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You’ve been served with a Claim & Statement of Claim

You have just received a statement of claim — what should you do? First, don’t throw it in the recycling bin as it will be recycled in a way that you do not expect. If you have received a claim and statement of claim, you have 28 days from the date you received it (otherwiseContinue Reading

Who’s Knocking… The Uber Driver or the Airbnb Tenant?

Imagine the scenario. You have just bought your new dream home, moved in and settled and there is a knock on the door. It can’t be the Uber driver, because you didn’t call one. But it could be the Airbnb Tenant you did not know about. When selling a residential property in Queensland, the SellerContinue Reading

Cheap wills a costly option

Increasing numbers of people are asking Queensland law firms to help solve disputes resulting from ambiguous wills. More people are coming into solicitors’ offices with will kits, asking for help to complete them. While solicitors do not object to the business, they would rather see people getting a high-quality and cost-effective service from the outset.Continue Reading

Someone Owes Me Money

What can I do when someone owes me money? In the course of running a small business, it is not unusual for your account customers to fall behind in the payment of their account. As with most businesses, the first thing you do is contact the debtor to remind them that they are late payingContinue Reading

English is a Crazy Language

Our Principal, Giovanni Porta is a Notary Public, and is able to services our ever expanding international client base. As an ex-English teacher, he despairs for those people who try to learn English, which can be confusing for learners of our language. Homographs are words of similar spelling but with more than one meaning. AContinue Reading

Australia/Italian Dual Citizenship

There is a Hamletic dilemma which has become very popular in recent times and it is increasingly the focus of gossip on the main national newspapers and magazines. Despite politicians tending to deny their dual citizenship by showing certificates and sealed papers in public, we believe that dual citizenship brings consistent advantages to people. Firstly,Continue Reading

Consumer Guarantees

I spent all this money to get my car repaired/serviced and it is no better now than when I first took it in. What can I do? The mechanic has your vehicle off the road for a week. He gives you a call and says its ready to be collected – job done. You payContinue Reading

Childcare Centres and Subpoenas

There are three main types of Orders which centre Directors will need to deal with from time to time. They are Subpoenas, Location Orders and Interim and Final Parenting Orders. These situations arise from parties to proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court or Family Court of Australia who have children or grandchildren attending childcare centres.Continue Reading

Unfair Dismissal

Fair Work Act 2009 (the “FW Act”) is currently Australia’s principal industrial relations statute and governs the employment of most employees in each State and Territory of Australia. What is unfair dismissal? If an Australian business has to dismiss an employee, they need to ensure that they have a valid reason. Unfair dismissal is when an employeeContinue Reading