Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky (BBV) is one of Western Australia’s most respected law firms, delivering legal advice and solutions across a full range of practice areas.
BBV is the first significant law firm in Perth to offer legal services on a Fixed Fee Pricing basis – we no longer bill by the hour. This revolutionary approach focuses on delivering greater certainty and peace of mind to our clients. It is also consistent with our intent to become a firm of the future. In adopting Fixed Fee Pricing, BBV is helping shape the future of the legal profession into one that is more client focused and outcome driven.
Recognised by the Law Society of Western Australia as an Approved Quality Practice, BBV is also the proud winner of the prestigious Law Australasia Pursuit of Excellence Award.
Daniel Yazdani, Solicitor at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers
21 July 2017
You have invested a lot of time and money into having a carefully crafted Will prepared as part of your estate planning.
What happens if some time later you look for your Will and you cannot find it?
This question has been frequently asked. But why is finding the original Will important? The answer is: your original Will is required to be provided to the Supreme Court of Western Australia as part of your Executor’s Application for a Grant of Probate of your Will.
What happens if an Executor can only find copies of the signed Will?
Although it is procedurally more difficult, a copy of a Will can (in certain circumstances) be admitted for a Grant of Probate. In these cases, the Supreme Court must be satisfied that the copy of the Will reflects the last Will of the deceased person concerned.
Posted on: Jul 21, 2017
By Les Buchbinder, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers
21 June 2017
Surely I can save money by terminating the employment of a worker and then re-engage them as an independent contractor?
Not so fast....
Recently the Federal Court of Australia imposed a significant financial penalty against a company after that company was found to have breached the sham contracting provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) ("the Act").
Section 357 of the Act protects genuine employees from "sham" arrangements in which they are portrayed as being independent contractors whereas in reality they are genuine employees.
Genuine employees are entitled to a range of rights and benefits (including sick leave, holiday pay and superannuation) whereas independent contractors do not enjoy these same benefits.
A sham self-employment contract arises in circumstances where a person is engaged to undertake certain work and/or provide certain services ostensibly as an independent contractor when the true situation is that they are not actually an independent contractor at all but an employee.
Posted on: Jun 21, 2017
By Rhonda Griffiths, Special Counsel at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers
10 April 2017
Along with the disruption and uncertainty surrounding a marriage breakdown separating couples have to also consider whether or not they need to engage a lawyer.
Although there are many services available for couples, in particular through the Family Relationship Centre system, in most cases it becomes very obvious that both parties need to have some legal advice.
The Process of Separation
There is always one party who knows they are going to be leaving the relationship before the other. That often causes great distress when a party realises that the other one has ceased contributing to their relationship and is out the door, or wants you to leave.
The law does not give any pathway for separation. Parties enter a relationship voluntarily and entirely without any government intervention.
Posted on: Apr 10, 2017
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