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A Guide to Shareholder Agreements

A company constitution is usually drafted in a standard format and does not provide protection for shareholders in the event of a dispute between them or where issues arise not covered by the constitution.A shareholder agreement, which properly outlines...

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Does your superannuation policy cover you for disability?

Many of us are guilty of not reading the clauses in our superannuation fund documents and are just content to let our employer make fortnightly contributions and hope that we have enough money put away to retire on if the time ever arrives. However, in...

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Can your ex-de facto inherit under your Will?

Once upon a time you were happily living together with your de facto partner. Roses were bought, dinners were cooked, finances were shared, and Wills were signed leaving all your assets to the other partner in the event of what you then thought of as the...

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Business structures – trusts

When commencing a business venture, it is necessary to consider the most appropriate type of business structure to put in place. Different business structures have different benefits and disadvantages. This article looks at trusts - how to set up a trust...

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Testamentary Trusts

Testamentary trusts can be very effective estate planning tools to assist in providing for spouses, children and grandchildren, and are becoming increasingly popular as more people become aware of their advantages.A Testamentary Trust is any trust...

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Legal Due Diligence When Purchasing Commercial Property

Buying a commercial property is an important decision with significant financial consequences. If you are considering buying a commercial property, it is vital that investigations about the property are carried out so that you can make an informed decision...

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A Franchise Agreement explained

Since the early 1970’s buying and operating a franchise business has become an increasingly popular way for many Australians to own and operate their own business. Initially franchising in Australia almost always involved a foreign parent company or brand....

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The Power of a Statutory Demand – business debt collection

If you are in business, whether it’s in the capacity of a company director, in management or if you represent a company as its accountant, you must know of the power of a Statutory Demand. This article sets out the huge benefits in using this as a method of very...

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Take care when buying a property off the Plan

The term “buying off the plan” usually refers to purchasing a property that is not yet registered as a separate lot with the government department responsible for land title registrations, or not yet built. Buying off the plan can refer to the purchase of a block of...

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