CGT & GRANNY FLATS FEDERAL GOVT CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

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Last October the Federal Government announced proposed changes to CGT exemptions for granny flat arrangement, impacting our aged and disabled communities. They have now announced their calls for submissions. If you are interested see this link:- https://treasury.gov.au/consultation/c2021-161601 To learn more about how Granny Flat arrangements impact tax and inheritances please see Christine Smyth’s article here:- https://christinesmythestatelawyers.com.au/index.php/2020/10/12/granny-flat-gains/

For, to define true madness

‘For, to define true madness’*

Posted Posted in Queensland Law Society Proctor Magazine

“When the facts change, I change my mind.”1 What we once thought was madness we now know to be any number of medical conditions that are manageable illnesses. Neurological science has progressed significantly in the 21st Century,2 so it is no surprise that people question the legal system’s reliance on legal precedents that predate scientific advancement. […]

DANGERS TO OUR DEMENTED ELDERLY

DANGERS TO OUR DEMENTED ELDERLY

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“Just cuddling” so said the official report where a demented male resident was fondling the breasts and inner thighs of a demented female resident. Staffing shortages blamed. Really? This kind of dismissive and distancing language does nothing more than devalue the real and present danger to the care of our elderly. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/11/husband-walks-in-on-wife-being-allegedly-sexually-assaulted-at-sydney-aged-care-home?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

VALE VIRTUAL VALUABLES

VALE VIRTUAL VALUABLES

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Most of our life is managed through online accounts but few of us rarely understand the technical and legal aspects of ownership of those accounts. Understanding this is becoming increasingly critical for your estate plans. One of my go to tips is to ensure any additional data storage space you might have purchased, is secured […]

PTSD & DEATH

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Royalist or Republican aside, the death of Prince Phillip – a life partner for longer than many lives, has thrown into stark view the pain of losing a loved one. This article explores the catastrophic impact of losing a life partner, likening the impact to PTSD.  “…[T]he shock and trauma when one dies is brutal. […]

PERSPECTIVE – GRIEF IS A GIFT?

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This article posits that grief serves a valuable purpose. “Your terrible pain is not the opposite of life, or a sign that you are done living. It is what happens when you see life for what it is: it’s a gift, and then it ends.” https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/apr/08/i-am-suffering-bereavement-and-feel-cut-off-from-normal-life-can-you-give-me-perspective?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

FAKE DEFACTO CLAIMS

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Shocking and sad. The lengths to which some people will go to raise estate claims is extraordinary. This article reports on a Brisbane woman who falsified documents and purchased rings to support her false claims that she was in a de facto relationship with the deceased. Her fraud was so heinous she stopped the funeral […]