Social media: what happens after you die?

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 face this challenge into the future, so we ask: ever wondered what will happen to your social media accounts after you die? Facebook There are a few options regarding what will happen to your Facebook … Read More

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Parenting during restrictions

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 separated and have shared care of their children are not immune. In this blog, we discuss how restrictions could have an impact on parenting arrangements. When the usual points of changeover are closed or inaccessible … Read More

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When can an employee be stood down?

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 Act, an employer can stand down an employee without pay in certain circumstances if the employee cannot be otherwise usefully employed. This includes when it is for a reason the employer is not responsible for. … Read More

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Executing your Will during COVID-19

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 understandably put anxious minds at ease and it’s no surprise that there has been a recent surge in this area. There are some hard and fast legal rules surrounding the making of a Will. We cover … 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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Documented gifts and loans can save family disputes

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 the intention of each party is often not clear. This can lead to significant family concern and dispute, both before a person dies and with their Will. For example, a parent may think of it … Read More

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Deliberately lit fires: Arson is a criminal offence

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 have started from natural causes, some of these fires have been deliberately lit. Under section 461 of the Criminal Code, arson is when any person wilfully or unlawfully sets fire to any building, structure, motor … Read More

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Overseas assets and travel highlight the need for an Enduring power of attorney

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 obviously all prone to accidents, illness or injury regardless of our age. The situation becomes more complicated if people have assets in different countries or live or spend significant time in more than one country. … Read More

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Consider overseas assets when making a Will

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 finalisation of your estate and affairs will inevitably be more expensive, complicated and uncertain. The issue becomes even greater when people have overseas assets. There is an increasing number of Australians who have family, … Read More

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Posting revenge images on social media is an offence

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 intimate image or prohibited visual recording”. Intimate image has a wide definition and is set out in s207A of the above Act. An “intimate image also includes an image that has been altered or photo-shopped … Read More

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