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Fair Property Settlement

Get What You Deserve From Your Family Law Property Settlement

By Frances Maatouk

Are you going through an emotionally turbulent divorce or separation? If so, don’t feel like you’re alone. This is much more common than you might think. Many people in your situation struggle to reach a financial or property settlement with their ex-partner. Many people will, after going through months and perhaps years of painful fighting […]

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De Facto Relationships

Am I in a De Facto Relationship?

By Mark Machaalani

What is a de facto relationship According to section 4AA of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), a person is in a de facto relationship with another if the parties are not legally married to each other, are not related by family and have a relationship as a couple living together on a genuine domestic […]

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COVID-19 Lockdowns, Domestic Violence and Divorce

By Frances Maatouk

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected most countries around the world and upended the daily lives of many. With no cure nor vaccine presently available against it, governments are forced to take other measures to stop the spread of the virus. COVID-19 is said to be a highly infectious disease. The virus is actually part of […]

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Family Court News

Family Court News: How COVID-19 is Changing Australian Family Court

By Mark Machaalani

COVID-19: the pandemic that is currently shaking and jeopardising the entire world. Numerous countries are placed on lock-down. Both small and large businesses are struggling with many even collapsing. Infected people are, for a fact, dead, dying, or recovering. Lives are upturned. People are frightened. People are losing their jobs.  The bitter reality brought to […]

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Property Settlement Agreement

Property Settlement Agreement: A Complete Guide [2020]

By Mark Machaalani

Property Settlement Agreement in Sydney A family property settlement agreement may not be a major discussion topic for most folks. However, in some situations in life, they function as a necessity to sort things out and be able to move on. Unfortunately, enough bad stories pop up that people dread the idea, and they come […]

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Justice Statue

Australia Court Summer Campaign

By Mark Machaalani

On March 2, 2020, the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the Courts) issued a media release in relation to their initiative to address the backlog of family law cases in Australia by launching a Summer Campaign. The Summer Campaign is among the efforts implemented by the Courts to manage […]

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Buying Off The Plan

Buying Property Off the Plan – Your Ultimate Guide

By Mark Machaalani

How Does Buying Off the Plan Work? When you buy a property off the plan, you buy it before it is actually built. Sometimes the property may only be at the planning stage. Off-the-plan property includes vacant land, land and house packages, duplexes and apartments. As a buyer, you may have access to a display […]

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How to Sell a House

How to Sell A House In NSW

By Mark Machaalani

The Definitive Guide To Selling a House in NSW Selling a home or apartment is one of the most significant biggest decisions of your life. Think about it, with property values gradually increasing (especially in Sydney with property prices going through the roof), you want to make sure you understand your legal rights before you […]

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Buying a House

How To Buy a House in NSW [2020 Guide]

By Mark Machaalani

Cover all Your Bases Your Guide to Buying Property Buying a home or apartment is one of the most significant investments and biggest decisions of your life. Think about it, with property values gradually increasing (especially in Sydney with property prices going through the roof), you want to make sure you understand your legal rights […]

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Small Claims Court (Coins)

Sydney Small Claims Law Q&A

By Mark Machaalani

Small Claims Court Matters The small claims division deals with the dispute if the amount in question in no more than $10,000. Persons involved in these matters sometimes represent themselves, or they may choose to retain a solicitor for dispute resolution. Whether a solicitor is involved or not, the small claim division has certain rules, […]

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Insurance Law

Insurance Law: Tips and Tricks From Our Lawyers

By Mark Machaalani

Denied Insurance Claim? Need legal assistance on your insurance claims? Are you having trouble with your litigation or indemnity claim? Our meticulous solicitors at Unified Lawyers are here to provide efficient solutions. It is a common misconception that insurance covers all claims. Our team of Sydney insurance lawyers have a genuine passion and extensive experience […]

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Building and Construction Law

Sydney Building & Constructions Law Tips

By Mark Machaalani

Our building and construction lawyers have profound understanding, knowledge, and experience in all stages of the building and construction process. Members of our team live and breathe the industry and have held positions as builders, estimators and contract administrators. This allows us to provide sensible, quality and practical legal services and cost-effective solutions. Our primary […]

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Debt Collection

What do You Need to Know About Debt Collection

By Mark Machaalani

Let us recover the money that is rightfully yours. We have the most professional debt recovery lawyers Sydney has to offer. Our team has a genuine passion for collecting funds that are rightfully owed to our clients. Our goal is for you to get paid. We have extensive legal expertise and credibility to promptly resolve […]

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Statement of Claim

Statement of Claim: Everything You Need to Know About

By Mark Machaalani

Have you been issued a statement of claim by the Local Court, District Court or Supreme Court? Are you seeking legal advice to defend a statement of claim or assistance on filing one? We provide complete legal solutions to disputes throughout Sydney and New South Wales. We provide complete assistance for your claims – from […]

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Commercial litigation

Sydney Commercial Litigation

By Mark Machaalani

Do you have a winning court case? We’ll do everything we can to settle your matter in your best interests before it proceeds to court. We specialise in dispute resolution and solving issues quickly. But if you decide to fight, you’ll have our team of solicitors on your side. They have the experience, expertise and […]

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child custody lawyers sydney

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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family lawyer sydney

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

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 are dramatically changing due to a number […]

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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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last will

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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Small Claims Court

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

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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