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Windfalls and family law property settlements

The steps involved in determining how property is divided after the breakdown of a relationship generally include: identifying the assets, liabilities and financial resources of the parties; assessing the parties’ financial and non-financial contributions; evaluating the parties’ respective future needs; determining a financial settlement that is, in all circumstances, just and equitable. This is the… Read More

A Step by Step Guide to the Litigation Process

If you are a small business owner, there is a good chance that at some point you will consider suing someone to recover a debt, seek damages for a breach of contract or to resolve an employment dispute. If you are considering commencing a legal action, it is important to understand the basic procedures involved…. Read More

Enduring Powers of Attorney explained

Most people have heard of a Power of Attorney but most do not fully appreciate the extent of its power, the benefits it delivers or the types of powers of attorney that exist. A Power of Attorney is a convenient and sound legal method of allowing someone to handle your affairs. It is often used… Read More

The benefits of mediation in a commercial dispute

Lawyers are often stereotyped as being interested in prolonging an expensive Court action. More often the opposite is true. Lawyers know that Court cases are expensive and that clients are fearful that legal costs could escalate to an intolerable level. Lawyers interested in preserving long-standing relationships with their clients will often recommend alternative dispute resolution… Read More

We’re still friends, why do we need a ‘legal’ property settlement?

Many couples separate on good terms, which is great. The breakdown of a relationship can be difficult, however putting differences aside to move forward can be beneficial, particularly where children are concerned. Ex-partners who remain on good terms may choose to make informal arrangements regarding the division of their property. However, the failure to legally… Read More