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Queensland is different from New South Wales (and not just because we produce better rugby league players…)

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Up here, time is of the essence in our standard property contract.  This means if you are buying or selling a house, if you (or someone else, like your bank) does not do something on time, there can be serious consequences.

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Appointing an Enduring Power of Attorney

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The year 2020 has proven challenging for the world and has demonstrated that it may be impossible to predict what the future holds. This is why it is just as important, if not more important, to appoint an Enduring Power of Attorney, as it is to make a Will.  Accident, injury and illness are unfortunately common, and can leave you without capacity, and without the ability to properly manage your affairs.  It is therefore necessary you appoint someone you trust to make decisions that are in your best interests, should something happen to you.

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Your community organisation and COVID-19: A public liability perspective

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What’s so important about community organisations?

The crucial role of community organisations in Australian society cannot be underestimated during the best of times.  After all, there are approximately 257,000 non-profit organisations operating in Australia, according to a recent review by the Australian Government’s Treasury Department.

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What are your obligations to workers? Part 2: Workers & The Worker’s Compensation Scheme

All employers are obliged to take out workers’ compensation insurance for each of their workers.  In this respect, it is important to have a clear understanding of the definition of ‘worker’ under the Workers’ Compensation & Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld) (‘the Act’).

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What are your obligations to workers? Part 1: Employees vs Independent Contractors

Why you need to know the difference

The method by which a worker is engaged can have several legal ramifications. The terms of engagement impacts the type of obligations owed to the worker (such as pay and conditions), as well as their entitlements in the event the worker is injured.

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Stamp duty concession available on transfer of family farm

Is your family considering the transfer of the family farm to the next generation? If so, did you know there may be a stamp duty concession available?

Whether you are transferring or acquiring the family farming property, our experienced lawyers are here to make the process as smooth as possible.

With offices in Toowoomba, Warwick and Roma, we are committed to supporting rural families on the Darling Downs, South West Queensland and beyond.

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Personal Injuries Digest: Helicopter Pilot Crashes in Papua New Guinea Highlands

Report: Towers v Hevilift Ltd (No. 2) [2020] QSC 77

Background

Mr Towers was injured while flying a helicopter which crashed in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, in the course of his employment with Hevilift Ltd (Hevilift). As a result he was rendered an incomplete quadriplegic and permanently incapacitated for work as a pilot.

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