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The financial aspects of a divorce

A preliminary guide to common issues asked by couples who are separating. The act of leaving a spouse is always difficult.  And almost always the financial aspect of the separation is a key discussion point. We have detailed a few financial and tax related things to go over for couples who are intending, or who… Continue reading The financial aspects of a divorce

What to consider before signing a personal guarantee

By Westcourt Blogger Personal guarantees are a standard business practice in commercial transactions, however, they are often misunderstood and can pose significant financial risks. A personal guarantee is an agreement of one party to answer for the debt, default or miscarriage of another. Director guarantees are a common type of guarantee, where the director of… Continue reading What to consider before signing a personal guarantee

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Separation and super

By Westcourt Blogger Since superannuation forms one of a couple’s biggest assets, splitting superannuation after a separation can be a complex process. Superannuation is treated as property under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth). Once a relationship ends, superannuation can either by split by agreement or court order. Generally, parties will try to negotiate an… Continue reading Separation and super

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Intellectual property law basics

By Westcourt Blogger While intellectual property can be a valuable business asset for business owners, it must be legally protected if a business owner wants to increase the value of their business. Intellectual property can add further value to a business when it is sold. Intellectual property is the collection of ideas and creations of… Continue reading Intellectual property law basics

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New high income threshold

By Westcourt Blogger The Fair Work Commission has increased the high income threshold for unfair dismissals from $136,700 to $138,900 per annum, with effect from 1 July 2016. Under the Fair Work Act 2009, employees who exceed earnings above the high income threshold are not entitled to make an unfair dismissal claim against their employer,… Continue reading New high income threshold

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Five reasons to write a Will

By Westcourt Blogger Those who don’t have a valid Will are overlooking a significant opportunity to plan for their family’s future. Writing a Will can help when distributing assets upon death, choosing executors, setting out funeral arrangements and even appointing guardians for infant children. While many Australians already have a Will, a number of those… Continue reading Five reasons to write a Will

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