• 17
  • Sep
  • 2019
Clear off! How Clearing Away Vegetation on Property Could Cost You

Clear off! How Clearing Away Vegetation on Property Could Cost You

Most people are unaware that vegetation on their land is often protected by certain legislation. Therefore, if you do not have authorisation to remove vegetation and do so anyway, this could result in significant fines being issued either by the State or Federal government. Vegetation clearing laws are quite complex and failure to comply with the Vegetation Management Act 1999 (Qld) can be costly in certain situation. For example, in March 2017 a Queensland rural landowner was fined almost $1,000,000 for clearing 350 hectares of native vegetation on his rural property without gaining authorization first. Although these laws mostly affect persons living in rural areas where vegetation is

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  • 13
  • Sep
  • 2019
How to Transfer Farm Land to Family Members

How to Transfer Farm Land to Family Members

Intergenerational Farm Transfers – Transfer Duty Concessions for the Family Farm The Queensland Government has abolished transfer duty on family farm properties. These changes are aimed at dealing with legacy issues within the Queensland farming sector by making is financially easier for children to buy their parents property when the latter are seeking to retire. Farming Transfer Duty Concessions – Background Under the previous legislative provision, transfer duty only applied to the transfer of farm land (associated with livestock, plant and equipment) between family members where the transfer was termed as a “gift” and Succession planning was therefore an expensive undertaking for rural families as many families could simply

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  • 28
  • Mar
  • 2019
How To Find a Lawyer That “Wants Your Business”

How To Find a Lawyer That “Wants Your Business”

One major advantage about finding a lawyer that actually wants your business is they’ll more likely be willing to negotiate a better deal to get your business, as compared to a lawyer who is already overrun with clients and can charge at will. There are a lot of law firms throughout Australia and not every one of them is going to be snowed under with business all of the time, so finding one that has both some free time and needs a few new clients on their books is to your benefit. With The Law App you’ll likely be able to negotiate a much better price for their

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  • 19
  • Mar
  • 2019
Compliance Reliance. What to Know Before Buying a Property

Compliance Reliance. What to Know Before Buying a Property

Caveat Emptor – Buyer Beware All property sales in Queensland are based upon the principle of buyer beware. It is the responsibility of the buyer to thoroughly investigate the property themselves rather than rely on information provided to them by the seller. Buying a property for the first time is perhaps one of the biggest financial decision you will make in your lifetime, which is why it is important to investigate the property as comprehensively as possible. As many properties have improvements made to them over the years (built after the original structure was constructed) such as carports, pools, sheds, decks and other renovations, it is important to

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