Free Helpful Stuff
Here you will find some information, for free, which may help you decide if you need the QLD Law Group difference to deal with an issue. Remember the information isn’t legal advice and if you need advice the QLD Law Group is a click or call away.
It is easy to see lawyers in a negative light in our society, as many view them without compassion and the intent of having you out the door as soon as possible. That is why The QLD Law Group stands out above the competition through its dedication to being a firm that has your back. […]
Ridesharing has become exponentially popular in recent years. Thousands of Queenslander’s use ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft on a daily basis to get them to their desired destination. Over time, this type of travel has come to rival the taxi industry, who then expressed their concerns over the lack of regulation and need […]
The Queensland Government has announced the end of something our parents and grandparents held dear….paper proof that they owned their home. As of 1st October 2019, a paper title deed will become an item of historic or sentimental value only and will no longer need to be deposited with the Titles Registry...
Jane’s only significant asset is her primary residence, which is a modest 2-bedroom apartment worth $800k. Jane leaves everything to Mary who is her only child. Mary has a job paying $120k p.a. and 2 children who are still in school. Mary lives in a 3 bedroom townhouse, which she rents as she can’t yet afford to buy her own home...
A huge congratulations to our newly admitted Solicitor Omar Sarac! Omar was admitted yesterday as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland after completing a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Business and Practical Legal Training at the Queensland University of Technology...
Binding Financial Agreements “PRE-NUPS, POST-NUPS & DURING NUPS” Many have heard of the term “Pre-Nup Agreement” usually from American movies or sit-coms. The general impression is that it is an agreement made between people who are about to get married and one party wants to protect their assets as they have significantly greater assets than […]
When can the Landlord enter my Place? The Issue What if the landlord wants to enter my place? What rights do I have? Can the landlord just walk in when the landlord feels like it? The Law There are rules when renting a place to live in Queensland whether it’s a house, unit, share house […]
Is 13 a lucky number? The QLS and the Real Estate Institute of Queensland have released the 13th edition of the standard “Contract for Houses and Residential Land”. The contract and the standard “Contract For Residential Lots In A Community Titles Scheme” (now in its 9th edition) has been updated as a result of changes […]
The QLD Law Group is the QLD representative office of the prestigious Lawyers Associated Worldwide group (LAW). LAW is a global association of more than 100 independent law firms located in more than 50 countries. At the October 2016 annual general meeting held in London the members of LAW elected the QLD Law Group’s own […]
From 1 October 2016 the foreign persons acquiring residential land in Queensland will pay a 3% stamp duty surcharge on entering into any new transactions. What is Residential Land? Residential land is land that is or will be solely or primarily used for residential purposes, and on the land: there is or will be a […]
The Issue The Federal Government is concerned that property owners, particularly foreign persons are not paying Capital Gains Tax on the sale of property. The Law On or after 1 July 2016 on the sale of Affected Property, the Buyer will have to withhold 10% of the sale price and pay that to the Australian […]
What Bond should I Pay? The Issue What amount should I pay as a rental bond if I rent a new place to live? Can the landlord demand I pay any amount? The Law There are rules when renting a place to live in Queensland whether it’s a house, unit, share house room, caravan or […]
What Should I Sign? The Issue What if I have found a new place to live? What documents should I sign before I move in? The Law There are rules when renting a place to live in Queensland whether it’s a house, unit, share house room, caravan or houseboat that protects you as a tenant. […]
In late 2010 the State Government reviewed the limits of damages that various Courts could award. This included increasing the amount of damages that the Magistrates Court could award to $150,000.00. This meant that a significant number of compensation trials could now be dealt with in the Magistrates Court rather than the District Court. The […]
The Property Occupations Act came into effect from 1 December 2014. This legislation replaced Property Agents and Motor Vehicles Act 2000 in relation to residential property. Any new contract that is formed for property intended for residential purposes now needs to comply with this new Act. Contracts entered into prior to 1 December 2014 remain […]
In the current difficult financial times, many people are finding themselves faced with bankruptcy. If you go bankrupt what can you keep? The bad news is that on being declared bankrupt, your “divisible property” vests in your bankruptcy trustee. You can no longer deal with the property. The good news is that not all property […]
Concessions and exemptions for home buyers and retirement village residents: 1. Abolition of Mortgage Stamp Duty; 2. An increasing in the threshold for the firm home buyers duty exemption from $320,000.00 to $500,000.00; 3. An increase in the ceiling for the principal place of residence concession from $320,000.00 to $350,000.00; and 4. An extension of […]
The Australian Government has announced it will shortly amend its Foreign Investment Policy. This amendment will have a material effect on residential land buyers. The big change is that temporary residents may purchase second hand dwellings. This took effect from 18 December 2008, but will change again shortly. For more information please read our brochure If […]
The Background When the QLD Treasurer, Andrew Fraser, handed down the 2008/2009 State Budget it outlined various changes to stamp duty associated with Queensland properties. The intent of the new structure was to generally improve competitiveness with other states and assist First Home Owners with the affordability of buying their own homes. While the budget […]