Real Estate Agent Ordered To Repay $81,000 Commission

Real Estate Agent Ordered To Repay $81,000 Commission

A real estate agent has been ordered to repay $81,000 in commission to a 93-year-old woman on the sale of her home in Victoria. Globe Real Estate had Maria Sutherland sign an exclusive sales contract after telling her that her home could be sold for more than $1.25...
Is Sperm Considered Property?

Is Sperm Considered Property?

A recent Supreme Court case has highlighted a tricky question: can sperm be considered ‘property’? How can you plan for the premature death of your partner if you’d always planned to have children? The Case Ayla Cresswell and Joshua Davies were in a relationship when...
A New Ally In the Fight Against Domestic Violence

A New Ally In the Fight Against Domestic Violence

Victims of family violence have just picked up a new ally in the fight against domestic violence, and it comes from a perhaps unlikely source – real estate agents. When property manager Stephanie Dunn saw the fist-sized hole in the wall and locks fitted on the...
How To Survive Holidays After Divorce

How To Survive Holidays After Divorce

If you are newly divorced, then holidays after divorce can be hard. Old traditions can no longer be kept, you might be experiencing loneliness, and it might be difficult to accept your new life. Things will get better, but in the meantime, here’s how to survive...
Stepchildren Fight Widow in Estate Battles

Stepchildren Fight Widow in Estate Battles

It’s a common scenario: the children from previous relationships and the deceased’s most recent spouse end up in costly estate battles. When there are sizeable fortunes to fight over, the acrimony is often worse. Estate Battles: Glen Campbell Since his...
How Marriage Affects Estate Planning

How Marriage Affects Estate Planning

When considering writing your will and getting your estate planning in order, you should also consider how marriage, divorce and re-marriage can affect your final wishes. A case in point is murdered Brazilian mining executive Cecilia Haddad, who may have still been...
Give It Back! Why Elder Financial Abuse Is A Crime

Give It Back! Why Elder Financial Abuse Is A Crime

Elder abuse is any form of mistreatment that results in loss or harm to an older person. The most common kind of elder abuse is financial abuse, where older people are unduly influenced, deceived or exploited out of their assets – and the most common kind of...
State of Origin Night Leads to Domestic Violence Surge

State of Origin Night Leads to Domestic Violence Surge

Research has shown that big game nights, such as the State of Origin and World Cup games, lead to a domestic violence surge. Newly released data from the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) spanning six years (2012-2017) have revealed a...
Property Fraud: Downside of Digital Era

Property Fraud: Downside of Digital Era

Will the digital age of conveyancing lead to more instances of property fraud? A former MasterChef  finalist has had $250,000 stolen while settling on a property via a new online conveyancing system, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Dani Venn and her husband Chris...
How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce

How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce

If you’re thinking about a divorce, it may also be time to think about deleting your social media accounts. It’s tempting to use social media as a place to vent about your ex or make angry accusations. But be warned: social media posts are now being used...