The importance of making a new Will during a relationship breakdown

During a divorce, a couple’s attention is usually overwhelmingly focused on…


What are squatters’ rights, and who can claim them?

In this post, we look at the seemingly outlandish case of Bill Gertos, who…


Protecting Your Employee Bonus

Everyone can use a little extra income, particularly for a job well done and…


Common Family Law Myths

When you are entering into family law proceedings, whether it be parenting,…


I'm eager to buy a property off the plan but I am wary about the risks involved. How am I protected?

For many, buying a home is an exciting realisation of a long-standing dream.…


Who Gets The Dog In A Breakup: What You Need To Know

For many of us, our pets are as dear to us as our children. They bring us…


How far can an employee pursue a claim that has no merit?

Disputes between employees and employers can become personal and heated. And,…


Common executor disputes and how to avoid them

No one really anticipates a dispute involving their executors, but they happen…


Does being involved in a hit-and-run affect my insurance?

The first reaction is confusion. Surely that long gash was not there when you…


What is a Notary Public? How is it different to a Justice of the Peace?

In New South Wales, there are two types of public officers who can perform…


Tips for First Home Buyers

Buying a first home is incredibly exciting, but there are many issues that you…


Frequently Asked Questions about the Australian Entrepreneur Visa

The Australian Entrepreneur visa is a subclass of the Business Innovation and…


Can I sue my doctor for negligence?

Medical negligence claims can be complex cases, filled with many questions…


Knowing what to do in a hit and run accident

While it is customarily expected that those involved in a vehicle crash will…


How To Get Skilled Visa Australia: Quick Guide

“How to get skilled visa Australia” - it's probably one of the most commonly…


What to include in a divorce settlement agreement and how to make it legal

The terms of your divorce can have dramatic financial and emotional…


What are the changes to the Australian partner Visa?

For many years if a couple, of which only one person was an Australian…


What happens to your assets if you die without a Will?

Not everyone dies with a valid Will. Often, we think people put aside the idea…


Australia's new 'parent visa' and how migrants see it

New visa subclass 870 allows parents of Australian permanent residents or…


What protections do property purchasers have?

London’s Grenfell Tower went up like a torch in June 2017. Seventy-six people…


The Rise of Medium Density Housing

Medium density housing has always been reserved for lot sizes and…


PEXA mandates to be compulsory

Property Exchange Australia Effective as at 1 July 2019, all standard…


Employee absence policy: How to properly handle absenteeism

Employers have the right to depend upon their employees to perform their…


Changing Your Will to Reflect Your Marital Status

While getting married has a clear and definite effect on your current Will,…


What Happens If You Break Up On A Partner Visa?

What happens if you break up on a partner visa? If you are in Australia (under…


Property transfers to be made electronic as of next month

As of the 1st of July, the majority of property transfers in NSW must be done…


FAQ’s about serving a statement of claim in NSW

When you find yourself in the position of needing the courts to assist you in…


Employing overseas workers: Can I bring my employees to Australia?

The answer, as with many legal questions, is a resounding “Maybe.” When it…


How Can Your Business Take Successful Legal Action?

While most businesses are able to conduct their business transactions and…


Can existing 457 Visa Holders Stay in Australia?

In April 2018, after a transition period replete with complexity and…


Social Media used as evidence in court proceedings

Family law matters are extremely sensitive and involve important financial…


What are the rights and responsibilities of an employee who is injured while working from home?

What are the rights and responsibilities of an employee who is injured while…


The Effects of Marriage, Separation and Divorce on Your Will

Be forewarned! This is not one of those areas of the law that will seem…


What is the validity of unsigned contracts?

A written contract between parties is insurance that both parties understand…


Retail Tenancy Disputes and Mediation Options

There is nothing more exciting and more anxiety provoking than starting your…


What happens during a family report interview?

Has the prospect of attending a family report interview sent you into a…


What Happens When Your Landlord Sells the Building Where Your Business Is Located?

When starting a new business one of the most important steps is securing a…


Do I need special considerations in my commercial lease?

