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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, and there was shoddy painting […]

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

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 testator.’ That section applies unless the will has been drafted in contemplation of marriage to your significant other. If you are planning to get married as soon as legally

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“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 Agreements under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)). 

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DTL 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 to the LGBTI community in Sydney’s west. People from all walks of life came

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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 allow police to take a

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