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  1. Parental leave – can I return to work part time? : City Pacific Lawyers

    Parental leave – can I return to work part time?

    17 | Apr 2018

      Employees have a statutory entitlement to return to work and to their previous position after taking a period of parental leave under the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act). If the employee’s previous position no longer exists, the employee is entitled to return to a position which is closest in pay and status to […]

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  2. What is an Agreement to Lease? : City Pacific Lawyers

    What is an Agreement to Lease?

    17 | Apr 2018

      When renting business related property it is important for both landlords and tenants to understand the relationship they are entering into and the rights and obligations that they each have. The document that governs this relationship is usually a Commercial Lease. A Commercial Lease gives the tenant an immediate right to take possession of […]

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  3. Changes to stamp duty for spouse transfers from 1 July 2017 : City Pacific Lawyers

    Changes to stamp duty for spouse transfers from 1 July 2017

    17 | Apr 2018

      The 2017/2018 Victorian Budget has made substantial changes to land duty and tax payments in a bid to make the system for housing affordability more equitable. New home buyers and investors need to be aware of changes to the duty now applicable to certain property transfers. Part of the Budget changes include the abolition […]

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  4. Trade Marks in Australia : City Pacific Lawyers

    Trade Marks in Australia

    7 | Mar 2018

      The advantage of registering a trade mark is that it confers far more benefits than registering a business name, company name or domain name. Marketing is an important business tool, and a registered trade mark is crucial in allowing you to protect any value or credibility which you have built on your brand. What […]

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  5. Take care when buying a property ‘Off the Plan’ : City Pacific Lawyers

    Take care when buying a property ‘Off the Plan’

    7 | Mar 2018

      The term “buying off the plan” usually refers to purchasing a property that is not yet registered as a separate lot with the government department responsible for land title registrations, or not yet built. Buying off the plan can refer to the purchase of a block of vacant land that is part of a […]

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  6. Changes to Powers of Attorney – Victoria : City Pacific Lawyers

    Changes to Powers of Attorney – Victoria

    7 | Mar 2018

    On 1 May 2017 the Powers of Attorney Act 2014 (Vic) was amended by the Powers of Attorney Amendment Act 2016 (Vic). The amending Act introduced changes to clarify some operational and other matters associated with the making of a power of attorney. Further changes are forecast with the new Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions […]

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  7. Marriage, divorce and your Will – What you need to know : City Pacific Lawyers

    Marriage, divorce and your Will – What you need to know

    30 | Jan 2018

    About half of all Australians don’t have a valid Will. Of those who do, many put their Will away in the bottom drawer of their filing cabinet and never think of it again. But making a Will is not a once in a lifetime task. Rather, it’s something that needs to be reconsidered and perhaps […]

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  8. Buying a Franchise – things you should know : City Pacific Lawyers

    Buying a Franchise – things you should know

    30 | Jan 2018

      Buying or starting a business can be overwhelming. There is a lot to consider – the most suitable structure for your business, the financial and taxation implications and ensuring from the start that you are placed in the best position for future growth and profitability. A franchise is a popular choice when looking at […]

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  9. The law of Easements : City Pacific Lawyers

    The law of Easements

    30 | Jan 2018

      Many people have heard of an easement, but what is it? In general terms, it is a right to use property belonging to someone else. Ordinarily, we think of property rights as sacred – why should anyone else be able to use my property? However, an easement is an exception to the usually sacred […]

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  10. Introduction to Intellectual Property for business : City Pacific Lawyers

    Introduction to Intellectual Property for business

    29 | Jan 2018

    Intellectual property (IP) is the property of your mind or proprietary knowledge and can be an invention, a trade mark, a design or the practical application of your idea. It is important that you understand how to protect IP as it is a valuable business asset and it will usually be easier and cheaper taking […]

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