Landlords must protect their legal and commercial interests in property. The…


Keep your clients out of this Jurisdiction’s hands

Most lawyers, myself included do not want to go anywhere near the New South…


Grievance Policy – Why Your Business Needs One

While employers would like to believe that their employees are satisfied and…


House and Land Packages Explained

It may look like a dream come true – a beautiful new home for you and your…


Do I really need legal advice when I’m selling my business?

No, of course not.   You also do not really need a parachute when jumping…


Statutory demands – what not to do

This mechanism is a fast-tracked way to wind up a company. It has been around…


Unfair Dismissal Threshold: When Your Salary Exceeds the Cap

For an employee who believes they have been unfairly dismissed, many factors…


Help - I’ve Contracted an Infection from a Medical Instrument

The stress of needing surgery or a permanent surgical implant is daunting…


Details on the National Commission into Elder Abuse

Elderly residents with dementia being overmedicated, mistreated and…


Keeping It Truthful in Employment References

The issue of lying on a curriculum vitae or giving false information via an…


The Danger of Widespread Use of Antibiotics

In recent years the use of antibiotics has increased significantly. While…


Are you protecting your physical assets?

That’s the question that starts people worrying about the house, the car and…


SMSF - auditors and accountants liable for losses

Written by Special Counsel Leigh Adams   It is easy for a self-managed…


Are social media defamation cases worth it?

With the advent of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the myriad of other social…


Time constraints in your family law case that you should be aware of

If you and your spouse have decided to separate in contemplation of a probable…


What Are The Workers Compensation Time Limits?

If you've suffered an injury during the course of your employment, life can…


Pill testing pros and cons: what are the legalities around pill testing at music festivals?

After the tragic deaths of several young music festival attendees, the debate…


How to prepare your business for an acquisition

So, you are considering selling your business. Every small business owner…


What happens to assets that are held in a discretionary trust in Family Law?

Oftentimes families that have amassed a certain level of wealth are concerned…


What can I do to prevent my will being challenged?

Did you know that the Succession Act 2006 (NSW) allows certain individuals to…


What is the difference between estate and non-estate assets?

If you do not fully appreciate the difference between estate and non-estate…


Casual or permanent - what is your employee status?

Employment status is significant when it comes to identifying the rights and…


Does Uber legally employ their drivers?

Uber is a transportation company founded on creating affordable easy ride…


Injured at work? Don’t forget about your superannuation!

Surprise, surprise -- If you are like nearly 90 percent of Australians, you…


Transfer of property and stamp duties in NSW - what’s new?

Stamp duties, or transfer duties as they are officially known, are taxes paid…


Can a grandchild make a claim on a grandparents estate?

The process of challenging a Will is arduous under the best of circumstances…


Updates to gift card legislation

Prior to March 2018 the purchase of gift cards, and the manner in which their…


Who is responsible if you catch an infection during your Hospital stay?

As with many legal questions, the answer is a resounding “maybe.” No one goes…


What's the difference between a gift and a loan in Family Law?

When parents see their married children trying to create a home and a family of…


What is WIRO and how can they help?

Many workers and employers are still unaware of the Workers Compensation…


Apps and technology that can help you co-parent

The Family Law Act (1975) is fundamentally organised around the principle that…


Contesting a Will in NSW

Probating a will can be a very difficult experience, particularly if a…


Can You Work While on Annual Leave?

Everyone needs time off from work. Yet in today’s society, taking time off is…


Binding Death Benefit Nominations and their interaction with a Power of Attorney

Who will get your super money when you die?  This is an important question…


The Importance of Communication and Consent in a medical negligence case

Needing medical treatment, particularly that which is invasive in nature and…


What are the impacts of artificial intelligence on the workplace?

