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  • What does mounted to the vehicle mean?
    Driving
    With the changes to the laws regarding mobile phone usage, we should all be really careful about how or...
  • Talking about Respect
    Domestic Violence, Projects
    Here at Coode & Corry we have always been concerned about the rates of domestic violence in the community,...
  • Compulsory Acquisition Community Seminar
    Compulsory Acquisition, General, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    There is a lot happening in our area in regard to the NSW government acquiring land, including the Castlereagh...
  • Happy Anniversary to 19 The Crescent
    General
    In July 1983 the offices of Coode & Roberts opened at 19 The Crescent, Penrith.  The house was quite...
  • Basketbrawl and self-defence
    Criminal Law
    We have a number of basketball lovers at this office and we were saddened by the events in the...
  • Expert Reports in Family Law
    Family law
    It is our experience that family law matters are becoming more complex in recent years with the rise of...
  • Family Law and the Four Step Process
    Family law
    Four Step Process for Dividing Net Marital Assets In determining how net marital assets will be divided following a separation,...
  • Family Violence - what does it mean?
    Domestic Violence, Family law
    The Family Law Act 1975 defines family violence as “violent, threatening or other behaviour by a person that coerces or controls a member...
  • Who enforces parking for businesses?
    Council, Driving
    People parking across your driveway or parking you in can be a very frustrating issue, and has lead to...
  • Can you apply to have your disqualified licence returned...
    Drink Driving or Alcohol, Driving
    Thanks to changes in the law made in October 2017 you may now be able to apply to have...
  • Does a private school have to adhere to the...
    General
    What is natural justice? Administrative law is the body of law that regulates decision making.  It doesn't necessarily apply to...
  • How is a Judicial Review different to an Appeal?
    Administrative Law
    Administrative Law is an important area of the law, and often people are not aware that they have these...
  • What is procedural fairness?
    Administrative Law
    Procedural fairness is not a well understood area of law.  A search for some online definitions and examples to...
  • Talk to Bruce if you are unhappy with a...
    Administrative Law, Civil wrongs, Commercial law, Employment Law
    Administrative Law Administrative law is the area of law which deals with the way that anyone who is making an...
  • What is administrative law?
    Administrative Law
    What is it? Administrative law is the body of law that regulates decision making.  If it sounds broad that is...
  • June Long Weekend
    Driving
    When do double demerit points apply? The June long weekend double demerit point period is Midnight Thursday 7 June to...
  • Domestic Violence and Pregnancy
    Domestic Violence
    Expecting a child is a key risk factor for domestic violence starting or escalating.  This is not news, the...
  • Do I have to vote?
    Council, General
    Do I have to vote? You have to turn up to the polling station and have your name checked off. ...
  • Family Provision Claims
    Estates and Wills
    In a previous article we discussed the case of Lodin and Lodin; the estate of Dr Mohamed Masood Lodin...
  • Parenting and Relocation Matters
    Family law
    In the recent case of Boyle and Zahur and Anor (No 2) ...
  • What if 000 doesn't work?
    General
    No one wants to have to call 000, but if you call 000 and it doesn't work then that...
  • Next of Kin Register
    General
    We have received a letter from the Nepean Police Area Command regarding the Next of Kin Register.  This program...
  • Mulgoa Road Compulsory Acquisition
    Compulsory Acquisition, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    There are a number of compulsory acquisitions occurring in Penrith at the moment, including the one along Mulgoa Road...
  • Is your verbal agreement worth the paper it is...
    Commercial law
    Is a verbal agreement binding? An agreement is binding whether it is verbal or written but the problem is, how...
  • What can we learn from the $4.6M fine issued...
    Civil wrongs
    What happened? Thermomix have been fined $4.6 million for failing to notify the government in time when they became aware...
  • Owner Initiated Acquisition
    Compulsory Acquisition, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    The law provides that in some circumstances a property owner who’s property is affected by a government proposal can...
  • Castlereagh Corridor
    Compulsory Acquisition, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    What is the Castlereagh Corridor Transport NSW has recently announced the corridor for the Bells Line of Road - Castlereagh...
  • Elder abuse and loans
    Civil wrongs, Domestic Violence
    We have an increasing habit in Australia of asking older retired people to guarantee the loans of relatives.  The...
  • You aren't paranoid if they really are following you...
    Civil wrongs, Commercial law
    It is probably cliché to even discuss this topic, but in the information age we really are not taking...
  • What is administration?
    General
        Aussie Farmers went into administration this week, and it seems some donut franchises are also struggling.  It doesn't look...
  • Homesafe loans
    Estates and Wills, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    There are a number of products on the market offering to lend money to people over 60 years of...
  • What does due process have to do with trees?
    Administrative Law, Council
    Due process and fair procedure may not seem like exciting or important areas of law, but actually they weave...
  • Talk to your partner about money
    Family law
    Love and finances: Questions you should ask your partner about money   In a recent article on www.abc.net.au they asked do...
