Stamp Duty - The Most Loathed Tax in NSW

Stamp Duty - The Most Loathed Tax in NSW

Purchasing a property is costly enough without adding the Government stamp duty to the costs involved.
Final Hearings Affected by COVID-19

Final Hearings Affected by COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court has closed to the public and has implemented a number of measures in line with the government restrictions to still continue operating as an essential service.
Family Court Fast Tracking Cases Affected by COVID-19

Family Court Fast Tracking Cases Affected by COVID-19

The Family Court has recently implemented a special list for matters specifically in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic for a period of three months.
The Pressure that a Lockdown Can Place on a Relationship

The Pressure that a Lockdown Can Place on a Relationship

The current period of lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has presented many concerns about job security, finances, social connections and the uncertainty for the future.
COVID-19 - NSW Real Estate & Property Inspection Update

COVID-19 - NSW Real Estate & Property Inspection Update

After 6 weeks of abiding by the restrictions that were put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which changed the way we view properties listed for sale and bid at auctions, the NSW Government has given the green light to those restrictions.
Online Will and Estate Planning Appointments

Online Will and Estate Planning Appointments

COVID-19 (coronavirus) is having a significant impact on everyone’s lives. Our community is concerned and feeling uncertain about what the future holds and how we will all fare in this situation.
How is COVID-19 Affecting Buying and Selling Property?

How is COVID-19 Affecting Buying and Selling Property?

Our Conveyancing team have had lots of questions recently from our clients who are looking to purchase a property or who have their property on the market, all wondering how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect their property transactions.
Essential Travel During COVID-19

Essential Travel During COVID-19

In the midst of the unprecedented chaos of the COVID-19 world as we know it, recent changes to legislation has increased the powers of NSW Police in dealing with citizens and enforcing public health directions made by the State Government.
Parenting Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

Parenting Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

It is undeniable that COVID-19 is having an enormous impact on not only Australia in terms of medical and economic impacts, but also on families themselves.
Death of a Party During Separation

Death of a Party During Separation

Recently, a friend of Family Focus Legal had a question for Rebekah – what happens when someone dies in the middle of a separation?
Domestic Violence and Cross-Examination in the Family Court

Domestic Violence and Cross-Examination in the Family Court

Recently, the Family Law Act has been amended to provide further protection to victims of domestic violence during cross-examination in Court.
Domestic Violence and Changing your Lease Agreement

Domestic Violence and Changing your Lease Agreement

On 28 February 2019, changes were made to the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 in relation to Tenants in circumstances of domestic violence.
Co-Parenting and Communication Apps

Co-Parenting and Communication Apps

Technology is helping co-parenting families to communicate in a more healthy and conflict free way than ever before.
Do I Need to See a Lawyer to Help with an Estate?

Do I Need to See a Lawyer to Help with an Estate?

Being an Executor or Administrator of an Estate can be a confusing or stressful experience, especially when you have just lost someone that you care deeply about. It’s not always necessary to see a Solicitor, but sometimes this is the easiest way forward.
Electrical Inspections for New Home Purchases

Electrical Inspections for New Home Purchases

How do you know if the home you are purchasing has electrical faults?
Surrogacy of Children

Surrogacy of Children

Kim and Kanye have done it, so has Sarah Jessica Parker and Neil Patrick Harris. Surrogacy of children is by no means a new concept, but it is something that has never been considered mainstream in Australia.
PEXA and online Conveyancing & Settlements

PEXA and online Conveyancing & Settlements

Our Conveyancing Team here at Family Focus Legal are all registered members of PEXA (Property Exchange Australia). Pexa was created to provide a national online solution for Conveyancing transactions.
Buying land with the intention to build

Buying land with the intention to build

If you are buying vacant land with the intention of constructing a dwelling, we recommend that a soil test be carried out prior to purchasing the land, provided the vendor does not have a recent report to provide you. 
Do I Need a Pre-Nup?

Do I Need a Pre-Nup?

The majority of couples now reside together prior to marriage. It may be worthwhile thinking about legalities of doing so.
Conveyancing and Land Tax

Conveyancing and Land Tax

Selling or buying a property? Have you been advised about Land Tax?
Selling your house with a pool? Do you know your responsibilities?

Selling your house with a pool? Do you know your responsibilities?

Are you the owner of a residential property in NSW with a swimming pool or spa which is capable of being filled with water to a depth of 30cm or greater?
3 tips for Building a Budget now you are Divorced, Author Clarissa Rayward

3 tips for Building a Budget now you are Divorced, Author Clarissa Rayward

When it comes to divorce, family finances are usually stretched. The resources that were supporting one household will now need to support two and basic maths tells us that this will mean some changes will need to be made.....
The DIY Will Kit: to use or not to use?

The DIY Will Kit: to use or not to use?

One question we are asked a lot is whether you should see a Solicitor to have your Will completed or if you can use a Will Kit you would purchase from a Post Office or online.....
5 things to do after Separation

5 things to do after Separation

Separation and the ending of your relationship is one of the hardest and most tolling experiences that you can endure through your life. We're put together a list of 5 things to do after separating from partner.
Do I need to see a lawyer?

Do I need to see a lawyer?

Not all relationship separations meet the stereotype of fire and brimstone endings. Some separations occur where two people simply decide the relationship is no longer working and resolve to go their separate ways.