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Adverse Possession: A guide to Acquiring Land

PROPERTY LAW   Tisher Liner FC Law have extensive experience in adverse possession claims and fencing disputes. This is a guide outlining what adverse possession is and how to claim it. Adverse possession claims can be complicated and it is important to get advice from an lawyer experienced in the area.

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PEXA electronic conveyancing in, paper-based settlements out from 1 October 2018

PROPERTY LAW   As of 1 October 2018, paper-based settlements are no more and almost all property transactions in Victoria must be lodged electronically through an Electronic Lodgement Network (ELN) such as PEXA (Property Exchange Australia). Some very limited exceptions apply.

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Important Alert: The new Owners Corporations Regulations 2018 (Vic) come into effect on 2 December 2018

OWNERS CORPORATION LAW   The new regulations include some exciting new changes including a new, practical Model Rule regulating the external appearance of private lots that will require lot owners to obtain the written approval of the Owners Corporation before changing the external appearance of their lot.

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Retail Leases: Repair and Maintenance – Know your Rights

PROPERTY LAW   The responsibility for repair to retail premises which is damaged or in some way dilapidated can often become a source of contention between the landlord and tenant in a commercial or retail lease. Damage to business premises can have a significant impact on a tenant’s business, particularly if the damage results in part or the whole of the premises being rendered unusable for a period of time.

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Private School Fees: Who Pays Post-Separation?

FAMILY LAW   In separated families, it can be difficult for parents to work out who will be responsible for payment of the children’s private school fees and expenses. The financial strain of maintaining two homes post-separation and the pressure of achieving a financial settlement often increases the parents’ burden of meeting ongoing private school expenses. This blog highlights some key things to keep front of mind when navigating these expenses.

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It Won’t Happen To Us! We Know Each Other. We Don’t Need an Agreement

COMMERCIAL LAW  Whether you are establishing a new business venture, buying an existing business or operating an established business – the structure and agreements which govern the business (or for many small businesses the absence thereof) can significantly impact the value of your interest in the business, now and into the future.

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Short-stay accommodation law reform in Victoria: Are you aware of the changes?

OWNERS CORPORATION LAW   The Owners Corporations Amendment (Short-stay Accommodation Act 2018 “the Act”) shall come into force on 1 February 2019. The purpose of the Act is to regulate the provision of short-stay accommodation arrangements (up to a maximum of seven days & six nights) in residential apartment buildings in Victoria.

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High Court Finds Google’s Search Engine has the Capacity to Defame

LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION   How would you feel if you googled your name and the search results suggested you were a criminal? For many years, Google has claimed that its search engine has no capacity to defame. Effectively, Google has argued that it is a mere bystander in distributing information created by others rather than the publisher or the originator of defamatory material.

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Tax Effective Giving: Charitable Distributions Through Discretionary and Charitable Trusts

CHARITY LAW   A charitable trust is a trust that operates for charitable purposes. In some instances, (depending on the terms of the trust) the trustee of a charitable trust can determine who should receive trust income, in line with the charitable purposes of the trust. This article looks at using discretionary and charitable trusts as a tool to maximise charitable giving, through tax effective means.

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The Start-Up Nation and the Lucky Country

AUSTRALIA-ISRAEL LEGAL ADVICE   If you want to meet with the ASX you’ll have a better chance of bumping into them in Tel Aviv than in Melbourne or Sydney. In the past couple of years, the ASX have sent multiple delegations of very senior people to Israel. They run workshops, attend functions and meet with the numerous Israeli companies that are looking to list on the ASX. One of our clients is working towards becoming the 18th Israeli company to list in Australia.

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