  • Slander of Title
    Compulsory Acquisition, Council, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
      In a recent case in the NSW Supreme Court about whether or not a neighbour had a right of...
  • Penrith Lady Lawyers
    Projects
    We have been involved in a group of local lawyers called "Penrith Lady Lawyers" since it was created in...
  • Stop Signs and School Crossings
    Driving
      Is the stop sign held by the lollipop lady (or man) a Stop Sign, can you lose points off...
  • Estate planning and your digital footprint
    Estates and Wills
    Historically, a discussion on estate planning would normally focus on a will. The aim of a will is to appropriately...
  • Leaving is dangerous
    General
    A recent article published by the New York Times has confirmed what those working with domestic violence victims already...
  • Double Demerit Points - Australia Day Long Weekend
    General
    Happy Australia Day Australia Day falls on a Friday this year so a lot of people will probably be on...
  • Does your next of kin know your passwords?
    Estates and Wills
    Does your next of kin know your passwords? If something happened to you, say you were hospitalised, could they access...
  • Facebook chain mail
    General
      Some people find them annoying, some people love them, but should you share them?     What's the risk? The risk is that...
  • What to do when your friend loses their spouse
    Estates and Wills, Projects
    When a friend receives horrendous news it can often be paralysing for those around them, how do you respond? ...
  • Do I need to do anything when my spouse...
    Estates and Wills, Superannuation
    Most people when they become a widow or a widower are trying to reduce their paperwork and so they...
  • Why do I need a Will?
    Estates and Wills
    It is important that you have an up to date Will.  Many people think they don't need a will...
  • Ken Lay on Family Violence
    Domestic Violence
    With the recent focus on Domestic Violence thanks to White Ribbon's events on 25 November 2017, I was reminded...
  • Reciprocal Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence
    In Australia we do not keep statistics on, or really discuss reciprocal domestic violence.  We are not talking here...
  • Can men be the victims of domestic violence?
    Domestic Violence, Family law
      Following on from White Ribbon day on 25 November 2017, we have noticed an uptake in traffic on our...
  • Proposed changes to bankruptcy legislation
    Commercial law
        Currently if a person is made bankrupt then they remain an undischarged bankrupt for a period of three years. ...
  • Who will look after my children when I die?
    Estates and Wills
    Many people who we speak to about preparing Wills have put off preparing their Wills because they have children...
  • Involuntary admissions
    Administrative Law, Criminal Law
    Most people are probably aware that it is possible to be admitted, against your wishes, to a mental health...
  • Is an Uber driver really an Uber driver?
    Employment Law, General
    Is an Uber driver actually an employee of Uber, or just a subcontractor?  Recently it was decided in England...
  • At what age can I leave my child unsupervised?
    General
    We are often asked what the law is about supervising children, and when a child can be left unsupervised. ...
  • Is your stuff trash or treasure?
    Estates and Wills
    As a recent article on ABC News commented, it's a common refrain among hobbyists and collectors, who often fear...
  • Can I use the mens' bathroom?
    Council, General
    There are a few reasons that you might need to use a bathroom that is not 'your' bathroom.  For...
  • Are Pre-nups dead?
    Family law
    Why all the fuss? The High Court recently handed down a judgment in the case of Kennedy v Thorne.  To...
  • Christmas Trading
    General
    We will close for Christmas on Thursday 21 December 2017 at 12 Noon and we will open again on...
  • Can I cancel my gym membership?
    Civil wrongs, Commercial law
    Gym membership cancellation fees Every now and again we see gym memberships in the spotlight.  According to the Sydney Morning...
  • Pets in rental properties
    Civil wrongs, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    Can a tenant have pets in NSW? The Residential Tenancies Act in NSW is actually silent on this point.  What...
  • Is an unsent text message a Will?
    Estates and Wills
    Only in Queensland? The Queensland Supreme Court recently found that an unsent text message on a phone was a Will,...
  • Licence Suspension
    Council, Criminal Law, Driving
    Did you know that if you don't vote at a local election and then don't pay your fine your...
  • Mental Health Laws
    Criminal Law
    A section in the mental health laws allows a Court, when it is dealing with someone charged with criminal...
  • Superfund directors face up to 5 years jail time...
    General, Superannuation
    Superfund directors could face up to 5 years in jail and/or $340,000.00 in fines if they breach some of...
  • Changes to sale laws
    General, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    The Australian government recently announced changes to the law as part of a crackdown on foreign persons buying property...
  • What happens if I don't make a Will?
    Estates and Wills
      If you die without making a Will, you will have died intestate. This means that you have not disposed...
  • GST: A trap to avoid when selling real property
    General
    If the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) believes that renovations to a property in the previous 5 years before a...
  • Amendments to strata laws - Where can I park?
    General
    Recently the NSW government introduced amendments to Strata Laws. One of these amendments was to restrict parking areas for owners...
  • Wills: executed in the same place at the same...
    Estates and Wills
    At Coode & Corry Solicitors we are often asked why a Will must be executed by the Testator and...
  • Can't I just do the Lease myself?
