Binding Death Benefit Nomination

Superannuation can be a significant asset for many people and for some, it represents the larger part of their Estate. However, superannuation benefits don’t automatically flow to your Estate when you die. They are instead are distributed by the Trustee of the superannuation fund based on the rules of the fund and the relevant superannuation law. While this is the … Read More

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Domestic violence support

During recent times we have all spent a considerable amount of time at home but for some, home is not the safest place.  We discuss domestic violence support and where those impacted by domestic violence can turn for help. By many accounts, requests for domestic violence support have spiked and are expected to increase even as the COVID-19 restrictions continue … Read More

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Verification of identity during COVID-19

This week in Keeping it Legal, we want to discuss formal identification (ID) requirements in the time of COVID-19. For many legal processes, such as writing your Will or purchasing a property, there is a verification of identity process that must be followed, usually requiring your lawyer to physically view two forms of your photo identification. Your ability to provide … Read More

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Obtaining approval before allowing children to travel

LAST week, we mentioned that where parents cannot agree, a judge will give consideration to allowing or preventing children to travel overseas. Upon considering any application seeking an order preventing or allowing children to travel, the judge will give consideration to the purpose for the children travelling overseas. If the travel is for a relatively short period and for the … Read More

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Sounding the horn on rules of the road

IT IS a common occurrence – sounding the horn in a motor vehicle when you arrive at or leave someone’s house. Did you ever stop to think about whether or not you may be breaking the law by engaging in this (seemingly) socially accepted practice? Queensland’s road rules are set out in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road … Read More

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Managing risks of hazardous chemicals

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (“Act”) sets out some key duties and includes addressing risks of injury, illness or death caused by hazardous chemicals. Many work places are home to hazardous chemicals. In the past year I know of at least two incidents involving injuries caused by exposure to chemicals in a work place that resulted in the … Read More

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Comply with VOI or risk penalty

THERE were changes to the Land Title Act 1994 (“LTA”) and Land Act 1994 (“LA”) recently increasing verification of identity (“VOI”) requirements for the witnessing of signatures on instruments and documents. The changes came into effect on September 30, 2019. The specific witnessing requirements are in section 162 of the LTA and 311 of the LA, including VOI records now … Read More

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Private conversations and who may record them

CAN you record a private conversation? Interestingly, whether or not it is illegal to record a private conversation depends on the legislation governing that topic. The legislation is different in each state and territory. Here in Queensland the relevant legislation is called the Invasion of Privacy Act 1971 (“Act”). The Act tells us that, if you are party to a … Read More

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Glimpse into our future

Latest impressions of CBD redevelopment. IPSWICH residents have been given a fresh perspective on the CBD redevelopment with the release of new drawings of the Nicholas St precinct. Newly released drawings of the Nicholas St precinct development give a fresh perspective on how the area will look and feel once finished. The drawings illustrate the development from street level. Last … Read More

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Cancellation of superannuation fund insurances

IN CERTAIN circumstances your employer must contribute to your superannuation. Whether you are currently employed, previously employed or soon to be employed, you need to understand superannuation and what fund or funds you have. Some people have multiple funds due to, for example, changes in employer and electing a new employer’s default fund. The Federal Government announced regulatory reforms in … Read More

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