What’s in a name?

By |October 7th, 2019|

This week I received a phone call from a client in a panic – she has been trading under a name for years and has built up considerable goodwill however now a competing business was using that name and taking her business.  The first question I asked her was – “do you have a […]

How damaging can a guarantee be?

By |September 30th, 2019|

Recently I was reading a news article about a con-woman in New Zealand who managed to swindle $1.5 million from her partner.  This caught my attention because it was such a large sum of money. How is it possible she was able to con someone out of that much?  The answer – she had […]

Is your text message a contract?

By |September 23rd, 2019|

During the past few weeks I have been assisting a client who unintentionally entered into a contract.  This may seem strange but is easy to do if you are not aware of the elements that make a contract binding.
My client was considering purchasing some equipment from a person in the same industry as him.  […]

Retirement Village – Time to move on?

By |September 16th, 2019|

Jim and Sue have worked tirelessly all of their lives, raised and educated two sons and two daughters, all of whom are now financially independent and have flown the coop, so to speak.
The five bedroom home for the past 25 years, whilst full of fond memories, is just too large to maintain.  The home […]

Don’t be caught Out – Have your Employment Contracts Reviewed

By |September 9th, 2019|

There has been a lot of media attention regarding George Calombaris underpaying his employees which was due to annual salaries being incorrectly calculated leading to underpayment of superannuation.  Unfortunately for George, paying your employees the incorrect amount of superannuation is one sure way to get Fair Work’s attention. 
I should confess that as a big […]

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When do I actually need a lawyer?

By |June 17th, 2019|

The general excuse for not consulting a lawyer is that is costs too much.  At Cooke & Hutchinson Lawyers, we will meet with you for 30 minutes completely free of charge.  After that meeting, we will advise and inform you of the work we see needs to be done, and give you a fixed […]