How to Find a Good Property Lawyer

When it comes to property transactions, whether you are buying your new dream home or investing in real estate, the importance of a good property lawyer cannot be encouraged enough. They make sure you are making the right investment decisions and that your investment is safe, secure, and legally sound. Based on the expert advice from the professionals at Rowe Bristol Lawyers, here’s a guide to finding a property lawyer who will guide through the legalities of selling or buying property.

Understanding the Role of a Property Lawyer

Firstly, let’s clarify what a property lawyer actually does. They handle all the legal aspects of buying, selling, or managing property, this includes preparing and reviewing contracts and making sure that the transaction complies with the local laws in your area. They safeguard you against potential legal loopholes you may miss when reading your agreements and a helping hand in making the right decisions moving forward.

Start with Research

  • Personal Recommendations: Often, the best leads come from friends or family who have had a positive experience with a property lawyer.
  • Online Reviews and Testimonials: Websites and social media platforms can provide insights into a lawyer’s reputation, previous work and client satisfaction.
  • Professional Directories: Legal directories offer lists of qualified lawyers, often with ratings and reviews.

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The Options For Drug Law Reform In Australia

Many of the people that are currently in a residential drug rehab facility have arrived there as a result of the criminal justice system and, specifically, a court decided that, based on the circumstances of that individual, a stay in drug rehab would be more beneficial than sending them to prison. The fact that a person is addicted to drugs rather than someone who supplies or manufactures them illegally makes a huge difference.

Whilst the court sending them to drug rehab rather than prison is rightly seen as a more enlightened approach, many feel strongly that the criminal justice in Australia and specifically the law related to drugs is not fit for purpose and needs a radical rethink and subsequent overhaul.

From the outset, one of the problems with changes to the laws relating to drug use is that there are people with a vast array of different views, solutions, and ideas, and so there is no single approach from those who wish to see change. Weigh that up against those who oppose changes to drug laws, of which there are many, and you can see why any changes happening are not going to occur without a long and serious debate.

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Why You Should Know The Differences Between A Consent Order And A Binding Financial Agreement

Anyone going through a divorce has to contend with many issues, and invariably one of them is trying to understand all the legal jargon. For this reason, it is little wonder why most divorcing couples elect to have family lawyers represent them, who, presumably, know what all the terminology that exists within Australian family law means.

Some of the biggest confusions relate to the formal agreements and orders that exist within divorce law. Two of the primary ones are Consent Orders and Binding Financial Garments (BFAs) These confusions range from thinking they both have the same legal standing through to not having a clue what either of them is. Again, it is why family lawyers are there to help, and we want to help too, so keep reading and we will outline the differences between Consent Orders and BFAs.

What Are Consent Orders?

Family Court Consent Orders will comprise two separate documents which are sent to the Family Court. One will be the application and the other will be the minute of order. The latter will outline the salient points that have been agreed to by the two parties. The agreement will relate to the property settlement and will detail all the couple’s assets and liabilities plus what they agreed to, relating to the division of property. Parenting arrangements may also be included.

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Why You May Be Stopped Taking Your Children Abroad After Divorce

Most of us might take for granted taking our children abroad for holidays, not withstanding pandemics and travel restrictions making it a lot more difficult than normal sometimes. However, family lawyers are often needed due to a parent being confronted with a scenario that they are being stopped from taking their child or children overseas.

The legal position for divorced parents with children makes taking them abroad, more than a case of grabbing their passports and flying off to countries around the globe. It can be a situation which needs to be dealt with correctly, otherwise, not only will those overseas trips with their children not happen, a parent could end up in serious trouble if they attempt them, contrary to any court orders.

In the vast majority of divorces, parents are given joint responsibility for the children, and whilst they may live permanently with one of those parents, the other has as many rights with regards to overseeing their health, education, and well-being.

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5 Types of Assault Offences And Their Definitions

When the word ‘assault’ is used to describe an offence, it is normally used as a general term. The reason we say that is there are actually several specific offences of assault, and criminal lawyers are likely to be required to represent someone charged with any one of them.

As a general definition of assault, it is normally regarded as touching, striking, moving, or applying force to someone. This can be done indirectly or directly, and it has to occur, either without the consent of the victim, or in a situation where consent was given, but was obtained fraudulently.

One error people make when thinking about the offence of assault is that they assume that physical harm must have been caused to the victim. Merely threatening assault or being capable of carrying out assault is sufficient for a crime to occur.

In situations where assault has occurred domestically, where a child was present, the person assaulted was over 60, there is racial motivation for the assault or the assault broke the terms of a restraining order, this is classed as aggravated assault.

As we mentioned there are different categories of assault which are each classed as crimes in their own right, so let us explore them in more detail.

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The Law Relating To The Police’s Powers To Search Your Property For Suspected Drug Crimes

If you use drugs and take the risk of keeping those drugs in your possession regularly, then the chances are that, at some stage, you will be stopped by the police. Even if you claim to be in a drug rehab program and are trying to get off drugs, it is unlikely to cut you any slack from the police, who may arrest you for possession of drugs or, if they suspect you intended to sell them, with the supply of drugs.

