Equilaw Solicitors has been providing quality legal services to its clients in the Upper Hunter region of NSW for the past 20 years.

May 2016

Welcome to the May edition of the Equilaw newsletter.

A newsletter for clients, friends of the practice and special interest groups.

This is a free service and in this edition we have some topical articles written in a helpful, no-nonsense style with plenty of practical suggestions along with some background information on the firm, our staff and our areas of practice. 

We hope you enjoy the articles.

20 years for Libby!

Equilaw congratulates longtime staff member Libby Bartholomew for notching up 20 years of working for the firm.

Currently, Libby is a legal secretary to firm partner, Annette English. She is also the keeper of Equilaw’s safe custody documents, an onerous and important job.

Initially, she joined Halletts as a casual legal secretary for Michael Hallett. Libby and her husband Ken had moved to Muswellbrook from Inverell where she was a legal secretary at Avern McIntyre.

Already an experienced legal secretary, it wasn’t long before her three-day week became a permanent five days a week gig.
Libby is one of the few secretaries in the office to know shorthand and what it was like to use a typewriter to draw up legal documents. Just recently she commented how digital dictation by solicitors was far more efficient than the days of sitting for a couple of hours taking shorthand in the rooms of a chain-smoking partner!

Thank you Libby for the great job that you do.

Swimming Pools - new compliance laws

The new provisions, which came into effect in NSW in April, require that any property with a swimming pool will need to have a certificate of compliance before it can be sold or leased.
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Why it's a bad idea to write your own Will

The purpose of a will is to direct where your assets will go when you die and to appoint a trusted person to act as your executor. So, is it really a good idea to write your own will?
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Inheritances and family law 

Families and money can sometimes be a volatile combination, never more so than when divorces and Wills are concerned. Is an inheritance received before or during a relationship an asset available for distribution between separating parties?
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This newsletter is intended to provide general information. 
You should obtain professional advice before you undertake any course of action.

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