15.042017
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DIY WILLS: ARE THEY REALLY CHEAPER AND EASIER?

– By Elizabeth Burke – Will kits, do-it-yourself wills, home-made wills. Whatever you call them, they’re often a topic of controversy. Why? Because if they’re not made and executed correctly, a huge amount of time and money may be required to sort things out after you’ve shuffled off this mortal coil. This issue was illustrated…

12.042017
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CRIMINAL LAW: I’VE BEEN ARRESTED. NOW WHAT?

– By Naomi Hill – Being arrested can be stressful and frightening. If you don’t understand what’s going on, it can be even more difficult. The key to handling the situation is to remain calm and behave in a polite and cooperative manner. And there’s no doubt that it also helps to know your rights….

05.042017
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CAN YOU CHALLENGE A WILL IF IT’S NOT WHAT YOU WERE EXPECTING?

– By Kaela Dore – When a woman was unhappy with the proposed distribution of her late Aunt’s estate, she took legal action to have the will changed. She claimed that there were suspicious circumstances surrounding how the will was made. This case sheds some light on the circumstances in which a will may be…

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FAMILY LAW: WHEN IS IT OKAY TO MOVE THE KIDS OVERSEAS?

– By Chloe Goldsworthy – If you have children with your ex-partner, you may have experienced difficulties in agreeing on all sorts of issues concerning your kids. This problem is often magnified when it comes to taking them overseas. Having an overseas holiday is one thing, but circumstances can become even more fraught if one…

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FAMILY LAW: “I’M KEEPING THE PETS!”

– By Marwa Shabbar – When a couple separates, the issue of who keeps the pets can be difficult and heart-wrenching. After all, pets are precious. Rover isn’t just a dog. He’s a best friend, constant companion, exercise buddy and even a confidante.  There’s no way to put a dollar value on his worth. So…

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WHEN CAN A CHILD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR A CRIME?

– By Henry James – When can a child be found criminally responsible for a crime? It’s a discussion that crops up every now and again, usually in fairly unpleasant circumstances. Take, for example, the terrible British case in which toddler James Bulger was lured away from a shopping centre by two children aged ten,…

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SUPERANNUATION AND SEVERE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP

– By Andrew Carpenter – Sometimes, when life gives you lemons, it’s difficult to see how you can make lemonade. For example, if you are experiencing severe financial hardship, you can be so flat out trying to put food on the table that you have no idea how you’ll pay the next bill. And if…