    Commercial law, Leases, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    We sometimes see Leases prepared by people who are acting for themselves in an attempt to save money, and...
  • Do I need council approval for that?
    Construction law, Council, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    What is development? You need council approval if you are doing any 'development' on your land.  Development is defined as: the...
  • Giant inflatable clowns frowned upon
    Administrative Law, Council, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    There has been a bit of press recently about the giant inflatable clowns that have popped up around Penrith...
  • Loyalty Programs
    General
    The ABC show 'The Checkout' has recently published a segment on loyalty programs and whether you should give away...
  • Changes to New Home Grant scheme
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    Reduction in First Home Owners Grant With all of the focus surrounding the increased availability of the first home owner's...
  • Grenfell Towers - could it happen here?
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    There has been a large amount of media focus on the tragedy that occurred at Grenfell Tower and whether...
  • First Home Buyers new exemption
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    The amending legislation for the changes to the First Home Buyers stamp duty exemptions (and the complimentary budget measures)...
  • Buying off the plan
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    For many people buying a home or an investment property is one of the biggest financial decisions that they...
  • The return of the First Home Owner's stamp duty...
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    As discussed in our article last week, the State Government has announced that the First Home Owner's stamp duty...
  • Preparing a Power of Attorney and Appointment of Enduring...
    Estates and Wills
    Everyone needs to consider what will happen if they are seriously injured or become very sick so that they cannot look...
  • Guaranteeing a loan, what's the risk?
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    With many people worried about housing affordability and getting their children into the property market we are seeing an...
  • Why do I need legal advise before purchasing a...
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    There are many reasons that you need legal advice on a contract, some of which we will explain in...
  • It's back! Stamp duty exemptions for first home...
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    First Home Owner's stamp duty exemption It appears that we may be returning to a first home owner's stamp duty...
  • Private Health Insurance
    Civil wrongs, General
    Choice expresses concern The advocacy group Choice expressed concerns in an article in February 2017 that the private health insurance...
  • What is a grant of Probate?
    Estates and Wills
    Often, when client's first approach us about a deceased estate, their first question is what is a grant of...
  • June Long Weekend
    Driving
    When do double demerit points apply? The June long weekend double demerit point period is Midnight Thursday 8 June to...
  • Superannuation changes
    Superannuation
    Last year the Federal Government passed legislation imposing a $1.6 million cap on the amount of tax-free super savings...
  • No Respect, No Relationship
    Domestic Violence, Projects
    Domestic Violence Unfortunately many of us have heard the statistic that one woman in Australia is killed every week by...
  • What do I need to do before an Auction?
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    Are you thinking of attending an auction for a property that you are interested in buying? Do you know that...
  • How often should I update my Will?
    Estates and Wills
    At Coode & Corry solicitors we are often asked by our client's how often should I update my Will? You...
  • Can you force your ex to send the kids...
    Family law
    At Coode & Corry solicitors we are often asked to act in parenting matters where parties are unable to...
  • Auction Laws for buying or renting a property
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    Auction Laws in NSW for buying a property We have laws regarding selling a property by auction in NSW.  You...
  • NCAT - what is it?
    Administrative Law, Civil wrongs
    The New South Wales government created a tribunal called the Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) a few years ago...
  • Pastoral Care and Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence, Projects
    As part of a recent seminar that I was giving I asked some other family law practitioners for their...
  • When is a person not a person?
    Civil wrongs, Council, Employment Law
    Sometimes you are not an individual in your own right, sometimes you are an agent of a company or...
  • Domestic Violence Parliamentary Inquiry
    Domestic Violence, Family law
    The government has launched an inquiry into how the Family Court system deals with domestic violence.  Specifically "how Australia’s...
  • Road Toll
    Driving
    We frequently hear news reports that the “death toll” on our roads is increasing. Obviously the loss of even...
  • Hamish Williams
    Employment Law, Estates and Wills, General, Superannuation
    After five years of University study while working full time in law firms or barristers' chambers, our very own...
  • Easter and Australia Day double demerit points
    Driving
    When do double demerit points apply? The Easter double demerit point period is Midnight Wednesday 12 April 2017 to midnight Monday...
  • What is a school day?
    Driving
    Beware of double demerit school days As happened during the Australia Day long weekend, there is a school day in...
  • Have you been left out of a Will?
    Estates and Wills
    The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported on a Case (Jodell v Woods NSWSC 143) where a daughter (Ms...
  • Badgerys Creek Airport
    Compulsory Acquisition, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    There has been some recent media focused on attempts to stop the government from taking property for the Badgerys...
  • On just terms
    Compulsory Acquisition, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    The Commonwealth Constitution provides at section 51(xxxi) that the Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws...
  • Types of Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence
    Most people think of domestic violence as either physical or sexual violence between two people living together, but this...
  • Leaving safely
    Domestic Violence
    Leaving is a dangerous time A safety plan is a personalised, practical plan that can help you avoid dangerous situations...
  • Who controls local government?
    Council
      The current debate about local council mergers might lead you to ask, why does the State government control the...
