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DTL are a firm of experienced and enthusiastic practitioners servicing all of our communities. We have a reputation for approaching even the most complex legal issues with the right balance of skill and sensitivity. We firmly believe in reaching favourable outcomes that don't cost the earth.

Free Speech in Australia is at risk – Part I

By | 2018-04-27T16:30:21+00:00 April 27th, 2018|DTL Blog|

Dowson Turco Lawyers and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights are hosting various seminars on threats to free speech in Australia through proposed laws that purport to target foreign interference and espionage but overstep their mark and encroach onto Australians’ basic human rights, particularly freedom of political speech of both organisations and individuals. Below [...]

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Free Speech in Australia is at risk – Part II

By | 2018-04-27T16:23:36+00:00 April 27th, 2018|DTL Blog|

Dowson Turco Lawyers and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights are hosting various seminars on threats to free speech in Australia through proposed laws that purport to target foreign interference and espionage but overstep their mark and encroach onto Australians’ basic human rights, particularly freedom of political speech of both organisations and individuals. Below [...]

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The Australian Home Affairs Ministry and its new powers affecting the Attorney General’s office

By | 2018-04-27T16:23:19+00:00 April 27th, 2018|DTL Blog|

Dowson Turco Lawyers and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights are hosting various seminars on threats to free speech in Australia through proposed laws that purport to target foreign interference and espionage but overstep their mark and encroach onto Australians' basic human rights. Below is a PowerPoint presentation produced by barrister [...]

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Property Settlements in the Family Court of Australia

By | 2018-03-07T17:50:18+00:00 March 7th, 2018|DTL Blog|

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 [...]

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Drug searches and police powers during Mardi Gras

By | 2018-02-23T16:26:16+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|DTL Blog|

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

By | 2018-01-22T16:14:13+00:00 December 26th, 2017|DTL Blog|

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?

By | 2017-12-12T16:42:51+00:00 December 12th, 2017|DTL Blog|

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 [...]

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

By | 2017-12-08T10:14:12+00:00 December 8th, 2017|DTL Blog|

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 [...]

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Making a Will when your brain isn’t 100%

By | 2017-11-30T10:44:34+00:00 November 30th, 2017|DTL Blog|

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 [...]

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

By | 2017-12-21T12:14:06+00:00 November 24th, 2017|DTL Blog|

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 [...]

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