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SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LAW

SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LAW Tue, 10 Sep 19
With the ever-increasing reach of social media and the rise of ‘’influencers’’, it is unsurprising that there is also a large number of disputes about the ownership of content (written work, photography, images, graphics etc) and many people are unaware of copyright and/or trademark issues, including the possibility of being on the receiving end of an action for copyright or trademark infringement.

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IF YOU DIE BEFORE YOUR SPOUSE - IS YOUR CHILDREN'S INHERITANCE PROTECTED?

IF YOU DIE BEFORE YOUR SPOUSE - IS YOUR CHILDREN'S INHERITANCE PROTECTED? Tue, 10 Sep 19
Following on from last month’s article regarding mutual/mirror wills, our Gold Coast lawyers wanted to drill down and provide some further information in this area, so that our clients have a better understanding of the process, and what can (and often does) go wrong when proper and thorough estate planning is not carried out.

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WINNING LOTTO...AND THEN HAVING TO SHARE IT WITH YOUR EX-SPOUSE

WINNING LOTTO...AND THEN HAVING TO SHARE IT WITH YOUR EX-SPOUSE Thu, 25 Jul 19
A recent American case has made headlines with a Court determining that a man’s $30 million lottery win was to be split, and $15 million was to be paid to his ex-wife, despite the parties having been separated for over two years prior to his win. Although they had been separated for over two years, they were in the middle of divorce proceedings when Mr Zelaskos winning numbers came up, and as a result the Court considered that the ticket was purchased with marital money, was a joint investment and thus, the windfall was marital property.

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THE PROPERTY SETTLEMENT PROCESS IN AUSTRALIA

THE PROPERTY SETTLEMENT PROCESS IN AUSTRALIA Thu, 25 Jul 19
At Affinity Family Lawyers, we are all too aware that separation from a husband/wife or long term de facto partner can be one of the most stressful and traumatic events in a person’s life. It can also be one of the most confusing times in a person’s life, especially if the only experience someone has had of the family law system and the process is by hearing their friends or family talk about their own experiences, which are more than likely tainted with that persons own misgivings, and opinions on the system, and which may or may not even apply to you, your matter or your particular circumstances.

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MIRROR WILLS & MUTUAL WILLS - WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

MIRROR WILLS & MUTUAL WILLS - WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? Thu, 25 Jul 19
Many people are proactive when it comes to their estate planning matters, and make sure that they have a current and valid will which documents their intentions upon their passing. Couples who are in a relationship and who have children often choose to have their wills drafted to leave everything to each other, and if they do not survive each other, then to their children. This is generally termed a mirror will.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF A CURRENT WILL

THE IMPORTANCE OF A CURRENT WILL Thu, 20 Jun 19
A recent decision of the Supreme Court of Queensland has highlighted the importance of firstly, having a valid will, and secondly, understanding the correct way to have your will updated if you change your mind about the contents of your will, including changes to any beneficiaries.

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