Articles 2017-11-21T12:34:27+00:00
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Criminal records and section 10s

July 12th, 2018|Comments Off on Criminal records and section 10s

In NSW many people appearing in the Local Court for a minor offence (such as drug possession, low range drink driving, drug driving etc) will ask their lawyer to obtain a "section 10 dismissal". What they are referring to is section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 which [...]

Relationship property and expected inheritance: Family Law in Australia

July 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Relationship property and expected inheritance: Family Law in Australia

It is becoming very common in family law matters that one or both parties have older parents. If one party has an expectation of an inheritance, the other party may be able to argue that it should be relevant to the proceedings and considered for any adjustment of the relationship [...]

Tattoos, artists, and copyright: is your tattoo copywrong?

July 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Tattoos, artists, and copyright: is your tattoo copywrong?

Nowadays, the negative connotations associated with tattoos have largely dissipated. Sporting a tattoo has become almost mainstream, no doubt the elevation has been assisted by the numerous rock stars, athletes and celebrities who have a penchant for ink and a wide fan base to boot. As a person with numerous [...]

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International Surrogacy from an Australian Perspective

July 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on International Surrogacy from an Australian Perspective

What is a surrogacy agreement in NSW? A surrogacy agreement in NSW is an arrangement where a woman (referred to as the surrogate or birth mother) agrees to become pregnant for another person or persons. Once the child is born, the parentage of the child born as a result of [...]

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Sydney gay hate crimes and why we need a parliamentary inquiry

June 29th, 2018|Comments Off on Sydney gay hate crimes and why we need a parliamentary inquiry

This week the NSW Police Force released its much-awaited Parabell report into LGBTIQ hate crimes in NSW in the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. You can read our Nicholas Stewart's article on the release here. Nicholas also appeared on The Drum on Wednesday 27 July 2018. Here is an extract. [...]

Above and beyond the call of duty: police powers and over-reach

June 7th, 2018|Comments Off on Above and beyond the call of duty: police powers and over-reach

It is extraordinary that the NSW Police Force has said that its officers will deny entry to Sydney Above & Beyond ticket holders if they are flagged by a drug dog, regardless of whether drugs are found. Here is a quote from an Assistant Commissioner on the issue: “If you handle [...]

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Family Law in Australia is changing

June 7th, 2018|Comments Off on Family Law in Australia is changing

A new system of family law is coming to Australia in 2019 The Attorney General, Christian Porter, has announced that the Family Court of Australia (FC) and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (FCC) will be merged to create the amalgamated and somewhat cumbersomely named, Federal Circuit and Family Court [...]

DTL is growing its family law team

May 30th, 2018|Comments Off on DTL is growing its family law team

Why not join Australia's only out loud and proud LGBTIQ law firm? We are award-winning lawyers headquartered in Newtown and we act in matters across Australia. Apply here  Happy young lesbian couple with baby at home    

Property Settlements in the Family Court of Australia

March 7th, 2018|Comments Off on Property Settlements in the Family Court of Australia

You and your former partner have shared a life together. This may mean that together you have: shared assets and liabilities, such as property, savings accounts, credit cards and mortgages; made financial contributions towards the relationship, such as wages and salary or business profits; and made non-financial contributions, such as [...]

Drug searches and police powers during Mardi Gras

February 22nd, 2018|Comments Off on Drug searches and police powers during Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras 2013 (CC BY 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/hasitha_tudugalle/ The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the biggest event for our community. You probably already know that it is Mardi Gras’ 40th anniversary this year. So we expect you (like us) will be attending celebrations right up to the recovery parties that follow [...]

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Own a strata unit and see cracked walls, leaking ceilings, shoddy paint work or structural defects? You are not alone

December 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Own a strata unit and see cracked walls, leaking ceilings, shoddy paint work or structural defects? You are not alone

Earlier this year a good friend and loyal client of DTL's contacted us to tell us there was a structural problem in her apartment block. Our client had bought a strata unit off the plan in the inner west of Sydney. The building leaked, there were cracks appearing in walls, [...]

