Legal Resources

Business Law

Is your company set up for success?

Follow the steps in this guide for an efficient way to navigate the company set up process. Incorrect details during registration, however, can lead to costly and time-consuming corrections.
When

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Will and Estate Law

When do you need to make a new will?

Personal estate planning is an evolving process. It is very rare for our circumstances to remain static throughout our lifetime, which means that just making a will is not enough

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Commercial Property Law

Caveats

One of the more misunderstood features of Queensland’s title system are caveats. We often receive queries from clients asking whether they can register a caveat over the property of someone

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Will and Estate Law

Informal Wills in Queensland

In an ideal world, we would all be up to date with our planning, including our estate planning. Unfortunately, studies show that a large proportion of Australian adults do

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Will and Estate Law

News round up – Estate Planning

Recent national news stories have put the issue of estate planning into the spotlight. These articles highlight generally the critical importance of appropriate estate planning for Australian adults of

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Commercial Law

Independent Advice Certificate

It is becoming increasingly common for banks and other lenders to require borrowers or guarantors to obtain independent legal advice about their rights and obligations. Generally, these lenders will

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Commercial Law

Director’s Liability

Company directors have a wide range of duties and obligations, and the breach of one or more of these can result in a director’s liability for company debts. As

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Commercial Law

Shareholders’ Agreements

A shareholders’ agreement is an agreement that governs the relationship between a company, its shareholders and other key people. A shareholders’ agreement shouldn’t be an ‘off the shelf’ product,

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Will and Estate Law

Who controls a Discretionary Trust?

Discretionary trusts (often referred to as family trusts) are a very common method of holding assets in Australia, and are used to hold property and other financial assets and also

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Will and Estate Law

Mental Health and Capacity

October is Mental Health Month and 10 October 2019 is world Mental Health Day.

More than 1 in 5 Australians are affected by mental illness, and there are a range of

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Commercial Law

What are my rights in a shareholders dispute?

Left unresolved, a shareholders dispute can significantly impact on a company’s profitability, if not destroy the company and irreparably damage the relationship between the shareholders. As with all disputes prevention

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Will and Estate Law

Estate Planning and Coronavirus

With the rapidly escalating responses to the coronavirus pandemic, it is more important than ever to ensure that you have an appropriate estate plan in place – and in particular

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Commercial Property Law

Commercial Tenancies Code

The Prime Minister has announced that the National Cabinet has approved a new mandatory “Commercial Tenancies Code” to assist in dealing with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Each state

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Commercial Law

Commercial Tenancies Code of Conduct

The recently announced mandatory Code of Conduct (Code) for commercial tenancy requires landlords and tenants to negotiate appropriate temporary leasing arrangements to achieve mutually satisfactory outcomes during the Coronavirus pandemic

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Will and Estate Law

Witnessing Wills in Queensland

On 23 April this year, the Covid-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 received royal assent and came into force in response to the ever-changing requirement for new law as a result

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Will and Estate Law

Estate Planning and your pets

We were pleased to be joined today by a new team member, ‘Bear’ the office labrador. While Bear is not necessarily the most productive staff member at Ballantyne Law Group,

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Will and Estate Law

Estate Proceeds Trusts

The benefits of wills incorporating testamentary trusts are reasonably well known within the estate planning community, and awareness of them is becoming more wide-spread generally. Estate Proceeds Trusts are less

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Commercial Law

Should I restructure my business?

Restructuring is a process through which a business reorganises its operation to maximise earning potential, suit current circumstances, and improve capacity to meet obligations – including debt.

From our offices in

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Will and Estate Law

What happens if I die without a will?

In 2018 an Australian research organisation conducted a survey that found more than half of Australian adults – almost 10 million people – don’t have a will.

While Queensland was the

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Commercial Property Law

Top 3 property law changes to start 2022

As the Queensland property market continues to boom, latest legislative reforms will affect buyers, sellers, property owners/managers and tenants. For best quality legal services across all areas of property law,

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Will and Estate Law

Queensland Supreme Court highlights

The recent decision by the Queensland Supreme Court in Stewart v Stewart [2015] QSC 238 has highlighted the need for people who wish to make provision for beneficiaries to ensure

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Commercial Law

Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangements

Earlier this year we outlined the recommendations made by the Financial System Inquiry (FSI) in relation to limited recourse borrowing arrangements, which were that such arrangements should be prohibited (albeit

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Will and Estate Law

Estate planning and superannuation

Superannuation is a critical pillar of Australia’s retirement income system. The Treasury Department considers that by 2018 it will be the most critical – estimating that age retirement benefits will

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Commercial Law

New Years Resolutions

At this time of year we often reflect on our personal goals for the coming year. Often, we dust off last year’s resolutions, hardly used!

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Commercial Law

Why structuring matters

One of the more overlooked aspects of a new investment, whether it be a new business, property or other commercial investment, is structuring.

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Commercial Law

Foreign Investment Review Board Update

None of us enjoys sending payment reminder notices, let alone repeatedly. If you are not being paid, Ballantyne Law Group’s Commercial Law team can help by issuing a Creditor’s Statutory

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Will and Estate Law

Business Succession Planning

Business succession deserves serious consideration yet, for many of Australia’s small to medium enterprises, this important phase of business planning remains unaddressed until it can no longer be ignored.

Your

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Residential Property Law

“Granny Flat” Agreements

There is increasing uncertainty about the treatment of the family home as part of Centrelink’s asset testing for pensions. Also, as people grow older the family home may longer be

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Commercial Law

Retention of title clauses

Retention of title clauses (sometimes called Romalpa clauses after a leading British case) have long been an important part of contracts for the sale of goods, particularly when possession of

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