Buying a Home

The Real Cost of Buying a Home in WA

When looking for a home to purchase, most people look at the sale price to ensure the home is within their budget. But property lawyers will tell you that there are many other costs to consider as well. If you’ve never bought property before you may not be aware of these costs and finding out later will mean your budget may be shot to pieces.

Here is a list of the other costs you are likely to meet along the road to your first home.

  • The deposit, although not an extra cost, will be required up front before the remainder of the price. If you decide not to go ahead with the purchase, you’ll lose it, so be sure before you pay up. It is usually about 10% of the purchase price of the home, but if you can afford to put down 20% you may get a better deal on the loan.
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Property Settlement

Worried about your Rightful Entitlement?

Legal Settlement of Property after Divorce under Australian Law

During marriage, spouses usually share a common pool of assets and resources that is collectively known as ‘property’. Family Lawyers Perth will explain that the process of divorce has far-reaching financial implications for both partners. If one or both partners own property individually, jointly or along with others, either party is entitled to request a property settlement from the other. The objective of the Australian property settlement law is to ensure fair distribution of property after separation and divorce.

In fact, property settlement laws not only govern marriage but also ‘de facto’ relationships, i.e., couples who live together on a domestic basis. In Australia, the Family Law Act of 1975 determines property settlement after divorce or separation. Property, in general, may include assets and resources that are owned or controlled by either one of the partners. Thus, property may include:

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Divorce Proceeding

Representing Yourself in a Divorce Proceeding

The worst has happened and you find yourself served with divorce papers… what should you do?  Family Lawyers can be expensive, and you’re not sure how high the bill might go.  Should you hire a lawyer, or should you try to navigate the ins and outs of family court on your own?

The answer might surprise you because handling your own divorce is sometimes the right thing to do.  Remember, I said ‘sometimes’.

Family law courts see thousands of cases a year, and handle divorces of all shapes and sizes. Most of them are prepared for you; relatively inexperienced, hardworking people who just want to make it through the proceeding with as few scars as possible.  Most jurisdictions have forms on-line that can walk you through the step-by-step procedures of what documents to file, how to respond to the opposing side, and some even waive filing fees if you meet the income requirements.  Simply search for: ‘[your county name] divorce forms’ and you’ll find them.

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Traffic Infringement

Taking A Traffic Infringement To Court In Australia

Traffic infringements can be annoying things, especially if you feel that you didn’t deserve the penalty that you got. Perhaps you got booked for something that you didn’t think that you were doing, or perhaps you feel that the penalty for your offence was overly harsh. Whatever your situation, decent criminal lawyers can help you get around your traffic infringements. Unfortunately, this usually means that you have to go to court to have your case heard.

What are your rights?

As a citizen of Australia, you have the right to challenge any traffic infringement – be it a speeding fine, a parking ticket, or even a drink driving charge – in a court of law. Although you can go into a court without a lawyer supporting you, the chances of winning your case will be strengthened if you employ a high-quality criminal lawyer.

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Buying a Home

Nine Tips For Making A Watertight Business Agreement

Strong business agreements are extremely important, especially if you are in charge of creating them. There are many things that you can do to make it easier to draft an effective agreement, but one of the most important is to consult experienced commercial lawyers. Below are 9  top tips for creating a watertight business agreement:

  1. Talk to a professional

Again, the most important thing that you can do is talk to a professional commercial lawyer. They will make sure that you have all the legalities sorted out, which will protect you from problems in the future.

  1. Discuss the agreement with both parties

If you are in charge of drafting the business agreement, make sure that you talk to representatives from both (or all) parties involved. This will allow you to get an idea of their expectations, and will help you get started.

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