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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.
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11 August 2017
Here we go again....!
Several significant changes to the superannuation rules became effective from 1 July 2017.Do you really need to know about them? Yes, you do!
Not only will the changes impact on your plans for your superannuation and retirement, but they will very likely also impact on your estate planning objectives and arrangements.
Ok, So What Has Changed?
In summary, the new rules after 30 June 2017 in relation to pensions include the following:
1. A person cannot start a pension with an account balance supporting a pension of over $1.6m (or continue such a pension after 30 June 2017).
2. This limit is called a person’s “transfer balance cap”.
3. When a person starts a pension after 30 June 2017, they will have a “transfer balance account”.
Posted on: Aug 11, 2017
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
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