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Child Custody after a Divorce or Separation: The Ultimate Guide

By Frances Maatouk

Divorce and separation are both filled with enough strife without children being thrown into the mix. The terms of a separation/divorce might even be amicable. But deciding on the time, responsibilities, and finances each parent must dedicate to their children can result in plenty of unneeded friction. Many custody-related anxieties are rooted in the unknown. […]

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5 Types Of Legal Proceedings Where You May Need A Family Lawyer

By Mark Machaalani

Nothing is more important in this life than family. So, when you find yourself in a difficult legal situation, it’s imperative that you find the right attorney to handle your family law issues. The term “family law” is a broad term that can cover a range of situations. Here are five types of legal cases […]

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How To Get A Divorce

By Mark Machaalani

Our Family Lawyers are experts on divorce. This guide will answer all of your questions, but don’t hesitate to get in touch so that we can help you in your matter. Divorce can be a simple process but also get much more complex, in either case, we recommend to seek legal advice to aid in […]

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Divorce Rate by Country: The World’s 10 Most and Least Divorced Nations

By Mark Machaalani

By the best family lawyers in Sydney. We’ve taken a closer look at the divorce trends across the globe. Marriage is becoming less popular and divorce continues to rise. Check out the infographic below: Every year, world organizations such as the UN record global divorce rates. According to recorded data, the marriage and divorce statistics […]

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What Is Probate NSW? + Common Questions and Answers

By Mark Machaalani

What is probate and how does the process begin when a family member dies? What are the steps to take, the costs, and who should you contact to start the process? What is the Probate Process in NSW? Probate is the process used to ensure that the disposition of the assets of a deceased person follows the […]

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How Long Does Probate Take?

By Mark Machaalani

The Supreme Court of New South Wales (NSW) determines the legal authenticity of a deceased person’s will, or, when necessary, appoints an executor to manage the distribution of a decedent’s estate. Probate determines the authenticity of a contested/problematic will, or, establishes managerial authority for an individual who passes intestate, that is, without a will. The Probate Process Probate […]

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Executor of a Will: What They Do and How They Do It

By Mark Machaalani

No one likes to think about a loved one dying, but preparing a will and organizing one’s assets is the best way to take that burden off your loved ones and make sure they are properly cared for after you’re gone. That’s when the executor of a will comes in. When someone who dies leaves […]

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Top 40+ Must-Read Marriage Counselling and Relationship Blogs for Australian Couples

By Mark Machaalani

Marriage is one of the highest points in our lives. However, not all marriages go as planned. Some couples run into typical relationship issues, while others encounter major problems and realise they cannot be resolved. No matter the case, we’ve got just the right websites to get advice from. Here’s an overview of 50 marriage counselling […]

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Investment Property 101: How To Get Started [Tips From 19 Experts]

By Mark Machaalani

A property purchase structure is all about how you buy a property. There are many ways you can do that in Sydney, and each has its own advantages and drawbacks. Depending on your financial goals and circumstances, your Sydney Conveyancer or Property Lawyer can help you pick the property purchase structure that best suits your […]

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Power of Attorney

By Mark Machaalani

What is a Power of Attorney? A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint and authorise a person to lawfully act on your behalf to deal with your money, bank accounts, shares, real estate and other financial matters. The person you appoint is called the ‘attorney’, however this does not […]

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Security of Payment Act NSW

By Mark Machaalani

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION SOPA The Building and Construction Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (SOPA) was introduced to regulate the payment process in the building and construction industry. The purpose of this legislation was to enhance and promote the flow of cash (or alleviate financial pressures) through timely payment of progress […]

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Enduring Guardianship

By Mark Machaalani

What is an Enduring Guardian? An Enduring Guardian is a person who you legally appoint to manage and deal with your personal or health issues when you are no longer in a position to make your own decisions. The Enduring Guardian is able to make decisions in relation to: Accommodation – to decide where you […]

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Insurance Appeal Letter

By Mark Machaalani

What to do when your insurance claim has been denied? You file a claim for cover under your policy with your insurance company. Perhaps your loss was from a motor vehicle accident, business interruption, an issue with your construction site, home building or its contents, or a health concern. You receive a letter denying indemnity […]

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Tips for Buying Into Strata Schemes

By Mark Machaalani

Buying into a strata scheme is quite different from buying a stand-alone property. If you’re thinking of buying into a strata scheme, it’s important for you to understand your rights, obligations, and responsibilities before you buy..

