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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.