  • The importance of making a Will after Family Law...
    Estates and Wills, Family law, Superannuation
    At Coode & Corry solicitors we always advise clients who have finalised property proceedings, and/or divorce proceedings to make...
  • Consent and sexual assault
    Criminal Law, Domestic Violence
    Why is consent important? At the moment we are seeing a lot of articles about consent, the importance of consent,...
  • Potential changes to meta data laws
    Criminal Law
          What is happening? As stated on the Attorney General's website: The Attorney-General’s Department is inviting submissions to support a review by...
  • Centrelink and the Commonwealth Ombudsman
    Administrative Law, Civil wrongs
    Are you having a problem with Centrelink? Are you one of the 170,000 Australians who has received a debt recovery...
  • Can you get an extra payment?
    Compulsory Acquisition, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    If your property was acquired by a NSW government body between the 26th of February 2014 and the 17th...
  • Why doesn't she just get an AVO?
    Apprehended Violence Orders, Domestic Violence, Projects
    There are many questions that come up when we discuss domestic violence with people who haven't experienced it, like...
  • Do men die in domestic violence incidences?
    Apprehended Violence Orders, Domestic Violence
    There are many unhelpful things that advocates for domestic violence awareness say.  At Coode & Corry we do want...
  • Australia Day double demerit points
    Driving
    School day double whammy There is a school day in the upcoming double demerit points period for Australia Day in...
  • Recent changes to AVOs
    Apprehended Violence Orders, Criminal Law
    Most people are aware that the courts can issue Apprehended Violence Orders to try and give people some protection...
  • At what age can my child decide?
    Domestic Violence, Family law
    We get asked this question frequently by our family law clients.  The first thing we want to say is...
  • Plans to extend Emu Plains prison have been scrapped
    Council
    The plans to expand the site of the Emu Plains Correctional Centre, which is currently a women's jail housing...
  • A man's home is his Castle
    Compulsory Acquisition, Council, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    Life imitating art? In the news this week we were told that the owner of the house that was the...
  • Can the Government stop us from using websites?
    Civil wrongs
    We recently published an article about revenge p*2n and the difficulty in shutting any of the sites down. Recently the...
  • Changes to the Compulsory Acquisition process
    Compulsory Acquisition, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    New laws have been made in New South Wales which attempt to make the process a bit fairer when...
  • Can I get $90,000 if I slip over at...
    General
    What really happened? Many people have probably seen the headline about a woman slipping over at Coles and getting $90,000....
  • Can I make my neighbour mow their grass?
    Council
      Overgrown grass can be very annoying, particularly if it is accompanied by various weeds or other pollens that you...
  • Can't we just split everything without a formal agreement?
    Estates and Wills, Family law
    Why do you need a Financial Agreement or Consent Orders? We often have clients ask us why they can't just...
  • Christmas Holiday double demerit points
    General
    While you are planning your Christmas Holiday, or trying to fit the various Christmas commitments you have into your...
  • What should you do if someone discloses?
    Domestic Violence
    What should you do if someone discloses to you that they are the victim of domestic violence? —Listen to the...
  • Joint Tenants vs Tenants in Common
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    If you are purchasing property with another person, or other people, then you need to choose whether to purchase...
  • Costs of purchasing
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    It is important when you purchase a property that you take into account all the costs of purchasing, like: Purchase...
  • Signing the Contract before seeing your lawyer
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    These days purchasers are often asked to pay a deposit (usually 0.25% of the price) and to sign the...
  • Deposits
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    Often people intend to purchase a home either using a 5% cash deposit, or using what is known as...
  • Compulsory Acquisitions on Northern Road
    Compulsory Acquisition, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    We are currently acting for several land owners whose properties are being compulsorily acquired along the Northern Road at...
  • Help! They are building apartments next door
    Council, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    It is your worst nightmare, you spend all your hard earned money on a nice quiet house in a...
  • Retail Leases
    Leases, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
      Did you know that if you don't prepare your Retail Lease correctly, your tenant could terminate on you, or...
  • New laws for business to business contracts
    Civil wrongs, Commercial law, Leases
    Did you know that from 12 November 2016 there will be changes to 'business to business' contracts, so that...
  • Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services
    General
    One of our solicitors, Janis Donnelly-Coode, has recently been appointed as a director of Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services....
  • Family Law - saving money by not using a...
    Family law
      We have recently had a number of clients come back to us after they had an initial appointment, they...
  • What to do if someone dies at home
    Estates and Wills
    We have recently been asked for some information about what to do when somebody dies at home.  We have...
  • Non-consensual sharing of intimate images
    Civil wrongs, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Family law
    Revenge sharing of intimate photos The sharing or threatened sharing online of intimate photos by ex-partners or spouses has become...
  • When a police officer takes your licence
    Drink Driving or Alcohol, Driving
    Immediate licence suspension In certain circumstances a police officer is entitled to take your licence off of you at the...
  • What is the penalty for high range drink driving?
    Drink Driving or Alcohol, Driving
    What is the offence? If you drive a motor vehicle and you have a blood alcohol level of more than...
