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    Who can dispute a Will?

    By James Frank on Feb 21, 2020 11:00:57 AM

    The Succession Act 2006 (NSW) is the piece if legislation that deals fundamentally with the affairs of an individual surrounding the act of succession, that is passing of property to another.

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    5 Reasons You Need a Shareholders' Agreement

    By Andrea Harrold on Feb 21, 2020 10:03:02 AM

    If a company has more than one shareholder it should have a shareholders’ agreement in place.

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    The Sperm Donor Case – A Seminal Decision

    By Karla Elias on Feb 20, 2020 11:55:03 AM

    “By biology, or by law, or a combination of both, certain people, take on the right and responsibilities of raising children, and are, or become parents”: Masson v Parsons [2017] FamCA 789, 46.

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    ABC Learning Centres: why corporate governance matters

    By Philip van den Heever on Dec 18, 2019 10:50:24 AM

    ABC Learning Centres was the biggest childcare company in the world. From humble beginnings in Brisbane in 1988, it grew to 43 centres in Australia at the time it was listed on the Australian stock market. Between 2001 and 2007 the company acquired a further 2195 childcare centres across Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the United States.

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    The global market: no longer a choice

    By Philip van den Heever on Dec 13, 2019 11:09:06 AM

    Michael R Czinkota, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the United States Department of Commerce said this:

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    When can a corporation be held criminally responsible?

    By Andrea Harrold on Dec 10, 2019 1:11:13 PM

    On 15 November 2019 the Australian Law Reform Commission released a Discussion Paper into Corporate Criminal Responsibility.

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    New Family Law Statistics from the Australian Institute of Family Studies

    By Matthew Sibley on Dec 5, 2019 5:37:36 PM

    Recently, the Australian Institute of Family Studies (‘AIFS’) released an Evidence Summary of a study it had conducted in relation to post-separation parenting outcomes. The Evidence Summary provides very interesting statistics regarding family law parenting outcomes that cast some light on the process. While statistics do not always tell the whole truth, they can indicate trends in the family law parenting process that may be helpful when determining the best course of action in your case.

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    Married vs de facto: does it matter?

    By Matthew Sibley on Dec 4, 2019 2:34:36 PM

    On 1 March 2009, Part VIIIAB was inserted into the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (‘the Act’) which provided for Australian de facto couples to have their financial matters dealt with upon the breakdown of their relationship under the Australian family law system. The main effect of the amendments was to the mirror Part VIII of the Act, which covers financial matters between married couples.

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    How the law protects minority shareholders

    By Philip van den Heever on Nov 21, 2019 12:47:54 PM

    Most Shareholder Agreements provide that Companies are controlled by a shareholder (or a group of shareholders) that holds a majority of the shares in the Company.  These Agreements allow majority shareholders to appoint directors and control many other company activities including the day-to-day operation of the business, payment of Dividends or Dividend distribution policies, financing policies and, in most instances, the issuing of new shares.

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    How the Courts Respond to Family Violence

    By Karla Elias on Nov 14, 2019 10:30:00 PM

    The family law system in Australia is constantly evolving and works to recognise and assist adults and children who have suffered family violence. This year, as many as 70% of all family law matters in the Commonwealth court system involve an allegation of family violence. A particular concern of the Courts is to ensure that children who are exposed to or suffer family violence or abuse are protected as much as possible.

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