Articles and legal news from the Atkinson Vinden Team.

  • Forgiving Debts in the Family

    Parents will often loan their adult children funds to assist in building a new business or purchasing their first property.  Unfortunately, family relationships occasionally break down and the parties need to know where they stand and what their rights are to recover the funds. Forgiving the Debt The child (the borrower) will often say that...

    Family Law, Wills & Probate

  • There is nothing standard about a standard Building Contract

    Of late we have had multiple clients approach us seeking advice on a home building contract that has been provided by their builder. One common comment we hear at such times goes along the lines of: “It’s their standard contract, it should be pretty straight forward.” Unfortunately, these contracts are anything but straight forward. The...

    Property Law

  • New Window Safety Laws

    The Minister for Fair Trading recently announced new safety measures to prevent children falling from windows. All windows above the ground floor in existing residential strata schemes are to be retrospectively fitted with a lock or safety device which prevents the window opening more than 12.5cm. The NSW Government will amend the Strata Schemes Management...

    Commercial Law

  • Swimming Pool Compliance

    We advise that the time to register your swimming pool in accordance with the Swimming Pools Amendment Act 2012 was extended to 19 November 2013. When selling or leasing your property from 29 April 2014 a valid Certificate of Compliance issued under the Swimming Pools Act 1992 or an Occupation Certificate issued in respect of the swimming...

    Property Law

  • Time is Almost Up! Register your Security Interest before it’s too late

    Continuing on from our series of alerts on the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA), we advise that the transitional period under the PPSA is due to expire on 31 January 2014. The purpose of the transitional period was to provide temporary protection for security interests that were created prior to the register coming...

    News & Updates

  • Protection of Domain Names

    The Internet can best be described as an international network of networks, providing the communications architecture that forms the basis of other services, such as the World Wide Web. Every computer directly connected to the internet holds its own personalized identifying number, known as an IP (Internet Protocol) Address, an address consisting of a code...

    Commercial Law, General


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