How damaging can a guarantee be?

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?

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?

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

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?

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 […]

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Conflict clauses in Enduring Power of Attorney documents

We at Cooke & Hutchinson Lawyers have focused a great deal the last couple of months on elder abuse and this is because of the increase in the number of cases we have seen in a very short timeframe. So when we see articles in a newspaper or a magazine which encourages people to […]