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Publications on this website are provided as a service to clients, colleagues, and others for general information only. This information is not designed to provide legal or other advice or create a lawyer-client relationship. You should not take, or refrain from taking action based on its content.

Negotiating a commercial lease during COVID-19

For many business owners, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted their ability to meet their obligations under a commercial lease. This has a flow-on effect to landlords who may also be struggling financially during this period, creating tension and leading to rental disputes. This brief discusses current legislative responses to the impact of COVID-19 and what it means for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and their landlords. Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 In response to the pandemic, the NSW Government enacted the Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 (Regulation), which commenced on 24 April 2020 and gives effect to

MMS Briefs: What is Probate?

We are often asked what is Probate? Some clients believe that it is some form of inheritance tax or government levy on estates. Probate is simply official recognition from the Supreme Court that an executor has the right to administer an estate according to the terms of a will. It also confirms the validity of the will to varying degrees, depending on the type of grant. The Court's fee for granting Probate is calculated on a scale relative to the size of the estate. For instance, if the estate is worth less than $100,000 then there is no fee. But if its worth more than $5M then the fee is about $6,000. Is Probate always required? No. The question of whether Probate will be required depends o

Congratulations Chloe!

We officially have another lawyer! Congratulations to Chloe Harrison who has been admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW as a solicitor. Chloe has been with us for many years and we are excited about supporting her through the next stage of her career.

Managing the Risk of Losing Capacity

“More and more, she was experiencing a growing distance from her self-awareness. Her sense of Alice—what she knew and understood, what she liked and disliked, how she felt and perceived—was also like a soap bubble, ever higher in the sky and more difficult to identify, with nothing but the thinnest lipid membrane protecting it from popping into thinner air.” Still Alice by Lisa Genova Film and trivia buffs will know that Julianne Moore won an Oscar for best actress in 2015 for her role in Still Alice. The film was an adaptation of Lisa Genova’s book of the same name which tells the story of a linguistics professor in her 50s being diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s disease and her de

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