The answer to that question is uncomfortable. The impact is likely to be big…


Update Your Bag-Search Policy before Selling your Business

Your Business Sale Getting a business ready for sale can be a big deal.…


Selling goods on retention of title? Beware of your fine print

Introduction You may not be aware of it, but a business which sells goods on…


Recovering control of a discretionary trust

John Smith lived in Condobolin. He had run a successful business in the town…


The financial impact of Divorce

While divorce is undoubtedly an incredibly difficult decision to be made,…


The importance of a corporate power of attorney in companies owned by a sole director

As you built your business, you probably gave little thought to how it would…


Case Study: Infections at the Surgical Site

This post looks at the rise of hospital infections that occur at the surgical…


The importance of superannuation insurance for those with a disability

No, not me -- surely not!   When it comes to chronic illness or disability…


Private gun ownership in NSW - What does the law say?

In 1996, in Port Arthur Tasmania Australia, 35 people were massacred by a…


How long does it take to get a visa in Australia?

Australia is one of the most beautiful continents and countries available for…


Superannuation Death Benefits Awarded to Minor Children

For a parent the most difficult and frightening happening to consider is what…


What are the most common infections that are caught in Australian hospitals?

This post looks at the most common hospital-caused infections that patients in…


What does a skilled migrant need to immigrate to Australia?

The simple answer is, of course, a visa. But that is where simplicity ends. The…


How to protect your SME when an employee leaves

It can be a tricky time when an employee leaves an organisation even in the…


Five things your franchise business can do to prepare for the Senate Inquiry

In recent months, a series of scandals has rocked Australia’s $170 billion…


What are a landlord's rights and responsibilities when it comes to leasing on Airbnb?

Being a landlord encompasses many legal and financial liabilities. Until the…


Can an employee withdraw their resignation?

Being offered a new job can be very exciting causing an employee to take quick…


The legalities of vaccination in the NSW Family Court

The anti-vaxxers fear that vaccination may cause harm to their children.…


Fighting over a loved ones remains

The death of a loved one can be an extremely stressful event. There are times…


Crimes you didn’t know existed in NSW

Ignorance of the law is no excuse, they say, but who could guess that these…


Frequently Asked Questions about Immigration Law

If you are considering migrating to Australia, it is important to have all the…


Passing Control of Trusts to the next generation. How to get it right!

Good estate planning starts at the beginning of one’s working life, not at the…


Options to renew a retail lease - a trap for young players

This is a story about Piazza Trevi (the lessee) which failed to exercise its…


Writing a Character Reference for Court

Writing a character reference takes time and requires clarity of thought and…


What is considered 'Fair' in Family Law?

Of course you are thinking about that question if you or a friend is facing…


Asset Protection Strategy for ATO Claims

Written by Leigh Adams This strategy applies to all businesses – large and…


What Rebel Wilson’s case against Bauer Media tells us about Defamation

Rebel Wilson an Australian born actress and comedian, recently won a 4.6…


What you should be aware of before moving into a retirement village

For many families the need to address safe, enjoyable and community based…


What will the 2018 General Data Protection Regulation mean for me and my business?

The European Unions ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ (GDPR) is in force…


Conveyancing: Protect your interests

Conveying property as either the seller or the buyer can be an exciting time.…


Can a text message be considered my legal will?

There are those people who do not wish to put the time into legally preparing…


What should I do when I get a Summons?

Getting a Summons in the mail is hardly the most pleasant event. But it’s also…


De facto vs marriage: what's the difference for same-sex couples?

Like many countries across the globe, Australia struggled in their willingness…


Managing Costs in a Medical Negligence Claim

Medical treatment of any kind can create a great deal of anxiety. Depending…


How financiers can reduce their risk

Written by Special Counsel Leigh Adams    The problem   If you are a…


How to manage your Power of Attorney to avoid getting sacked

Written by Special Counsel Leigh Adams  The scenario   One month after…


I am a contractor even if my boss thinks otherwise!

Written by Special Counsel Leigh Adams    Many SME operators like to think…


Should you buy or renovate?

What to consider when it comes to your legal rights and responsibilities……


What is Promissory Estoppel and how can it affect me?

Although it sounds ancient and archaic 'promissory estoppel' is actually quite…


Purchasing commercial property - what to do if you rely on a false statement?

