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Can Generative AI Replace Your Lawyer?


Artificial intelligence is fundamentally reshaping how we access information and work. The emergence of generative AI has pushed the boundaries of what technology can achieve raising important questions about the potential for artificial intelligence to replace human professionals, including lawyers. In this article, our commercial law team considers the question of whether generative AI can replace us. Read More.


Australian Immigration - "The State Of Queensland Is Open For Business"


Exploring a move to the Land Down Under? Queensland beckons as a premier destination, from the iconic Great Barrier Reef to the bustling city of Brisbane. Excitingly, Queensland has announced its state-nominated visa program for 2023-24, presenting golden opportunities for potential immigrants. However, navigating the intricate landscape of immigration policies can be daunting. This article delves into the latest updates, eligibility criteria, and critical dates. For those considering this life-changing journey, expert guidance is essential. Ramsden Lawyers, with their vast experience in Australian immigration, stands ready to assist. Dive into our comprehensive guide and discover how to make Queensland your new home. Read More.


The Great Debate Over The Elvis Estate


Navigating the complexities of estate disputes, highlighted by the tumultuous Presley/Keough family saga over Elvis's massive estate, underscores the necessity for clear legal documentation and expert guidance. The article delves deep into the intricacies of contesting a Will in the Australian context, particularly in Queensland. From legitimacy issues rooted in inconsistent signatures to the adequacy of beneficiaries' entitlements, it's evident how vital adherence to legal standards is in ensuring the rightful distribution of assets. Ramsden Lawyers offers an invaluable lifeline in these intricate legal terrains, emphasising the importance of proactive measures and specialised counsel to prevent familial discord and safeguard assets. Read More.

Tax Disputes

Tax Disputes Rising: ATO Sheds Light On 2023-2027 Strategies


The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) recently unveiled its Corporate Plan for 2023-2027, placing a magnifying glass over areas like small business tax, multinational tax performance, and more. Amid a rise in insolvencies, the ATO is vigorously pursuing overdue small business tax, with a noticeable shift from the leniency observed during the pandemic. Their message is unequivocal: "Pay up or pack up." This shift mandates a heightened vigilance from taxpayers. The risk of added scrutiny is real whether you're a landlord, work-from-home employee, or investor. It's an urgent call for individuals and businesses to reassess their tax strategies, seek expert counsel, and ensure full compliance to avoid dire consequences. Read More.

Alternative Dispute Resolutions To Untie The Knot


Divorce or legal separation doesn’t always need to be settled in court. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as mediation and arbitration, can provide a private and less acrimonious way to reach mutually agreeable solutions. In mediation, an impartial professional assist both parties in discussing preferred outcomes and reach a nonbinding agreement. If partners can't agree on outcomes, arbitration may be the next best option, where a private judge will make a binding judgment. The pros of mediation and arbitration include saving time and money, maintaining confidentiality, less stress for children, and retaining control over outcomes. However, the cons of mediation and arbitration include the need for legal advice, the requirement for both partners to compromise, the absence of the right to appeal, and the inability to uncover hidden assets or income. Therefore, if a partner is not willing to negotiate or compromise or if hidden assets are suspected, mediation or arbitration may not be effective in resolving divorce issues. Read More.

Estate Administration

Being Appointed as Executor Or Administrator Of An Estate – Role, Responsibilities, Risk And Rewards


A Will is a fundamental legal document, and being named as its executor signifies immense trust to execute the deceased's final wishes. The executor, appointed by the Will's creator, manages the deceased's affairs after their passing. If no valid Will exists, the person is said to have died intestate, and the rules of intestacy apply. In such cases, the Court may appoint an administrator, a role akin to an executor. The chief responsibility of both roles is to administer the estate of the deceased, which includes tasks like obtaining probate, managing estate assets, and settling debts. Given the immense responsibility, executors also face legal risks. However, there's a silver lining: Executors can claim commission for their services, reflecting the magnitude and importance of their role. Read More.

voluntary administration

Digging Into Disaster: Aerison's Quality Of Work Dispute With Roy Hill And The Collapse Into Voluntary Administration


Aerison's recent voluntary administration, spurred by a $47.5 million commercial dispute with Roy Hill's iron ore mine, unveils the complex dynamics of mining industry commercial relationships. With over 250 jobs at risk and an intricate web of negotiations, COVID-19 pandemic challenges, and legal procedures, the mining giant's fall casts a shadow on corporate insolvency options. The Aerison-Roy Hill case is a cautionary tale, underscoring the fragility and potential pitfalls in today's rapidly deteriorating commercial environment. Read More.

Personal injury compensation

Understanding Personal Injury Compensation: What Am I Entitled To?


Take control of your personal injury claim and secure the compensation you rightfully deserve. At Evolve Legal, our team of experienced personal injury lawyers is ready to guide you through the complexities of your case, ensuring your rights are protected every step of the way. We understand the unique nature of each situation and will work tirelessly to assess your case, gather compelling evidence, and advocate passionately on your behalf. Don't let your injuries go uncompensated. Contact Ramsden Lawyers today and let us fight for the justice and fair settlement you deserve. Read More.

Building Contacts

Price Hikes v Legal Rights – The Lawfulness of Price Escalation Clauses


Price increases in "fixed fee contracts" have become common in today's market, especially in the building and construction sector, where the cost of materials is ever rising, and labour shortages plague the industry. In the recent case of Perera v Bold Properties (QLD) Pty Ltd [2023] QDC 99, the court considered the enforceability and lawfulness of a price escalation clause contained within a Queensland building contract, with the court ruling that the clause in question was void and unenforceable. In this article, our commercial law team explores the background and implications of this case and the key takeaways for consumers and builders. Read More.

Partner Migration

Is It Possible For My Partner To Act As A Sponsor For My Visa Application?


This article explains how your Australian partner can sponsor your visa application. It outlines the two stages of the Partner Visa process, the stringent requirements, and the importance of providing substantial evidence to prove the genuineness of your relationship. The article also discusses the support offered by Ramsden Lawyers to help applicants navigate this complex process successfully. Read More.

New Zealanders

Direct Pathway To Australian Citizenship For New Zealanders


The Australian Government's recent policy change presents a direct pathway to Australian citizenship for eligible New Zealand citizens residing in Australia. This marks a noteworthy shift in the migration policy between the two countries, with the aim of simplifying the process of obtaining Australian citizenship for New Zealanders living in Australia. The policy will take effect from 1st July 2023. This article highlights the importance of this change and its influence on the lives of New Zealanders residing in Australia. Read More.

Family Provision application

All Is Fair In Love And War: Family Provision Application


The article explains how to contest a will through a Family Provision Application (FPA). It highlights three factors to consider before making an FPA claim, including eligibility, time limits, and the factors the court considers when determining the claim. The article concludes by stating that Ramsden Lawyers can assist those considering making an FPA claim or supporting eligible individuals who wish to pursue a claim against an estate for further provision. Read More.