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What happens if there is undue influence on a Will-maker?

Undue influence and coercive behaviour towards a Will-maker

All too prevalently we receive enquiries from family members who are suspicious that a vulnerable or elderly family member has been influenced or even bullied by a close relative or family member, to change their Will.

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Is a Binding Financial Agreement still valid after one party dies?

What happens if I have a Financial Agreement (BFA) and my partner dies?

This blog will explore the effects of death on a Financial Agreement and circumstances in which an agreement may be set aside.

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Cricket tribunal cases Northern Territory

Win for Northern Territory cricketer at sports law tribunal

We recently successfully represented a keen amateur cricket player at the Northern Territory Cricket Tribunal. Our client initially received a hefty penalty which would see him out of action on the ground for several years.

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When your child doesn’t want to spend time with the other parent.

My child does not want to spend time with my ex. Can I force them to?

After separation where there are children of the relationship, it’s important to put plans in place to ensure both parents have equal shared responsibility for the children, except in cases of family violence or child abuse.

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Bee sting death at Tasiliquid Gold beehives farm

Coronial inquest to determine if victim was an “employee” at the time of death

This matter is dealing with the death of a man after a bee sting. It is before the Coroner in the Magistrates Court Coronial Division. One of the main issues to be determined is whether the victim was a “worker” at the time of the incident, which impacts entitlements for the family under workers compensation and fatal accident laws.

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Can my employer take back money they overpaid me?

Overpayment of wages. Where do you stand?

The traditional understanding in relation to overpayment of wages is that money can be recovered from an employee if the overpayment arose from a mistake of fact, however, overpayment monies could not be recovered if it arose from a mistake of law.

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How to verify your identity for a PEXA e-conveyancing transaction

Verifying your identity for a PEXA e-conveyancing settlement

PEXA is Australia’s online settlement and lodgment platform for property transactions. Verifying your identity is a fundamental step in the process of conveyancing, including e-conveyancing, to avoid any fraudulent property transactions. Hall Payne Lawyers provide secure and simple options for verifying your identity.

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What is PEXA and what are the benefits of using e-conveyancing?

What is PEXA?

PEXA (Property Exchange Australia) is an online settlement and lodgment platform used by about 10,000 lawyers, conveyancers and financial institutions to lodge and settle property settlements. Hall Payne Lawyers have recently subscribed to PEXA to offer our clients more security, flexibility and certainty in their conveyancing matters.

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Spotless Cleaning and Berkeley Challenge lose Full Court appeals

Full Court appeals see significant win for workers terminated under s.119 of the Fair Work Act

Full Court appeals see a win for workers and their union. On 1 July 2020, the Full Court of the Federal Court dismissed two appeals, finding that the termination of employment of the affected employees did not fall within the exception of ‘ordinary and customary turnover of labour’.

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Computer hacking offences and computer misuse in Queensland

Computer hacking and misuse in Queensland

What most people don’t realise is that computer hacking and misuse can relate to conduct as simple as looking at files on their work allocated computers that they are not supposed to be looking at, even if they have ready access to the files. And it’s a crime in Queensland.

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Appealing a domestic violence protection order

Domestic violence Protection Order appeal dismissed by District Court

We recently assisted a client with successfully dismissing a Domestic and Family Violence Appeal in the District Court in February 2020. We represented the Respondent in relation to a Protection Order in the case of MNT v MEE.

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Can my employer reduce my hours when I’m on JobKeeper?

Has your employer reduced your hours/pay under a JobKeeper Direction that seems unreasonable?

With the extension of the Federal Government’s JobKeeper Scheme until 28 March 2021, employees should continue to be aware of their workplace rights in circumstances in which they think their employer has reduced their hours/pay unreasonably.

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