  • What is the penalty for mid range drink driving?
    Drink Driving or Alcohol, Driving
    What is the offence? If you drive a motor vehicle and you have a blood alcohol level of more than...
  • What is the penalty for low range drink driving?
    Drink Driving or Alcohol, Driving
    What is the offence? If you drive a motor vehicle and you have a blood alcohol level of more than...
  • What is the penalty for special range drink driving?
    Drink Driving or Alcohol, Driving
                What is a special category driver?   A special category driver is someone who: Holds a learner licence (“L plater”) Holds a provision licence...
  • What is the penalty for novice range drink driving?
    Drink Driving or Alcohol, Driving
    What is a novice driver? A novice driver is someone who: Holds a learner licence (“L plater”) Holds a provision licence (“P...
  • Give way to emergency vehicles
    Driving
    Most people know that you have to give way to emergency vehicles in NSW. Do you know what give...
  • Safe use of technology
    General
    Have you recently reviewed your technology usage, the information that you are sharing online, or the latest scams that...
  • Copyright, Trademarks and Patents
    Civil wrongs, Commercial law
    Copyright relates to the right to publish, copy, or communicate materials such as artwork, written work or music. Copyright...
  • Bankruptcy and Superannuation
    Commercial law, Estates and Wills, Superannuation
    Did you know that a trustee in bankruptcy cannot make a claim against your superannuation, your creditors have no...
  • When should you intervene in family violence?
    Family law, General
    When should you intervene in family violence? The New York Times recently reported on an incident where a child was...
  • Parliamentary Procedure - what just happened?
    General
    In our previous newsletter we talked about what it means to form a majority government, as opposed to having...
  • Banking Royal Commission - what are the alternatives?
    Commercial law, General
    In the wake of the recent Parliamentary news regarding a banking royal commission, one might ask what is a...
  • Local Elections September 2016
    Council, General
    We have elections for Penrith City Council, Blue Mountains City Council and Hawkesbury City Council on 10 September 2016. ...
  • Compulsory Acquisition - Westconnex
    Compulsory Acquisition, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    In 2012 the State Government ordered a review into the process of compulsory acquisition in NSW.  This review was...
  • AVOs - what does it mean if you have...
    Apprehended Violence Orders, Criminal Law
    There are many misconceptions about Apprehended Violence Orders or AVOs and what they mean for the person who is...
  • Hung Parliament
    General
        The new government was sworn in on 19 July 2016, following the election on 2 July 2016.  We had...
  • Strict Liability v Absolute Liability
    Criminal Law, Driving
    Why does it matter if strict liability and absolute liability are different?  If the charge is an absolute liability...
  • Refugees and inalienable rights
    Administrative Law
    Have you ever noticed that refugee cases are usually heard in the High Court of Australia? Have you ever wondered...
  • My Health Record
    Domestic Violence, General
    Previously we discussed the My Health digital records, as the Nepean Blue Moun­tains region has been chosen for a...
  • Interlock Program
    Criminal Law, Drink Driving or Alcohol, Driving
    Interlock is a device that is attached to a vehicle so that the vehicle cannot be started without the...
  • Compulsory Acquisition by a Mine
    Compulsory Acquisition, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    It isn’t just government bodies that can compulsorily acquire your property. Private corporations can also apply to have homes...
  • Senate Voting
    General
    There have been recent changes to the voting method for electing Senators.  For more details information follow this link.   Voting...
  • Compulsory Voting
    General
    Voting is compulsory in Australia for most adult citizens who are not serving a prison sentence of more than...
  • What is a caretaker government?
    General
    Did you know that our government has been in caretaker mode for some time now, since the government was...
  • Bullying - is your child being bullied? Would they...
    Domestic Violence
    How do we prepare children to identify and respond to bullying or abusive relationships?   Are you interested in attending a...
  • Mobile Phones
    Criminal Law, Driving
    Learner, P1 and P2 drivers On 1 December 2016 the laws surrounding mobile phone usage are changing for P2 drivers....
  • Travelling and Religious Rights
    General
    As an example of how difficult it is to figure out overseas laws, it has been pointed out that...
  • Westconnex
    Compulsory Acquisition, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    The Westconnex project is getting a lot of media attention at the moment. There is talk of people being...
  • June Long Weekend
    Criminal Law, Driving, General
    There is again a school day during the double demerit point period so please be careful this June long...
  • Strata Law Changes
    Council, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    Apparently 25% of Sydney properties are strata properties, and 50% of those are tenanted.  It is predicted that this...
  • Travelling and the Law
    Civil wrongs, Commercial law
    You may have noticed the stories about Australian mother Sally Faulkner and her children in Lebanon.  The case highlights...
  • My Health
    Domestic Violence, General
    For some reason the Nepean Blue Mountains area has been chosen for a trial of the My Health record...
  • Boundary Fences
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    Some people have very good relationships with their neighbours, and they want to fix their fence but they don't...
