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Articles and legal news from the Atkinson Vinden Team.

  • When Can You Refuse a Neighbour’s Request for an Easement Over Your Property?

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    What is an easement on my property? An easement on your property is a proprietary right of another person or entity (such as the owner of a neighbouring property or Council) to use your property for a particular purpose. Common examples include easements for service, roads, the erection of scaffolding or use of airspace for...

    Commercial Law

  • The Cold Hard World of Options

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    Anyone involved in leasing of commercial and retail premises knows only too well that it is quite often a difficult space to negotiate full of fairly arcane legal concepts. Mr Justice Windeyer certainly agreed and described it as “a cold hard world” in a 1997 case on options. One area of constant difficulty has been...

    Commercial Law

  • 5 Tips to Remember When Buying a Property

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      With interest rates at historic lows, a lot of our clients are looking at opportunities in the property market. Atkinson Vinden have helped hundreds of clients over the years to purchase and sell properties. Here are some helpful tips to assist you in the process of purchasing a property. Ensure you have done your...

    Commercial Law

  • Claims Against your Estate from your Former Spouse

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      Can I contest my ex husband’s /ex wife’s will? If you live in NSW, then the short answer is yes. In fact, any person who was a member of your former spouse’s household and who was either wholly or partly dependent on him/her during that time (as well as a number of other listed...

    Commercial Law

  • Personal guarantees – the importance of getting them right

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    Many of our firm’s clients are small business owners who give personal guarantees as a necessary means of obtaining finance. Often we also see parents giving guarantees on behalf of their children so that finance can be obtained to enter the property market. A personal guarantee is a very serious commitment which can have catastrophic...

    Commercial Law, Disputes

  • What is Spousal Maintenance and am I eligible for it?

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    What is Spousal Maintenance? Spousal Maintenance also known as spousal support is a payment made by a person to their former spouse to assist them in meeting their needs after separation. How is Spousal Maintenance paid? Spousal Maintenance can be paid by way of weekly payments for a certain period of time or through a...

    Commercial Law