The Child Support Agency can do more than just collect child support

By Margaret Miller • In Family LawComments Off on The Child Support Agency can do more than just collect child support

Spousal maintenance is often an important issue for spouses after separation.  The level of financial support provided by one spouse to the other can affect not only the spouse in need but the children of the relationship. If negotiations fail, it may be necessary to apply to the family court

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Statutory Consumer Guarantees for new motor vehicles

By Margaret Miller • In Consumer Law, LawComments Off on Statutory Consumer Guarantees for new motor vehicles

The ACCC has accepted a court enforceable undertaking offered by Holden to address the ACCC’s concerns about Holden’s compliance with the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and the ACL’s consumer guarantees. By its undertaking, Holden has committed not only to comply with the ACL as it stands, but also to take

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Further changes to Domestic Violence laws from May 2017

By Margaret Miller • In Family LawComments Off on Further changes to Domestic Violence laws from May 2017

Greater police protection –police protection notices are expanded to enable police to better protect a victim and their children, relatives and associates. More tailored domestic violence orders –From 30 May 2017, the duration of domestic violence orders (DVOs) is increased to a minimum of five years unless the court is satisfied there are reasons

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Safeguarding your intellectual property

By Margaret Miller • In Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, LawComments Off on Safeguarding your intellectual property

The value of your Intellectual Property (“IP”) could be worth more to you than your real property, business equipment or stock. You need to consider how you can safeguard the ownership of your IP and regularly monitor and control any threats to your ownership. Trademarks IP may be the most

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Effect of bankruptcy on superannuation

By Margaret Miller • In Bankruptcy Law, Insolvency Law, Law, NewsComments Off on Effect of bankruptcy on superannuation

Bankruptcy and superannuation  When an individual becomes bankrupt, the bankrupt’s property vests in the Bankruptcy Trustee with several exceptions. One exception applies to the bankrupt’s interest in a regulated superannuation fund, an approved deposit fund, or an exempt public sector superannuation scheme. Superannuation benefits of a bankrupt as at the

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Justice Michelle May retires from the Family Court of Australia

By Margaret Miller • In Family Law, Law, NewsComments Off on Justice Michelle May retires from the Family Court of Australia

In July 2017, Justice Michelle May is retiring as a judge of the Family Court of Australia, Appeal Division. Born in England and raised in Brisbane, Justice May attended primary school in Coorparoo and secondary college at St Margaret’s Anglican School. She was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to attend the

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Insolvency update: SumoSalad uses insolvency laws to negotiate lease dispute with landlords

By Margaret Miller • In Bankruptcy Law, Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution, Insolvency Law, Law, Litigation, NewsComments Off on Insolvency update: SumoSalad uses insolvency laws to negotiate lease dispute with landlords

After many failed attempts over the past 6 months to negotiate cuts in leasing charges, Luke Baylis, the chief executive and co-founder of SumoSalad put two of its companies, Sumo Westfield Leasing Pty Ltd and Sumo Leasing Pty Ltd, into voluntary administration to force several Westfield centres to the negotiating

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Changes affecting superannuation, unfair dismissals and wages from 1 July 2017 Superannuation

By Margaret Miller • In Employment LawComments Off on Changes affecting superannuation, unfair dismissals and wages from 1 July 2017 Superannuation

EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE by Margaret Miller, Bell Legal Group The main superannuation changes applying from 1 July 2017 are: • $1.6 million transfer balance cap introduced; • removal of tax exemption for transition-to-retirement pensions • the annual concessional (before tax) contributions cap reduced to $25,000 • the annual non-concessional (after

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Protecting your trade secrets when employees leave

By Margaret Miller • In Employment LawComments Off on Protecting your trade secrets when employees leave

Employee trade secret theft is becoming a serious threat for employers, as evidenced by the increasing number of cases before the courts dealing with such conduct. Often the problem could have been avoided by forward planning by the employer. It is wise to have an action plan in place to

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Considering a Child Maintenance Trust?

By Margaret Miller • In Family LawComments Off on Considering a Child Maintenance Trust?

Following the breakdown of a relationship, parents discussing child support can consider an arrangement to make child support money go further by establishing a Child Maintenance Trust. In most family trusts, minor children who are beneficiaries are taxed at 47% for every dollar over $416 per annum.  This does not

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