Defending unfair preference payment claims from liquidators

Not many people know that they could also be on the hook if one of their customers goes into liquidation.  Liquidators have broad powers to recover payments made by companies under liquidation to their suppliers.  The most common way liquidators may seek to recover money from a supplier is by claiming the payment is an "unfair preference payment". [...]

What to look out for in Queensland house property contracts

As a purchaser of residential property in Queensland it is important to be aware of your rights before signing a contract of sale.  An agent will often present the contract to you with urgent instructions to sign and return, however it is essential for the contract to be reviewed by a solicitor who can provide [...]

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Starting a New Business? Consider These 8 Points Before You Do

You’re excited. You’re about to embark on a wonderful new opportunity – you’re starting a new business with a new business partner. You feel hopeful and optimistic. Nothing can go wrong, right? But things can and do. Business relationships, like all relationships in life, go through ups and downs and sadly, break ups too. Working [...]

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Are directors personally liable for the debts of an insolvent company?

A company is a separate legal entity and has its own properties, duties and rights.  The company can own and sell property and other assets, sue and be sued and enter into contracts in its corporate name.  This means that the company’s debts are its own, however there are several instances where a director may [...]

Resolving Custody Disputes: 4 Important Steps

A separation or divorce is one of the hardest things a family can go through. Most of the time it is the child (or children) who suffer the most from a family breakdown. If you’re at the stage of deciding about custody arrangements for your children, it’s important you make your decision with their best [...]

Left out of a Will? Here’s Some Things You Can Do

At its most basic form, a Will is a legal document that advises family and friends what should happen to someone’s property after they die. If you feel you have been unfairly left out of a Will, you can challenge or contest it. Read on to see what steps you can take to do this. [...]

Purchasing a NSW Property? Seven Key Contract Terms to Consider

If you’re looking for a property in NSW, you’ve probably come across one or two property contracts. Have you noticed how thick they are? When you add a building and pest report (and the strata report if you’re buying an apartment), it’s enough to break your back! If you feel bogged down by all contract [...]

How to write the best Will to protect your family

All of us have financial affairs to manage. The longer we live, the more assets we accumulate. Things like a home and its contents, a car, maybe a business and perhaps even an inherited property. It’s also compulsory for us all to have a superannuation fund and many of us take out insurance policies to [...]

How to respond to a statement of claim or debt collector

You are probably reading this because you were served with a statement of claim or served court papers by a process server. Usually mail is unwelcome – ads or bills – but this takes it to the next level. It seems people are quick to go to debt collectors or the court process to recover [...]

Is Gossip Ruining Your Reputation? Tips on Using the Law of Defamation to Help You

Has someone has ever said anything so bad about you that you feel you need to take action? Have they lied about you or your business and caused you real harm? If so, the law of defamation might help you right these wrongs. Gossip and lies can do real harm to a person, their business [...]

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