Who’s got the power? Why you should set up Enduring Powers of Attorney

Enduring Powers of Attorney let you decide who can make decisions about you and your property if you can’t make those decisions due to illness or injury.… Read More

De facto relationships – what does “living together as a couple” actually mean?

If you live with someone as a couple for three years, if the relationship ends, then any property involved is divided equally – but what exactly is “living together as a couple”? And if your relationship ends, what happens to your stuff?… Read More

Gifting: about more than what we give at Christmas time

If you live with someone as a couple for three years, if the relationship ends, then any property involved is divided equally – but what exactly is “living together as a couple”? And if your relationship ends, what happens to your stuff?… Read More

What happens to your debt when you die?

Does your debt disappear when you die, or are your family obliged to pay your debts when you pass away?… Read More

Are you really prepared to give that guarantee?

Before giving a guarantee, whether it is for your children or your business, it pays to understand the worst case scenario.… Read More

Do I need a relationship property or contracting out agreement?

Most of us would agree that when you have been in a relationship for a long time, had children together and worked together to build up assets for the family, the equal sharing regime put in place by the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 makes sense.… Read More

Relationship property division – how times have changed

When the Property (Relationships) Act was introduced in 2001 it was heralded by some as the start of a new era in family law.… Read More

Are we de facto partners or just friends with benefits?

There are those who are quite content having their relationship within the realms of the casual who may be shocked to hear that it has, in fact, become a relationship that may be recognised as de facto.… Read More

Can a family trust help me protect my property in the event of a relationship breakdown?

Whether a trust will provide you with protection in this situation will depend largely on timing. A trust is an ideal structure to protect assets acquired before or in the early stages of a relationship.… Read More