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Jun 14, 2016 – How often have you been asked to do a simple legal job for a family member, a friend or acquaintance? You know how it goes – someone says “You’re a lawyer – can you just have a look at this for me [or Uncle Fred or whoever]? It’s not a big deal –
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Jul 8, 2019 – Courts Administration Authority directory of SA Court Rules, Forms and Fees.
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Sep 25, 2009 – The Internet has transformed so much of our daily lives - from communications to news, information, recreation and entertainment. The latest revolution in Internet use is cloud computing.
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Feb 1, 2018 – When negotiating settlements always specifically advert to whether or not your negotiations result in an agreement which is immediately binding. "Did you settle?” ask your colleagues expectantly when you return from Court. Most of the time
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Mar 25, 2013 – There has been another wave of attempts to elicit funds from trust accounts operated by legal practitioners. These attempts are nothing new to the Society and are on the increase.
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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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Jul 25, 2014 – The provision contained in the Legal Practitioners (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 1981 and the Legal Practitioners Regulations 2014 dame into force on 1 July 2014. Those provisions include new requirements for withdrawing money from trust on account o
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Feb 16, 2016 – The unstoppable expansion of the use of electronic methods of communication has had, and will continue to have, many ramifications for the community generally and for legal practice in particular. A recent, high-profile example of this is the decis
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Jun 30, 2012 – Lawyers should check their retainer agreements to ensure that they do not contain provisions which breach the "no profit rule".
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Apr 16, 2012 – On 8 March, 2012 the Full Court (Justices Gray, Kourakis and Blue) unanimously dismissed an appeal from a decision of a Judge of the District Court refusing an application by the plaintiff for solicitor/client costs and interest on costs from the beg
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May 19, 2016 – Don’t get caught out by fraudsters. Make sure that all your internal systems – including IT systems – are robust and up to date.
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Jul 25, 2013 – As a part of the trust account inspection process, legal practitioners are asked to provide Professional Standards with a copy of their solicitor/client agreement.
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Dec 6, 2016 – In the April 2015 edition of the Bulletin, I talked about how complaints could be dealt with through conciliation. I also highlighted our then recently introduced "assisted enquiry resolution" process.
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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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Sep 30, 2015 – Protection of client confidentiality is one of the cornerstones of the practitioner/client relationship. However sometimes practitioners are faced with situations where they may have to consider breaching that confidentiality.
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Oct 1, 2015 – As practitioners would be well aware, the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (“the Act”) allows persons in, or contemplating a marriage or a defacto relationship to enter into agreements providing for the distribution of their assets in the event of the brea
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May 30, 2016 – About five years ago I was having a weekend lunch with friends. We were joined by a criminal barrister, a woman who is normally bright and effusive. On this occasion she was reflective and sombre. Even worse, as the lunch wore on she began to exhibit
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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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Jul 8, 2019 – What authorises practitioners to witness documents and what is the proper way for them to witness documents?
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Jul 8, 2019 – Website with an index of South Australian Acts, Regulations & Rules, Policies, Proclamations & Notices, and Bills
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Oct 16, 2016 – The importance of making file notes is an oft-repeated topic in the Bulletin, yet Law Claims still regularly encounters difficulties in defending practitioners because critical advice provided to clients is not able to be proved to have been given du
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May 16, 2016 – What is mindfulness? Jon Kabit-Zinn, founding Executive Director of the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, defined mindfulness as "Paying attention in a particular way, on p
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Mar 16, 2012 – Just as particular terms of the agreement may require additional disclosure to the client, peculiarities of the client may require additional disclosure. If a client is illiterate or does not understand English, they will obviously not be procedurall
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Feb 1, 2016 – Firms, big or small, have mental health on their agenda. The statistics does not allow it to be off the agenda, the Mental Health Commission reports that one in four adults will suffer from mental health or neurological disorders during their lifespa
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Nov 1, 2012 – Fee disputes are more often than not a trigger for a professional negligence claim brought against practitioners. Typically, the practitioner sues the client for unpaid fees and is then met with a claim/ allegation of professional negligence. I