When you are arrested for a crime, including for a crime related to the possession of drugs, there are several actions that the police can take as part of their investigation. One of those is likely to be searches of your property, person, or both. When you use the term property, that can mean your home, your business premises, if you own them, or your vehicle.

Whether they wish to search your property or person, the police may ask you for permission, although they are not always obliged to do so. If you give them consent, it might be the case that once you have spoken to your lawyer, they advise you to withdraw your consent, which is permissible at any time.

You should be aware that even if you do withdraw your consent, there are certain circumstances where the police will still have the right to search for your property or your person.

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Top Tips to Get the Most Out of a Separation

As sad as it is, the simple statistics show that more than one in three Australian marriages end in divorce. In many cases, these divorces come with long, complicated court proceedings dealing with asset division, child custody, and various other things.

Hiring a family lawyer will help you get the most out of your separation. If you’ve worked hard to acquire your belongings, you shouldn’t just give them up without at least some sort of fight.

Below, we’ve listed a selection of tips to help you get the most out of your separation, despite it being an unpleasant, time-consuming experience.

Choose Your Lawyer Carefully

If you want to ensure you get a fair settlement, it’s extremely important to use a high-quality family lawyer with experience in divorce and separation cases. Doing this will help make sure you get the results you expect.

As I’m sure you can imagine, qualified family lawyers will be familiar with the entire divorce and/or separation process. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action, helping you develop a long-term game plan to ensure you get the settlement you deserve.

Think of Your Ex-Partner as a Business Connection

It’s extremely important to ensure you’re professional and careful about what you say and do when you’re working through a separation. One solid tip of experts from mediation services, is to treat your ex like you would a business colleague or an important connection.

Ultimately, you want to portray yourself as the better person here to ensure you’re treated fairly in the family court.

Keep Your Documents in Order

Various different documents can play a huge role in determining the outcome or a divorce or separation case. It’s therefore extremely important to ensure you’re in control of your paperwork.

There are numerous things you should think about getting together as soon as divorce proceedings become a reality. Try to get hard copies of bank statements, tax returns, and any other major legal and/or financial documents you can think of.

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Five Tips for Choosing the Best Divorce Lawyer

If you’re ever unlucky enough to have to go through a serious separation, you will likely need to hire top quality family lawyers. They will be able to guide you through the separation process, dealing with your legal obligations and advising you on the best course of action throughout.

However, it’s important to realise that not every divorce lawyer is equal. Although there are plenty of options out there, you need to do your research to ensure you’re always covered by the best legal advice and counsel.

In this article, we’ve outlined our top five best tips for choosing the right divorce lawyer for your needs. These include:

  1. Create a Shortlist

The first thing you should do on your search for the best divorce lawyer is create a shortlist of potential candidates. Spend some time doing research online, read reviews, and speak with friends and family to see if they have any recommendations.

Then, take the most likely candidates and list their firm and phone number. You will be using this list for future reference.

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5 Tips for making an Unfair Dismissal Claim in Australia

If you’re an Australian who feels like you’ve been fired without good reason, you may be able to make an unfair dismissal claim with the Fair Work Commission. In general, an unfair dismissal occurs when you’re fired without warning or reason, when you’re fired due to something unrelated to your job or workplace, or when you’re fired due to performance issues without being given an opportunity to resolve the problem.

However, making a claim can be slightly complicated, which means you need to be as prepared as possible before you start. In the rest of this article, we’ve covered our top five tips to maximise your chances of a successful claim.

  1. Speak to a Legal Professional

Generally, the first thing you should do is determine whether you have a strong case or not by speaking with a legal professional. Free legal advice is provided to eligible people through the Fair Work Australia website. Alternatively, you could speak to an experienced employment lawyer.

  1. Be Prepared to Settle

The vast majority of unfair dismissal claims in Australia are settled out of court, which means you should be prepared to negotiate with your former employer. Out of court settlements can include:

  • Financial payouts.
  • Reinstatement to your former position.
  • The return of property or other belongings.

Anything else you and your former employer agree on.

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5 Things To Consider Before Getting Married

The legalities of marriage can be complicated and confusing, and it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re aware of your obligations before you commit to any relationship. I’d recommend speaking with a good lawyers, such as Family Lawyers Perth, to make sure that you know just what’s required of you.

To help you get an idea about some of the things you need to think about, I’ve put together this list of the top five things to consider – in a legal sense – before getting married. As always, this isn’t and shouldn’t be treated as legal advice. Make sure that you do your own research before making any major decisions.

  1. Prenuptial agreements

Although some people won’t even consider prenuptial agreements, I’d recommend at least touching on the subject with your partner.

A prenuptial agreement basically allows you and your partner to keep your finances separated to some extent, which makes things easier in the case of a divorce or separation.

You should definitely consider a prenuptial agreement if one partner is entering the relationship with significantly more assets than the other.

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