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There has been a dramatic rise in workplace redundancies in recent times, thanks in large part to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A […]

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Buying and selling property is something most people will have experience with during their life. The legal process relating to buying and selling process is […]

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Understanding the fees associated with residential aged care can be daunting, particularly with looming due dates or the inevitable pressures associated with such a major […]

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Australia has an ageing population and there are an increasing number of people living longer with cognitive conditions, such as dementia. Legal issues posed by […]

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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 […]

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In parenting matters, the law presumes that is it in the best interests of a child for their parents to have equal shared parental responsibility […]

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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 […]

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Often people assume that mediation or Family dispute resolution is only relevant to family law matters involving children, but this is not the case. For […]

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Scheduling an appointment to discuss a family law matter can be daunting, at an already tense time. To help lift some of the mystery and […]

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In our previous post, we covered what happens to your social media accounts after you die. This time, we explore what happens with your Google & […]

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Dealing with the social media accounts of a loved one after they pass can be a daunting and confusing process. More people will need to […]

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Changes in employment, schooling and the general increase in anxiety caused by the current climate have prompted a rise in family tensions. Parents who are […]

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In our latest blog, we answer a topical question during the COVID-19 pandemic – when can an employee be stood down?  Under the Fair Work […]

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One impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is that many people have prioritised making or reviewing their current Will. Formalising your wishes in a Will can […]

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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 […]

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THERE have always been loans and gifts between family members, often between a parent and a child or children. These payments are rarely documented and […]

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LATELY, Queensland has been subjected to a number of bush fires which has put all our firefighters under substantial strain. While some of these bushfires […]

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EVERY adult should have a current enduring power of attorney. Most do not and while older people are now making powers of attorney, we are […]

PEOPLE usually understand the importance of having a Will although statistics say that most Australians don’t have one. If you don’t have a Will then […]

THE Criminal Code (Non-consensual Sharing of Intimate Images) Amendment Act 2019 makes it an offence for a person to “distribute, or threaten to distribute, an […]

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 […]

THERE can often be an argument between parents as to whether a child or children should be allowed to travel overseas and the ability for […]

ACCORDING to WorkCover Queensland and Workplace Health and Safety, “sprains and strains account for more than 60 per cent of non-fatal workers’ compensation claims. “The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

CAN you believe September is almost over? October is sneaking up on us and there are some important changes happening in the Queensland Titles Office […]

ON JUNE 21, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) issued a media release urging consumers to be more cautious when undertaking DIY maintenance on […]

DID you hear about the “lemon laws”? They were passed by the State Parliament in April 2019 in the form of the Queensland Civil and […]

I HAVE been talking about tradie health over the past couple of weeks. It is only through continual discussion, education and action that we, as […]

WE CONTINUE to recognise that August is Tradies National Health Month; a time to raise awareness of the risks posed to those in our community […]

AUGUST is Tradies National Health Month. We have a lot of tradies in our community and keeping them safe at work is important. Over the […]

MY ARTICLE last week and this week covers four of the most common causes of rural accidents and injuries. The information regarding common causes of […]

I AM going to stay with the topic of farm safety a little longer. Specifically, over two weeks, I will identify four of the most […]

NATIONAL Farm Safety Week came to an end on July 26, but farm safety is an ongoing issue and should be at the front of […]

THIS week, I continue my discussion on farm-specific safety matters in light of National Farm Safety Week and I want to talk about the importance […]

FARMSAFE Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that assists in the co-ordination of initiatives specifically focused on raising awareness of (and helping to address) safety issues […]

GIFT cards are quite popular and are sold by many businesses. Many of us have purchased or received a gift card – they are a […]

THE consumer laws (“ACL”) require that consumers be provided with certain guarantees for most consumer goods and services they purchase. These are separate to any […]

THE consumer laws (ACL) create a general prohibition against engaging in unconscionable conduct in trade or commerce. They also create a prohibition against such conduct […]

THE consumer laws (ACL) provide various protections and set standards of business conduct in commercial transactions. Chapter 2 deals with standards of business conduct aimed […]

Single Touch Payroll is a way of sending tax and super information to the ATO from your payroll or accounting software each time you pay […]

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 […]

LAST week’s article briefly introduced the consumer laws – the ACL. Over the coming weeks I will share information about the ACL, how it operates […]

‘‘Generally, a consumer is someone who has acquired goods or services of a kind ordinarily acquired for personal, domestic or household use… AUSTRALIAN consumers are […]

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 […]

IN THE past two weeks I have looked at General Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney. Both are formal documents that give another […]

TODAY is the second article in a series of three regarding the types of authority you can legally give to another person to make decisions […]

THERE are times in life when we need to give another person authority to make decisions on our behalf. Giving power to another person to […]

OVER the past couple of weeks, I have been talking about the relevance of social media posts in the context of family law disputes, in […]

LAST week, I spoke about Facebook as a platform for domestic violence. This week, I want to touch on the relevance of social media to […]

USUALLY when people think of domestic violence, they think of physical abuse, but did you know it can include online acts and conduct? The most […]

QUAD bike safety is an important topic. This is particularly so in our community where there are farms and rural workplaces that often use quad […]

LAST week I spoke about an employer’s duty to manage risks to the mental health of its workers. Of course, an employer must also manage […]

AN EMPLOYER has a duty to manage risks to the mental health of its workers. It arises under both common law and Queensland legislation, primarily […]

AS BUSY individuals, we sometimes pay cleaners, babysitters, gardeners and others to help us at home. There is a common misconception these people are always […]

I WOULD be surprised if combustible cladding is a term you have never heard. The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 was a […]

A “WILL” is a legal document stating your wishes regarding the division of your estate, that is, your money and assets, after you pass. You […]

A cornerstone of the Common Law upon which the Australian Legal System is based is the “presumption of innocence”. This means of course that if […]

I OFTEN receive inquiries from businesses or individuals that are owed a debt. Generally, by the time I receive a call, they have made numerous […]

THE Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (QBCC Act) and Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) define “notifiable incidents” as the death […]

MOST individuals and small businesses are consumers of financial services and products provided by banks, insurers or other providers. Until recently, complaints regarding unfair treatment […]

DID you purchase a “portable” pool/spa to help get you through summer? If so, Queensland’s pool safety laws under the Building Act 1975 (Act) may […]

I AM pleased to bring you the first publication of Keeping it Legal, a weekly article on a range of legal topics relevant to individuals […]

Pender Accounting Group are a registered tax agent and we take our business seriously. The Australian Taxation Office have been receiving and increasing number of […]

In business, what is your most important asset? Over the years I have attended many seminars and business meetings to try to find the ‘key’ […]

Gerard Pender is a well-known local figure in the Ipswich community. He is a well-regarded lawyer and community member, and one of the quiet achievers. […]

How often have you said that to yourself? I have often heard friends, family and clients say this to me – I have been discussing […]

Many clients view Advance Health Directives as complicated, daunting documents that force them to make unpleasant decisions. Unfortunately, the nature of an Advance Health Directive […]

Scammers are a common problem these days, whether its by phone, email, post or knocking on your front door. They will try anything. Lately Pender […]

In a recent well publicised Court decision, the Court in Queensland determined that a Will made by text message was valid and enforceable. This was after […]

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