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Things To Consider When Selling a Tenanted Property

By Mark Machaalani

It’s not always easy to sell a property with tenant. However, if you work with the tenant throughout the process, the process will be much less stressful…

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Buying a House at An Auction

By Mark Machaalani

With more and more properties available at auctions, it has become popular for buyers to purchase property at property auctions.

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Do You Need a Will?

By Mark Machaalani

If you don’t want to create problems for your loved ones when you pass away, it’s important for you to consider making a Will.

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Real Estate Disclosure When Selling a Property

By Mark Machaalani

When you sell a property in NSW, you’re required to disclose a wide range of information and documentation to all potential buyers.

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Lawyer vs Conveyancer. Know the Difference!

By Mark Machaalani

If you’re confused about whether to hire a property lawyer or a conveyancer, you’re not alone.

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Property Settlement Process: Everything You Need To Know

By Mark Machaalani

You saved up and found a property in Sydney that you could afford. Today is the settlement day, and you can’t wait to move into your new home. What should you expect to happen on this day?

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Buying A House With Tentants

By Mark Machaalani

Most home buyers have an empty house waiting for them at settlement. However, some may inherit a tenant when they buy a tenanted Sydney property.

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Do I need a Survey Report?

By Mark Machaalani

Investing in a new home in Sydney is one of the most important investments you will make in your life. When you are buying something that is so expensive, it is quite logical to get precise information about its condition. This is where survey reports come into play

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Conveyancing: Buying/Selling A Home

Vacant Possession

By Mark Machaalani

When buying a Sydney property, most buyers take it for granted that when they take ownership of the property, they are getting a vacant possession.

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What Is A Property Easement And How Does It Affect Me

By Mark Machaalani

An easement provides one person with the right to use another person’s property for a specific purpose or use and does not confer any right of possession.

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Problems with Debt? Here’s How To Send A Letter Of Demand

By Mark Machaalani

If someone owes you money, you should speak to them about the debt. In the case that they just can’t or won’t pay you back, you may need to see a debt recovery solicitor… 

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Simultaneous Settlement: Buying & Selling A House At The Same Time

By Mark Machaalani

To buy first or to sell first, that’s the question!

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Torrens Title: What is the difference between Strata and Torrens Titles?

By Mark Machaalani

When purchasing a property in NSW, it is important for you to consider the type of title that the property falls under.

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Disputes with Neighbours

By Mark Machaalani

The best way to handle neighbour disputes is to talk things out. It’s in your best interest to come to an agreement, as you could be living next to each other for a long time to come. What if you can’t? 

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What is Cooling Off Period?

By Mark Machaalani

When it comes to buying or selling property in NSW, it is crucial for both the buyer and seller to understand what the cooling off period actually means…

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Real Estate Deposit Rules in NSW

By Mark Machaalani

When buying or selling a property in NSW, the agreement to buy or sell is usually not binding until the contracts have been exchanged by both parties and a deposit has been made by the buyer…

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Refinancing Investment Property

By Mark Machaalani

When it comes to refinancing property in Sydney, there are several common reasons why property owners would do that. Read more to find our these reasons.

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What is a sunset date?

By Mark Machaalani

Any property purchased off-the-plan, whether it be a unit, apartment, house or land package is subject to a Sunset Clause expressed in the Contract. 

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Contract for Sale of Land in NSW

By Mark Machaalani

It is important to understand what a Contract for Sale of Land is and what it is used for. In summary, it is an agreement outlining the terms and conditions between a seller and a buyer of real property… 

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Property Inspection Report

By Mark Machaalani

Before committing yourself to purchasing one of the biggest assets of your life, our Sydney Conveyancing lawyers always recommend that you obtain a building and/or pest report.

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Tenancy in Common and Joint Tenancy

By Mark Machaalani

When determining how to take title to the purchase of real property in New South Wales, transactions involving multiple buyers offer several options. The two most common are joint tenancy (or joint tenants) and tenancy in common (or tenants in common).

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How to research a neighbourhood before you buy: 7 Tips

By Mark Machaalani

When looking to purchase a property in NSW, all buyers should conduct their own “due diligence” in relation to the neighbourhood they are looking to buy in. 

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Small Business Debt Collection: Tips And Advice

By Mark Machaalani

As a small business owner, one of the keys to success is managing cash flow. Cash flow can be maintained by understanding how to manage your accounts and how to recover bad debts. 

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Stamp Duty In NSW: Everything You Need to Know

By Mark Machaalani

You are probably asking yourself: What exactly is stamp duty? What are the costs? Who gets the money? Why do I have to pay it?

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How To Get A Home Loan

By Mark Machaalani

In order to protect yourself from potentially losing your deposit, it is important to first consider the loan approval process before paying the deposit. 

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