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Have you planned for the new Queensland Planning Act 2016?

The new Planning Act 2016 comes into effect on 3 July 2017 and establishes a new planning framework and overarching policy for land use planning within Queensland. Understand how the new legislation changes the current planning system and how it will impact development outcomes throughout the state.

What happens to your superannuation fund when you die?

Your superannuation fund is often one of your largest assets. Therefore, it is important to understand what happens to your superannuation benefits when you die and how you can ensure that it is dealt with in accordance with your wishes in the event of your death.

Recent Changes to Restrictive Trade Practices and Price Fixing

The recent decision of the High Court in the case, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd [2016] HCA 49, has qualified the application of restrictive trade practices in relation to agency arrangements and confirmed that a principal and agent may be considered competitors in certain circumstances.

The Role of an Executor

An executor plays an important role in carrying out the wishes of a person after they die. Executing a will can be a complicated process so it is important to understand the duties and obligations that the role entails.

Understanding the Process of Voluntary Administration

In the post-GFC environment, pressure remains on businesses to maintain liquidity and compete. However sometimes despite their best efforts, company directors have to make the hard decision to place their company into voluntary administration.

Getting paid under a commercial construction contract in Queensland

The Building and Construction Industry Payments Act regulates payments and payment disputes for all commercial construction contracts in Queensland. To gain protection under the Act and ensure you receive payment for work undertaken, you must adhere strictly to the Act’s provisions and procedures.

Can you enforce an unsigned contract?

In certain circumstances a contract will be legally enforceable despite not having been signed by one or more of the parties to the contract. It is important to understand your rights and obligations under a contract and when a legally binding agreement has been reached.