Insolvency Reforms: for better or for worse?

On 24 September 2020, the Australian Federal Government announced what it called the most significant reforms to Australia's insolvency framework in over 30 years. "The reforms, which draw on key features from Chapter 11 of the...

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COVID-19 Omnibus Regulations – Electronic signing of documents

The COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Electronic Signing and Witnessing) Regulations 2020 were introduced on 11 May 2020 and can be accessed here. These were issued following the introduction of the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergenc...

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EU Succession Regulation (EU 650/2012) – Relevance for Australian Estate Planning

If you own property in a member state of the European Union or if you are a citizen of an EU member state, then you must consider the EU succession 650/2012 regulation when making your estate plan to ensure your assets are protect...

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Bushfire Recovery and How We Can Help

The principals and staff at Hunt & Hunt are deeply saddened by the bushfires that have caused massive destruction across parts of our country.  Our thoughts are with those who live and work in the devastated areas, and with t...

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Succession Law Update – Part IV claims and the meaning of ‘dependent’

The Supreme Court of Victoria has finally provided its written reasons in the matter of Veniou v Equity Trustees Limited [2018] VSC 832, nearly a year after its initial decision to dismiss the matter. The decision is a landmark...

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Deceased Estates: Can I sell two years later and not pay Capital Gains Tax?

If you are the executor or beneficiary of an estate and you are struggling to sell the deceased's main residence for reasons out of your control, then the Australian Taxation Office ("ATO") Practical Compliance Guideline PCG 2019/...

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