NSW Home Builder applications now accepted

There has been a lot of talk following the nationwide $25,000 Home Builder grant and eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) are now being encouraged to apply. Eligibility requirements Applicants must be building a new home, substantially renovating an existing home or buying an off-the-plan home. Applicants must sign an eligible contract. An eligible contract

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Company Meetings during Covid-19 pandemic

While social distancing restrictions remain in place around the country (to varying degrees), companies are still required to hold meetings and execute documents to keep business running and comply with their corporate obligations. From today, amendments to the Corporations Act 2001 allow companies to convene online for annual general meetings and other meetings prescribed under the Act,

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Witnessing by audiovisual link

A witness no longer needs to be in the presence of the person signing.  The Attorney General announced temporary changes to the law during the COVID-19 Pandemic so that documents may be witnessed by audiovisual link.  The documents that can be witnessed remotely include: Wills. Powers of attorney. Deeds and Agreements. Enduring guardianships. Affidavits. Statutory declarations. A

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Electronic Conveyancing

The onset of COVID-19 has forced the property market to accelerate its transition into a fully functional digital model.    Recently, already digitally-savvy real estate agents have launched private virtual inspections followed by online auctions with many property transactions now conducted electronically from start to finish.  As legal professionals, we fully support the digitalisation of the

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Leasing and COVID-19

SME Leasing Principles during COVID-19: National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct IssuesA large proportion of businesses have suffered substantial downturns in business due to COVID-19. A number of business uses or premises are required to be closed. Landlords rely on the rent being paid for their livelihood. Tenants rely on the space being leased as their place of

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Wills: Security in uncertain times

During challenging times, many begin to feel uncertain of what the future may hold. Particularly in times of uncertainty, it’s important to have your estate planning reviewed and ensure your will and estate plan is current.  More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a deadly virus spreading around the world. While many may not want

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Operations Remain Unchanged

Watkins Tapsell operations currently remain unchanged, during the Coronavirus pandemic. As the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to unfold we wanted to assure you that we are open for business and remain committed to continuing to provide our excellent level of service to our clients. Our current operations continue uninterrupted. While the situation evolves, we

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