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Apr 19, 2018 – A collection of Ethics Guidelines, publications and resources.
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Nov 6, 2016 – The recent decisions of his Honour Justice Stanley of In the Estate of Istvan Molnar [2016] SASC 55 and In the Estate of Istvan Molnar (No. 2) [2016] SASC 159 provide much food for thought for practitioners who draft wills and act as executors, as el
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Aug 6, 2015 – We all like to think that the law is sensible, commercial and prefers substance over form but details do matter in the practice of the law.
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May 14, 2013 – Lawyers are trained to be effective researchers, writers and representatives of their clients. Lawyers tend to operate somewhat independently and often have difficulty in delegating work to others. Rarely do lawyers receive training on how to super
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May 14, 2010 – What do you do in the situation whereby police investigating an alleged crime contact a legal practitioner and seek information from him or her relating to legal services and advice previously provided to a client? What follows below is advice expl
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Jun 6, 2012 – Claims arising from wills and estate work appear to be on the rise in Law Claims. This area ranks fourth highest of the total notifications received in the last policy year.
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Sep 14, 2010 – Law Claims has received a number of enquiries relating to the storage and retention of clients’ files. We have also received notifications of potential claims against practitioners arising out of the inadvertent destruction of files which should h
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May 6, 2014 – Findings by the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal and the Supreme Court have highlighted the need for practitioners to be scrupulously observant of their obligations when administering oaths.
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Jun 14, 2010 – All practitioners practicing in Family Law should be aware of the time limits arising from the Domestic Partners Property Acti and the strict requirements of Binding Financial Agreements made pursuant to the Family Law Act. ii Those claims can be ea
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Apr 6, 2014 – Many complaints and claims against legal practitioners can be attributed in part to poor communication between the lawyer and client.
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Feb 16, 2015 – The necessity to make and keep proper files of instructions received and advice given is a message that is often made in these pages, and for very good reason; it is an important part of legal practice.
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Jun 16, 2015 – Lawyers engaged in conveyancing matters need to consider using caveats to protect their clients’ interests whenever there is a risk of another party seeking to enforce competing rights.
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Sep 7, 2018 – Bulletin Article, September 2018: An emerging part of the ongoing digital revolution is the availability of digital passes and licences.
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Nov 6, 2018 – The High Court case of Thorne v Kennedy has put a question mark over the validity of Binding Financial Agreements. Over the next four pages, Jeremy Culshaw and Ryan Thomas provide guidance to lawyers on navigating this uncertain new landscape.
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Nov 6, 2018 – The High Court case of Thorne v Kennedy has put a question mark over the validity of Binding Financial Agreements. Over the next four pages, Jeremy Culshaw and Ryan Thomas provide guidance to lawyers on navigating this uncertain new landscape.
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Jul 1, 2018 – One of the fundamental duties of the legal personal representative of a deceased person is to get in the assets of the deceased. The assets may include, for example, monies on deposit with banks, monies lent by the deceased to third parties, and inte
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Nov 14, 2009 – At some stage in our practising lives we all have had an approach from a relative or friend who needs “a little legal advice”. There are inherent problems involved when acting for friends or relatives which in turn increase your risk of a negligen
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Feb 6, 2012 – Consent to treatment is a fundamental legal and ethical obligation that reflects patient autonomy and involves four issues: voluntariness, information, competence to consent, and requirements that the person conducting the treatment obtains the conse
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Jul 16, 2014 – Law Claims has recently received a number of notifications in relation to consent orders in the Family Court dealing with superannuation entitlements. Below are some examples of these types of claims:
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Oct 14, 2012 – The tremendous pressures of legal practice can be overwhelming at times, and for a sole practitioner, who is faced with many responsibilities, particularly non-legal ones, ‘client’ screening is fundamental. The ability to decline and say “no” to a
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Dec 6, 2017 – The giving of undertakings by practitioners gives rise to many vexed questions concerning both risk and conduct issues.
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Nov 6, 2018 – What authorises practitioners to witness documents and what is the proper way for them to witness documents?
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Nov 6, 2015 – Rules 4 and 4 of the Australian Solicitors' Conduct Rules set out the paramount duty of solicitors to the Court and the administration of justice and other fundamental duties. It is often challenging to maintain these obligations with dealing with 'd
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May 14, 2011 – Do you identify and verify the identity of your clients when you are initially retained to provide legal services? Technology has changed the way we communicate and we need to manage the risks in today’s technological world in which we practice. V
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Feb 14, 2013 – At Law Claims we have the benefit of 20/20 vision of hindsight. We deal with files where there is a notification from a lawyer of a claim or potential claim. Often we see a recurrent trend and need to remind lawyers to be vigilant and not to fall i