  • Pool and Spa Fences
    Council, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    There are new changes to the pool and spa fencing laws which will come into effect on 29 April 2016....
  • Insurance Audit
    Civil wrongs, Commercial law, Estates and Wills, Superannuation
    The cost of private health insurance has increased by 5.6% in April, and a recent ‘Choice’ report states that...
  • Estate Planning
    Estates and Wills
    It is important that you plan and think about your Estate before it is too late.  We recently spoke...
  • Mutual Wills - The Pros and Cons
    Estates and Wills, Family law
    We are often asked to prepare a Will that cannot be challenged. In the financial year ending 2013 approximately...
  • Unwanted contact
    Apprehended Violence Orders, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Family law
    Somebody won't leave me alone Sometimes at Coode & Corry we talk to clients who are being stalked or harassed...
  • Family Law and your Estate
    Estates and Wills, Family law
    If you are ending a relationship you should think about your Will.  There are a number of potential Estate...
  • Family Law - How can we help?
    Family law
    The break up of a relationship is usually a very stressful time. We understand this, and realise that most...
  • Best for Children
    Family law
    Isn't it best for the kids if we just agree to agree? Parents normally want what is best for their...
  • Monthly Newsletters
    General
    As part of our new year’s resolutions, we have decided to publish monthly newsletters and more articles on our...
  • Purchasing off the plan
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    In December’s newsletter we gave you some information about proposed new legislation regarding developers and sunset clauses. That legislation has...
  • Double Demerit Points This Easter
    Criminal Law, Driving
    The Easter long weekend is not during school holidays this year and while this is a great opportunity to...
  • New Laws for Real Estate Agents
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    There are new ‘under-quoting laws’ that apply in NSW for the sale of residential property from 1 January 2016. ...
  • Purchasing over Christmas break
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    If you are looking to purchase new property over the Christmas break, it is important that you understand your...
  • Purchasing off the plan
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    There has been an ever growing increase in purchasing real estate off the plan, as developers are selling properties...
  • Double Demerit Points
    Criminal Law, Driving
    As you plan your holidays, family visits, outings and shopping trips over the Christmas break, don’t forget about double...
  • Consumer Laws
    Civil wrongs
    Unfortunately while we have a robust system of consumer laws, many retailers are at best disingenuous about those rights. For...
  • Family Law Filing Fees
    Family law
    The Family Court  filing fees were due to increase on 1 July 2015, but the increases were actually blocked...
  • Family Provision Claims
    Estates and Wills
    As we warn all of our Wills clients at Coode & Corry, one of the fastest growing areas of...
  • New Staff
    General
    As most of our clients probably know by now, our solicitor Winnie Chan left at the end of last...
  • Silence is Golden
    Criminal Law, Drink Driving or Alcohol, Driving
    At least once every month I see a client who has badly compromised their situation by saying things during...
  • Sale of Property to the Government
    Administrative Law, Compulsory Acquisition, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    We have had several clients in the last 12 months who had property that they were being forced to...
  • Swimming Pools
    Council, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    The Swimming Pool Laws were changed so as to require anyone selling or leasing a property which included a...
  • Too good to be true
    Civil wrongs, Commercial law
    It is probably a sign of the tight economic times that we are seeing an increase in the number...
  • Domestic Violence
    Apprehended Violence Orders, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Family law
    Professionals who work in these areas talk about five types of domestic violence, they are: Physical (either causing physical pain,...
  • Why do I need a Will?
    Estates and Wills, Superannuation
    Why do I need a Will?  As previously discussed, it is important that you either amend your Will, if you...
  • I want to settle, what is the process?
    Family law
    I want to settle, what is the process? What is the first step? If you instruct us to act for you,...
  • What is Family Dispute Resolution & Do I Need...
    Family law
    If the custody or care arrangements for children are in dispute then it will be necessary to attend a...
  • I am an Executor
    Estates and Wills, Superannuation
    What information do I need to give to Coode & Corry? To allow us to proceed with the necessary work...
  • Domestic Violence Seminars
    Apprehended Violence Orders, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Family law, Projects
    There are many different statistics available in relation to domestic violence, but all of them point to a serious...
  • Do I want Consent Orders or a Financial...
    Family law
    What is the difference between a Binding Financial Agreement (BFA) and Consent Orders? In this article we give more details...
  • Best for Children
    Family law
    Isn't it best for the kids if we just agree to agree? Parents normally want what is best for their...
  • ACQUISITIONS
    Compulsory Acquisition, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    ACQUISITIONS When property is being  purchased , either by a government body such as a local council or the Department...
  • GITTANY TRIAL
    Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Family law
    Traditional media and social media attention has been focused on the Gittany trial, where Mr Gittany has now been...
  • WHAT IS A DE FACTO?
    Estates and Wills, Family law, General
    At Coode & Corry, we are often asked, when does someone become a de facto?  The answer we give...
  • JUST SIGN THIS SIMPLE DOCUMENT
    Family law, General
    Lawyers can all tell stories about clients who have been convinced to “just sign” a document, without wasting money...
