News & Insights

The team at Hosie and Partners Solicitors keep on top of current legal changes and law updates. We want to share the latest information with you to keep you protected, so we encourage you to send us a question or read our most recent posts.

Strata unit disputes

Disputes with neighbours can be very stressful due to the proximity you share with them. So it is always a good idea to try to avoid confrontation by always speaking with them about any issues you may have with them If you live in a strata unit and your neighbour’s behaviour is unacceptable there are a number or remedies available. First contact your neighbour to discuss the issue, and if this does not work attend an Owners Corporation Meeting and complain about their behaviour. Your neighbour may be in breach of the Strata By-Laws. If they are, the Owners Corporation may issue a notice requiring your neighbour to stop the behaviour. Alternatively if the dispute cannot be resolved by the Owners Corporation you may apply to the Office of Fair Trading for medication. II the dispute cannot be settled at mediation you can apply to have the matter adjudicated at the Office of Fair Trading who will look at all the issues and evidence and make a ruling If you are then not happy with the outcome you are able to appeal to the Consumer Trade & Tenancy Tribunal. Talk to Hosie and Partners about conveyancing issues and other... read more

Consequences of unfair dismissals

As of 1 January 2010 NSW surrendered its jurisdiction to the Federal Fair Work Australia System. Unfair dismissal remedies are still available under the Fair Work Act 2009 and what must be shown is: the employee was dismissed, the dismissal was harsh (unjust or unreasonable), and the dismissal was not a case of genuine redundancy. A claim for unfair dismissal must be lodged within 21 days of the date of termination. If you have been unfairly dismissed Fair Work Australia can order: reinstatement of your job; redeployment; or compensate you up to a period of 26 weeks of pay. If you need more information on employment law, have been unfairly dismissed or seek advice on how to legally terminate an employee contact Luke Harrison at Hosie and Partners Solicitors.... read more

Importance of a will

The purpose of a Will is to enable a deceased person (testator) to leave his or her property to whoever he/she wishes. The law in Australia enables, in limited cases, certain persons depending in their circumstance to apply to the court for an order for provision from the deceased person’s estate. The claim is made for provision from an estate pursuant to the Succession Act 2006 (NSW). A number of people may apply including: A surviving husband/wife (inclusive of de facto husband/wife or partner of the deceased person). Children of the deceased person (including adapted children). Persons who were financially dependent on the deceased person and apart of the household of the deceased person including grandchildren. Grandchildren, if they were part of the deceased person’s household. A former wife or husband of the deceased person. An application must be made within 12 months of when the deceased person died. If you need more information on Wills and estate planning, have been left out of a Will or you were not adequately provided for in a Will contact Hosie and Partners Solicitors.... read more