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Protect your brand from .xxx

Protect your brand from .xxx

Internet domain names (or websites) are regulated by a body called ICANN. Earlier this year ICANN agreed with ICM Registry to create a new type of domain name, ".xxx." The new domain is intended to be a clearly labeled place for adult entertainment.

By Mike Worsnop - 4 Oct 2011

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Is your Family Trust really safe?

Is your Family Trust really safe?

Your Family Trust may be vulnerable to the tax man

By Catherine Atchison - 15 Sep 2011

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Child Support Overhaul

Child Support Overhaul

An overhaul of Child Support legislation is due to be introduced in the next few months.

By Tara Grant - 14 Sep 2011

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The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act

The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act

In November last year we reported that The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill was at Select Committee stage. That Bill was passed into law in April and comes into force on 1 September 2011.

By Mike Worsnop - 31 Aug 2011 - 3 comments

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To gift or not to gift

To gift or not to gift

On 1 October 2011 gift duty will be abolished

By Tara Grant - 25 Aug 2011

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Relief for Small Unit Title Developments

The Unit Titles Act 2010 requires owners of unit title properties to have a long term maintenance plan. Owners of separate units may wish to opt out of this obligation by passing a special resolution. This requires at least 75% of owners to agree. If a special resolution is passed then each owner becomes responsible for the maintenance of their own unit only and there will be no obligation to have a long term maintenance plan and fund. Owners may also opt out of the Act's requirement for an independent auditor by passing a special resolution.

By Kay Keam - 11 Aug 2011

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Leaky Homes Package

Leaky Homes Package

The Government's financial assistance package for owners of leaky homes has recently come into effect. Home owners may choose between taking the Council to Court for the recovery of the costs of repairs, or signing up for the assistance package. Accepting the package means that home owners cannot seek any further compensation from the Council.

By Andrew Steele - 9 Aug 2011

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Do not deceive or mislead!

Do not deceive or mislead!

The Fair Trading Act 1986 (FTA) promotes competition by preventing misleading and deceptive conduct by traders in the promotion, advertising and sale of goods and services. If you are in the business of supplying goods or services to customers, you must comply with the FTA or face serious consequences if you do not. Penalties for misleading or deceiving conduct can be severe.

By Melissa Higham - 29 Jul 2011

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The rules have changed

The rules have changedThe Unit Titles Act 2010 comes into effect on 20 June 2011. This new Act makes sweeping changes to the previous unit titles regime. We will highlight the most important of these changes over the next few weeks.

By Kay Keam - 10 Jun 2011

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What a Difference a Day Makes

What a Difference a Day Makes

As a landlord, you must follow notice requirements carefully when attempting to cancel a lease.

By Warren Bygrave - 7 Jun 2011

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