It is understandable if you are currently concerned about your health and well-being, as well as that of your loved ones and elders. Many of us are also considering whether our Wills and Powers of Attorney are up to date.
For several years the Women Lawyers Association Queensland Inc. (WLAQ) celebrates International Women’s Day by releasing an annual WLAQ Inspo List.
We are proud to announce that Senior Associate Bonnie O’Brien has been named on the list this year!
26 out of 34 members of the Hede Byrne & Hall team are women, that’s over 76% of the firm. Many of the women here are Solicitors, Senior Associate Lawyers, or hold unique positions such as Special Counsel or Partner/Director such as Waanda McCarthy and Kym Cavanagh. It’s no wonder a request for ‘cupcakes’ to celebrate International Women’s Day would not go unnoticed here!
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A recent decision of the West Australian Estate Administrative Tribunal has raised doubts in what was previously thought to be a settled area of the law.
For many people a testamentary trust is a key part of estate planning arrangements. There are a number of tax benefits and other advantages that come from the use of a testamentary trust.
Every four years, the Fair Work Commission reviews modern awards. The effect of the Commission’s most recent review (in July 2019), was that the annualised salary arrangements set out in 19 modern awards, set out below, will be changed.
Gudkovs Power Settgast (GPS Lawyers) has recently become a part of our firm, Hede Byrne & Hall Lawyers.
Senior Solicitors, Alex Gudkovs and Bonnie O’Brien are continuing to provide quality legal services to the Warwick community as part of the Hede Byrne & Hall team. Alex and Bonnie have already been warmly welcomed to our team and we are excited about the wealth of knowledge and expertise that they bring with them.
The Guardianship and Administration and other Legislation Amendment Act were recently passed. The provisions have not yet commenced. It makes a number of changes to the law relating to guardianship and powers of attorney which aim to strengthen protections for vulnerable adults.
The loss of a family member is always a difficult time, but it can become more distressing to learn that you have not been included in the Will.
Generally, a person may leave their assets to whomever they wish. However, the law recognises that there are those who relied on the deceased for support that can sometimes be unfairly left out of the Will and are therefore able to make a claim so their needs are adequately provided for.
Most people know someone who has been affected by a family breakup. It is usually a very stressful and emotional time where people are anxious about the divorce, the property settlement and the emotional wellbeing and care arrangements for children.
Unfortunately, this is reflected in a great quantity of inaccurate statements, often regarded as fact by those, in the community.