You’ve been hoodwinked, snookered, bamboozled and flimflammed. In other words,…


Social Media and Your Personal Injury Claim

There are many ways in which a personal injury can happen including motor…


What Is An Easement - Easement Law & Litigation

Blog Overview: In this article, we’re going to answer the following easement…


What Happens to your Social Media and Digital Assets when you die?

Facebook has landed itself in controversy recently with the recent uncovering…


Data breach notifications now mandatory

The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 went into effect in…


Casual employees may request to go full time

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Good Behaviour Bond

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Transfer of Business Name

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Family Court Process Australia - What To Expect From Family Court Australia

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Why a DIY Will Kit Could End up Costing More

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How to use Personal Property Securities to dodge the bullets of insolvent customers

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Making an Asbestos Claim

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Subpoenas in Family Law Matters

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Surrogacy, IVF and Parentage

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Stamp Duties and Business Contracts

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Owen Hodge Lawyers Article Featured in Realestate.com.au - May 2015

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Owen Hodge Lawyers Article in Lawyers Weekly - March 2015

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Owen Hodge Lawyers Article Featured in Projectmanager.com.au - December 2014

An article on the watertight contracts in Australia by Partner Rolf Howard is…


Owen Hodge Lawyers Article Featured in Residential Property Manager - July 2014

An article on the top tenant issues in Australia by Partner Rolf Howard is…


Owen Hodge Lawyers Article Featured in Accountants Daily - June 2014

An article on superannuation and estate planning in Australia by Partner Rolf…


Owen Hodge Lawyers Article In Smart Property Investment - April 2014

An article on Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSFs) in Australia by Partner Rolf…


Rolf Howard commented in News.com.au

Partner Rolf Howard has been quoted on the Australian housing market in the…


Rolf Howard Quoted in Daily Telegraph - April 2014

Partner Rolf Howard has been quoted on the Australian property market in the…


How to make the most of SMSFs up for discussion at free Hurstville seminar

Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) are undeniably attractive to many financially…


Retirement Village Contracts: What you need to know

  Preparing to relocate to a retirement village is a stressful.…


Voluntary Redundancy and Workers Compensation

Redundancy and Workers Compensation responsibilities and obligations generally…


7 Common Misconceptions about Superannuation Death Benefits

https://issuu.com/theohlwire/docs/7_common_misconceptions/1?e=0   Since…


Common Business Partnership Issues You Must Avoid

Common business partnership issues you must avoid from OwenHodge  …


Contract Basics for the Home Building Industry

  Regrettably, many owner, builders and subcontractors are failing to meet…


How to file for a divorce in an abusive relationship

Divorce is a time of pain, stress, and great contemplation. Emotions are…


Gender Dysphoria In Australian Family Law Cases

The topic of gender dysphoria was recently brought to the forefront of…


A Guide to Total and Permanent Disability Insurance

  A guide to total and permanent disablement insurance from OwenHodge…


12 Common Employment Contract Mistakes to Avoid

Employers and employees may enter into agreements outlining the terms of an…


The Statistics on Australian Families, Children and Legal Planning

The Statistics on Australian Families, Children and Legal Planning from…


Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples in Australia

    The point of estate planning is to avoid confusion and disputes.…


The top 9 mistakes to avoid when buying or selling a business- Commercial Lawyers Sydney

Once a business has been identified as one that a would-be purchaser would like…


Making a Granny Flat Agreement

The purpose of this blog is to inform readers about: Granny flat agreements…


A Grandparent's Rights Over a Grandchild

You bring up your children – they get married and then another great milestone…


The OHL Wire Issue 8

In issue 8 of The OHL Wire, a legal, business and lifestyle magazine we look at…


Tenant’s Rights in Retail Shop Leases

Deciding to set up your own business is a momentous decision and settling on a…


Preparations before Signing

The duty to pay rent regularly is a key term of a retail shop lease. Late…


Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

Australian employers can do a great deal to prevent gender discrimination in…


SMSF Investment And Estate Planning Seminar:

Owen Hodge Lawyers together with Warren Saunders Insurance Brokers invite you…


International Divorce and Property Settlement

Filing for divorce in Australia is generally a straightforward process.…


Unfair and Constructive Dismissal

The Fair Work Act 2009 offers careful guidelines for dismissal such as…


International Child Abduction By a Former Partner

It is an unfortunate reality that we sometimes hear and read about sensational…


Differences Between Consent Orders And Parenting Plans

Differences between Parenting Plans and Consent Orders When parents in…


Do I Move Out Of My Family Home?

