Many of you use Facebook and other Social Media these days posting statuses about your latest holiday, or just about the morning's coffee break; but you need to be wary that the moment you start making negative comments you may be breaching the law. Indeed all users of social media beware that comments posted on [...]
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Prenuptial Agreements – Are they worth the paper they are written on? In Australia, pre-nuptial agreements are relatively new. That is to say, such agreements were not recognised as binding until amendments were incorporated into the Family Law Act in about 2000. In Australia, pre-nuptial agreements (known as Binding Financial Agreements) can be entered into [...]
At Tonkin Drysdale Partners we offer a personalised service in Family Law. Your enquiry or matter will be handled with discretion and a specialist competence gained with years of practice in this field. Our primary aim is always to work together with our clients to achieve quick, and cost effective resolutions. Family Law is a [...]
This is a question often asked by my clients. Naturally, most parents want the best for their children and want to respect their wishes particularly during a difficult time when their parents are separating. Usually the parent that is posing the question tells me that they have been told by their child that they want [...]
Most people have heard about Powers of Attorney, usually through involvement with a family member. Powers of Attorney are important appointments which help plan for the unexpected contingencies in life. The appointment of Enduring Guardians are just as important. While Powers of Attorney let you appoint someone to manage your financial affairs (in the event that [...]
The Fair Work Act provides general protections for workers against employers taking adverse action against them. Section 351 of the Act says that an employer must not take adverse action against a worker who is exercising a workplace right. In 2012, the Federal Magistrates Court was asked to decide whether an employer had breached section [...]
Are you into creative and performing arts? Is my draft novel/song/artwork protected at law? Under the Copyright Act 1968 (the Act) various material is automatically protected by copyright. There are two general categories including "works" defined as "literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works" and "subject matter other than works" which includes sound and TV broadcasts, [...]
Superannuation is becoming for many a major asset. If a death benefit is attached it may be worth tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is a funny creature. It is your asset, yet you have no control over it. Unless you have reached a certain age you can’t have it. If you [...]
DO YOU HAVE A DISPUTE WITH A FINANCIAL SERVICE PROVIDER? I sometimes receive enquiries from clients who are not happy with a decision made by their financial service provider. Recently, a client came to see me to get advice because her insurer refused to pay a claim for her car which had been stolen. The car [...]
Identity theft can happen to any one of us. If you lose your wallet or handbag, or if your car or home is broken into, documents can be stolen and used. If you provide personal information over the internet, on social media or over the phone your personal details can also be used to someone [...]