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Strata Titles Amendments – Leasehold Strata Schemes

FREEHOLD AND LEASEHOLD SCHEMES We all know about Freehold Strata Schemes. Each lot in a freehold strata scheme is a separate lot with a separate title and the common property is managed by a Strata Company, with some exceptions. A leasehold scheme, on the other hand, is something new (in WA). In a nutshell, a...
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What does it take to draft a Will?

I am often asked to quote the cost of preparation of a Will. I am happy to fix my fees but I always seem to have to play a game of “limbo”…..how low can you go……. A few days ago I “quoted” $550 for two wills for an elderly couple. I have not heard from...
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Ipso Facto Clauses and Leases

A lot has been written in the recent past about the new laws affecting ipso facto provisions in contracts. A useful starting point with any new legislation is the explanatory memorandum which accompanies the Bill that goes through Parliament to explain what the new law is all about. Broadly, the new law is designed to...
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Repudiation and Misunderstandings

When a misunderstanding is not a repudiation. What is repudiation? In a contract, for example for the purchase of a property, one party (A) says or does something that indicates that he/she will not perform the contract or is no longer obliged to perform the contract. Party (B), takes that as a repudiation or renunciation...
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Shifting the Obligation for GST

SHIFTING THE OBLIGATION FOR GST PAYMENT TREASURY LAWS AMENDMENT (2018 MEASURES NO.1) ACT 2018 (“ACT”) IN BRIEF The GST laws have been amended to require buyers of certain types of property to withhold the GST payable by the vendor. This new requirement takes effect from 1 July 2018 and applies to any contract of purchase...
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