  • PARKING FINES
    Driving, General
    From Letters to the Editor in one of our local newspapers, I gather a number of people have been...
  • NEW OPENING HOURS
    General
    As a result of the response to our decision to open late on Tuesday and Thursday nights, we are...
  • SWIMMING POOLS TIMEBOMB
    Council, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    The laws in relation to swimming pools and the obligations imposed upon property owners have been changed so that...
  • DEBT—CAN SPREAD LIKE THE FLU
    Estates and Wills, Family law, General
    The problems caused by debts in general and in particular the problems caused by someone going into Bankruptcy affect...
  • SMALL BUSINESS COMMISSIONER
    Civil wrongs, General
    On the 2nd of May, 2013, the New South Wales Parliament passed a Law called the Small Business Commissioner...
  • BUSINESS NAME
    Civil wrongs, Commercial law, General
    Many people are under the mistaken belief that if they register their Business Name with the Australian Securities and...
  • COLOURFUL RACING IDENTITIES
    General
    We all watched with amusement, the investigation by Racing Stewards into the activities of high profile horse trainer, Gai...
  • ASADA—HERO OR VILLIAN
    General
    When we read about Australians caught up in problems in overseas countries where the Police have the power to...
  • SPANISH & ITALIAN LANGUAGES SPOKEN
    General
    One of our staff members at Coode & Corry speaks Spanish fluently as her ‘mother tongue’ or first language...
  • HABITUAL OFFENDER DECLARATIONS
    Criminal Law, Driving, General
    Section 199 of the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act stipulates that if a person has been convicted...
  • CONFUSION re NEW ROAD RULES
    Criminal Law, Driving, General
    There has been a fair bit of publicity recently in regard to changes to the road rules relating particularly...
  • Superannuation and your binding nomination
    Commercial law, Estates and Wills, Family law, Superannuation
    Superannuation is a common asset in Australia and is often the largest asset someone has when they die.  Remember...
  • MORE TECHNOLOGY
    General
    A further example of technology creating difficult issues is that increasingly people buy books or music which they store...
  • WHO OWNS TECHNOLOGY?
    Civil wrongs, Commercial law, General
    The speed with which technology is changing is causing problems in many areas of life.   We recently came across...
  • CHRISTMAS TRADING
    General
    Over the Christmas break the offices of Coode & Corry will close at 1.00p.m. on Friday 21 December 2012...
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
    Apprehended Violence Orders, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Projects
    I think everybody agrees that violence within a domestic relationship (no matter what type of relationship we are talking...
  • Organ Donors
    Driving, Estates and Wills, General
    The Roads and Maritime Service (formerly the RTA) has phased out the system whereby a person can have a...
  • PROTECTION OF ASSETS
    Civil wrongs, Commercial law, General, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    A well known lawyer has recently entered into bankruptcy as a result of various issues surrounding his business. The...
  • STAMP DUTY AND NEW HOME GRANTS
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    There have been recent changes to the stamp duty and grants scheme for purchasers of new homes worth up...
  • FINANCIAL DISTRESS
    Civil wrongs, Commercial law
    During these trying financial times it is not unusual to see clients who are suffering from financial distress.  There...
  • TRADE CREDITORS
    Civil wrongs, Commercial law
    A new National Register for what are described as personal property securities has been established.  The purpose of the...
  • PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS NAME
    Commercial law, General
    Most people think, incorrectly, that if they register their business name under the Business Names Registration procedures that they...
  • COODE & CORRY WEBSITE
    General, Projects
    We are thinking of making changes to the Coode & Corry website and want to try and obtain some...
  • DISPUTED BANK FEES
    Commercial law, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    We are seeing a significant number of clients now who are having problems with the fees that Banks are...
  • First Home Owner's Scheme
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    The Parliament has passed a Bill confirming that the stamp duty exemption will no longer apply to first home...
  • Entrapment
    Criminal Law
    It is not unusual for the Police, when charging someone for criminal offences relating to activities whereby the person...
  • The Right To Silence
    Apprehended Violence Orders, Criminal Law, Drink Driving or Alcohol, Driving
    Being questioned by the Police is always a difficult and stressful thing.   Often however the ultimate result in Court...
  • Retirement Villages
    Commercial law, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    In the past, owners of Units in Retirement Villages have often complained about being forced to use only an...
  • Residential Bonds
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    Currently a Landlord must lodge all residential tenancy bonds with the Department of Fair Trading, and so when a...
  • Tenant’s Depreciation Claim
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    We are not Accountants or Tax Advisors however I recently read a short article indicating that not only can...
  • Unsolicited Sales Law
    Commercial law, General, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    If a customer enters into a Contract which is “unsolicited” then under the new Australian Consumer Law which came...
  • Director’s Liability Law Changed
    Administrative Law
    Various laws impose personal liability on Directors and Managers of companies for offences that arecommitted by the company....
  • Stamp Duty Changes
    Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    Under the New South Wales Home Builders Bonus Scheme there is a Stamp Duty exemption for new housing purchased...
