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COVID-19 Safe Solutions for witnessing Wills + other key documents in Australia

20/10/2020

Estate Planning

COVID-19 Safe Solutions for witnessing Wills + other key documents in Australia

Witnessing requirements for the creation of a valid Will in Australia as well as many legal documents across the board, have become a public health issue under COVID-19. It is generally not possible (on account of physical constraints) to have witnesses attest and sign a Will whilst observing social distancing. In this article we: ➲ Provide a warning about what could go wrong! ➲ Strongly recommend practical alternatives such as “Will through a window!” if witnesses can witness in a COVID-Safe manner, and ➲ Broadly outline the current Australian legislative response temporarily enabling remote AVL witnessing in some jurisdictions.

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NSW Court of Appeal declares Strata pet blanket ban by-law to be “oppressive”!

19/10/2020

Property Law

NSW Court of Appeal declares Strata pet blanket ban by-law to be “oppressive”!

At what will hopefully be the end of a David v. Goliath battle, the NSW Court of Appeal has unanimously held that a Strata pet blanket ban by-law was ➲ “oppressive”! This judgment, as well as proposed legislative amendments (supported by the first-ever online e-petition in NSW Parliament's history), may finally signal victory for pet owners!

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Privacy Policies & Australian Law

6/1/2019

Privacy Law

Privacy Policies & Australian Law

This article provides a summary of an original article entitled “Privacy Policies & Australian Law” written by James D. Ford, GAICD which was published in late 2018 + is hosted on iubenda's website. ‍ By way of full disclosure: Blue Ocean Law Group℠ is iubenda's Legal Network partner in Australia + New Zealand.

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A Comparison of Legal Profession Conduct Rules ➲ Australia v. California

A Comparison of Legal Profession Conduct Rules ➲ Australia v. California

This article aims to provide a high-level comparison of the Legal Profession Conduct Rules between Australia v. California.

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