Don’s Dynamite – September 2018

trust – noun- firm belief that someone or something is reliable, true, or able to do something….’ [source – Oxford English dictionary] It is perhaps just a sign of the times, but however you look at it trust, or perhaps more so the lack of trust, is almost now all…

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E-Conveyancing: The PEXA Implementation Process

Here’s to the future…………………………. Finally, we’re catching up with the Kiwis! Not on the rugby field any time soon but with electronic conveyancing. Conveyancing as we know it is going through dramatic and drastic change. This is all due to advancements in technology. E-conveyancing has been operating on a limited…

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An Explanation of Add Backs in Family Law

If you have been or are going through a relationship breakdown then you might want to know about ‘Add Backs’. Add backs in property matters arise when one party may have wasted or spent money on such things as gambling or the purchase of gifts for third parties. The obtaining…

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Don’s Dynamite – August 2018

This month’s Dynamite doesn’t follow the usual format because Don and Leanne are re-charging their batteries due to the large flow of legal work coming into the practice [not to mention the significant media interest in Don]; we all need time out now and again. To ease any disappointment for…

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Bullies and the damage they can cause

The term “bully” can be said to mean “a blustering, overbearing, quarrelsome person who habitually badgers and intimidates another person”. Unfortunately, these sorts of people are now left to roam through the electronic world unrestricted – seeking out others whom they feel comfortable attacking.  Bullies are made, not born so something…

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Don’s Dynamite: Inappropriate Behaviour – Reprehensible Conduct!

In recent times we’ve seen an outpouring of details relating to inappropriate behaviour by high profile individuals and institutions which should all be above the reprehensible conduct complained of. The Royal Commission into Sexual Misconduct in Institutions, the establishment of the Me Too Movement and the all too common occurrence…

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Add-Backs and Family Law

If you’re involved in a property settlement which results from a breakdown of a relationship, it’s always helpful to understand the concept of ‘Add-Backs’. Add-backs generally occur when one partner has wasted or spent money on things such as gambling or the purchase of gifts for third parties. If this…

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Dave’s Story and the Collaborative Approach

Some time ago on the Family Law Centre Fraser Coast site we published the story of Dave and his property settlement. Dave’s story was a cautionary tale of what can happen when there is a relationship break down – so if you want you can re-visit Dave and his story here….

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Do You Have an End of Life Plan?

Do you have an end of life plan? Death is a topic most of us feel uncomfortable talking about. But it is something that we really need to consider – death is final but not always for those who are left behind. There are also occasions where the period before…

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How one document can affect your life

As a lawyer it’s becoming all too frequent to hear similar tales of woe. The tale usually goes something like this – the ‘phone call is made to our office and you know almost immediately from the shaking and tragic tone of the caller’s voice that misfortune has been visited…

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