  • Seizing Licences
    Criminal Law, Drink Driving or Alcohol, Driving
    The traffic laws have been altered so that the Police have the power to confiscate a driver’s Licence at...
  • Money for Retirement
    General
    There have been a number of products on the market aimed at retirees such as what have been called...
  • Superannuation Funds
    Estates and Wills, General
    Superannuation funds are not bound by your Will and your appeals against their decisions are limited. You should complete...
  • Refund of Legal Costs
    Criminal Law, General
    Bruce Coode recently represented a  client who was charged with eleven (11) charges by the Police including several counts...
  • Complaints to the Ombudsman
    General
    We have had success contacting the Telecommunications Ombudsman in relation to disputes with a mobile phone provider.  If...
  • Ponzi Schemes
    Commercial law, General
    Despite what the media would have us believe, the global financial crisis does not appear to be over. In...
  • Planning Approvals & Compulsory Acquisitions
    Compulsory Acquisition, Construction law, Council, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    Planning approvals and compulsory acquisitions are receiving a lot of attention in the media at the moment. The state...
  • Change of Name
    General
    The terms legal and illegal are often used loosely and inappropriately.  They can be used in relation to something...
  • New Residential Tenancies Law
    Leases, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    The NSW Parliament has passed the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 which is expected to commence in January 2011. The...
  • Government Decisions can’t avoid Scrutiny
    General
    Two Sri Lankan seeking refuge in Australia were held at Christmas Island, which is classified as an ‘excised offshore...
  • Your Will & Estate Planning
    Estates and Wills, Superannuation
    Many people do not seriously think about their  Wills, or how their estate should be arranged when they die. Trusts You...
  • Administrative Law
    Administrative Law
    Sports Tribunals Most sporting organisations have a set of rules and a Tribunal system to deal with infringements of the...
  • Banks Dishonouring Cheques
    General
    The public and the media have paid a lot of attention recently to the banks, their rates, fees and...
  • Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999...
    Construction law
    This is an important and powerful Act because it imposes a very strict timeframe. Any attempt to contract out...
  • Deceased Estates
    Estates and Wills
    We recently held a Seminar at St Stephens Anglican Church where Janis Donnelly-Coode from this office discussed Wills, Powers...
  • Deceased Estates
    Estates and Wills, Superannuation
    We recently held a Seminar at St Stephens Anglican Church where Janis Donnelly-Coode from this office discussed Wills, Powers...
  • Complaints to the Ombudsman
    Civil wrongs, Commercial law
    We have had success contacting the Telecommunications Ombudsman in relation to disputes with a mobile phone provider.  If you...
  • Is directors’ insurance worthwhile?
    Commercial law
    Directors often take out what is called directors and officers insurance to cover their legal costs if they are...
  • Family Law changes the definition of 'Defacto Couples'
    Family law
    It has for some time been a common misconception that in order for a de facto relationship to be...
  • New Police Car Chase Laws
    Criminal Law, Driving
    On 25 February 2010 the NSW Minister for Police, Mr Michael Daley, introduced the Crimes Amendment (Police Pursuits) Bill...
  • New Police Car Chase Laws
    Criminal Law
    On 25 February 2010 the NSW Minister for Police, Mr Michael Daley, introduced the Crimes Amendment (Police Pursuits) Bill...
  • Bankruptcy and the home owner
    Commercial law
      The uncertain times we are currently experiencing have seen the number of bankruptcies increase. One of the more common...
  • Do you dare lend your car to your child?
    Criminal Law
    It is something of a tradition in our society for children to borrow their parent’s car when the children...
  • Are you being treated unfairly?
    Administrative Law, Civil wrongs
    It is sometimes thought by those running voluntary groups , such as sporting bodies or licensed Clubs that they...
  • Biker Laws - are they just a con job?
    Criminal Law
    Everyone probably agrees that something had to be done about the criminal activities of some “biker gangs” and their...
  • Can credit cards be safer than cash?
    Commercial law
    In the current economic climate ( recession? ) it is not all that unusual unfortunately for retailers and/or suppliers...
  • Who do I sue?
    Commercial law
    When something goes wrong and you want to bring legal proceedings against someone it can be difficult to work...
  • Salary cap bunnies
    Commercial law
    In the last edition of the newsletter we discussed a case concerning the South Sydney leagues club which we...
  • Compensating for the cost of raising a child
    Civil wrongs
    Recently the High Court dealt with a claim by parents against a doctor for negligence after the wife became...
  • Tree branches
    General
    If a neighbours tree has branches coming onto your property then you may be wondering what you can do...
  • Employees as carers
    Commercial law
    An employee who is a ‘carer’ for someone has a right to ask their employer to alter their work...
  • Access to neighbours’ land
    Administrative Law, Compulsory Acquisition, Council, Real Estate or Conveyancing Law
    Several laws potentially give people the right to gain access to , or other rights over, a neighbours land. The...
  • The last bunny
    Commercial law
    In what is probably the last remaining piece of litigation arising from the ‘Super League’ war between News Limited and the...