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Gay divorce in the age of marriage equality: is it easy?

December 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Gay divorce in the age of marriage equality: is it easy?

Introduction We are an LGBTI law firm but we service all communities. The purpose of this post is to let the LGBTI community know that not only can gays and lesbians now get married, but we can also get divorced. Because of international marriages and civil unions, as well as [...]

Marriage equality is law: the change may unintentionally impact couples’ Wills and Financial Agreements

December 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Marriage equality is law: the change may unintentionally impact couples’ Wills and Financial Agreements

Marriage equality is law: the change may unintentionally impact couples’ Wills and Financial Agreements Two girls kissing. Photo: Patrick Doheny under licencehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ Wills Wills are generally invalidated upon marriage Section 12(1) of the Succession Act 2006 (NSW) states that ‘a will is revoked by the marriage of a [...]

Making a Will when your brain isn’t 100%

November 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Making a Will when your brain isn’t 100%

Australia's ageing population means that estate planning is becoming increasingly important for a large portion of the population. With age comes deteriorating health and, as depressing as that is,  science is finding ways to increase longevity and life enjoyment. But the law requires a person to have capacity when they [...]

“Prenups” under Australian law. The High Court decides what factors impact on a pre-nup’s validity

November 24th, 2017|Comments Off on “Prenups” under Australian law. The High Court decides what factors impact on a pre-nup’s validity

THORN & KENNEDY [2017] HCA 49  As the saying goes, ‘you don’t want to spill ink on your wedding dress’.  On 8 November 2017, the High Court of Australia handed down a landmark decision clarifying the meaning of “unconscionable conduct” and “undue influence” with regard to “prenups” and “postnups” (formally known as Financial [...]

Australia says YES

November 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Australia says YES

Today, DTL celebrated an overwhelming yes vote in favour of same sex marriage. Below are some photos from the day. Congratulations Australia.   Mary Turco from the property law team and Samir Banga from the crime team One of our partners, Nicholas Stewart, who is in charge [...]

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DTL at Parramatta Pride

November 1st, 2017|Comments Off on DTL at Parramatta Pride

DTL and friends at Parramatta Pride. On the last weekend of October 2017, Dowson Turco Lawyers (DTL) attended the annual Parramatta Pride Picnic, hosted by ACON NSW. Picnics in Parramatta Parramatta Pride is an event that our firm regularly attends because it allows us to bring legal advice [...]

DTL wins two big crime cases within days of each other

October 24th, 2017|Comments Off on DTL wins two big crime cases within days of each other

  Well, lots of our friends and clients heard us bragging about our wins last week. But what were they? Matter one: Possession of house-breaking implements and drugs We successfully argued the defendant's case that he was not guilty of possessing house-breaking implements and drugs. This led the court to [...]

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Crime Prevention and Control Orders – Thought Crimes and the Evolution of Secret Soldiers

October 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Crime Prevention and Control Orders – Thought Crimes and the Evolution of Secret Soldiers

Secret soldiers In an age of terrorism, traditional military tactics fall away. Actors in the war of terror don't necessarily wear a uniform and sometimes they don't even subscribe to a state with a flag. Preventative Detention Orders Both the New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments have enacted laws that [...]

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Letter to the President of The Law Society of NSW

October 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Letter to the President of The Law Society of NSW

We recently wrote a letter to Ms Pauline Wright, President of The Law Society of NSW, voicing our support for her stance on marriage equality in Australia. We were horrified to see Ms Wright publicly criticised by marriage equality opponents and we are very concerned by the attempts by some [...]

Wills and the LGBTI community: Don’t leave your family vulnerable

October 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Wills and the LGBTI community: Don’t leave your family vulnerable

Don’t leave your family vulnerable No-one enjoys contemplating their own death. So we put the thought of it to the back of our minds and Wills are filed under ‘Future me problems’. Yet, life can be messy and unexpected. Dowson Turco Lawyers (DTL) deals with many cases where a Will [...]