The breakdown of a marital or de facto relationship generally causes deep…


Owen Hodge Lawyers Article Featured in The Adviser - March 2014

An article on the importance of insurance and a properly drafted will by…


Half of Australians don’t have a Will

Though the vast majority of Australians know that having a Will is important,…


Owen Hodge Lawyers Article in The Adviser - December 2013

An article on self-managed super fund (SMSF) in Australia by Partner Rolf…


Building a Home in NSW? 6 Things to Know

Since the introduction of new home grant schemes and the Australian…


Estate Planning for New Parents - Why?

  Becoming a parent is an important milestone in one’s life and though…


Exiting a Business Partnership

Entering or exiting a business partnership or joint shareholding in a start up…


Verbal Bullying: What If Bullying Happens To You?

Across the world, the issue of verbal bullying has become significant to the…


10 Common Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

  At Owen Hodge Lawyers, we regularly meet clients to discuss their…


Top 10 Legal Tips For Creating Your Company's Social Media Policy

One of the best ways to prevent your business from social media disaster is to…


Seeking Clarity on buying a franchise in Australia?

Buying a franchise is an exciting prospect. For many people, this is the first…


8 Steps to Buying a Business

Are you considering buying or acquiring an existing business? This presentation…


Protecting Yourself When Entering Into a Relationship

    The beginning of a new relationship heralds an enjoyable time in…


Commercial Leases: Early Termination of Lease

When Australian property owners and business owners enter into a commercial…


Taxation of Trusts Australia

Whilst there are no inheritance taxes in New South Wales, capital gains tax…


Bankruptcy and Sham Trusts

Trusts continue to be a complex and evolving issue for bankruptcy trustees.…


Can journal entries constitute payment of a death benefit?

Answer No. The ATO, in its Interpretive Decision ATO ID 2015/2 has made it…


8 Steps to Selling Your Business

  Selling your business is one of the most important decisions you'll…


Conveyancing: Top 10 Common Contract Mistakes to Avoid

Buying or selling a property can be an overwhelming decision. You might be…


Parental Alienation in Family Court Dispute

Parental Alienation happens when one parent, often in the course of a…


How to Manage a Social Media Disaster in the Workplace?

  Social media can be a great way for brands to engage customers, but…


Tips of Income Protection Insurance

  Income protection insurance is a valuable benefit that can replace your…


Stop Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is the process of using the internet, cell phones or other…


Parenting plan: Should I make one?

Ever wondered what is a parenting plan? A Parenting Plan is a written…


Business Succession, Insurance and Superannuation

Generally Properly drawn business succession agreements provide for death,…


Setting aside the bankruptcy trustee's notice of objection to discharge

Setting aside the bankruptcy trustee's notice of objection to discharge In a…


Father’s Rights: Child Custody Rights for Fathers

  Certainly one of the most distressing things for fathers on the breakup…


How to Use Your Divorce Kit

  At Owen Hodge Lawyers, we appreciate and respect your desire to handle…


The OHL Wire issue 5: Avoiding legal issues over the festive season and more

Welcome to the fifth issue of the OHL Wire. Issue 5 of our legal, business and…


Child Custody Over Christmas Holidays

Although your family lawyer is probably always happy to see you, no one has…


The Legacy of Dr Maya Angelou & Aged Care Reform - The OHL Wire #2

Welcome to the second issue of The OHL Wire brought to you by Owen Hodge…


PPSA - Practical Implications for Corporate Transactions

The boundaries of the meaning of ‘Security Interest’ An ‘in substance’ security…