In Australia individuals and companies can protect ideas, brands and inventions, often referred to as Intellectual Property (IP), by registering them. It is very important that you understand the difference between a Trade Mark, copyright and a patent so that your IP is properly protected and accepted for registration.
The Victorian Government has outlined the vaccination requirements for all workers who wish to return to working in an office or public facing setting.
If you are a small business within the definition of the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code, it is very important that you are aware of the rules that govern your ability to dismiss an employee
RNG Lawyers Amanda Di Placido recently became an Accredited Family Law Specialist. Congratulations Amanda on this fantastic achievement.
The Victorian Government has announced that all workers currently on the list of authorised workers must receive their first dose of a Covid-19 Vaccination by 22 October 2021 in order to continue to work outside their homes, and to have received their second dose by 26 November 2021.
Many married couples have a Will appointing each other as Executor and providing that in the event of their death, their spouse will inherit part, if not all, of their estate. Separation and divorce both have varying effects on your Will and it is important to update your Will immediately after you separate from your spouse.
Should you register a Trade Mark with IP Australia for the purpose of protecting your brand in the Australian marketplace? To be able to properly consider this question, it is important to understand the difference between a Trade Mark, a Business Name and a Company.
The Victorian Government has released their Roadmap for the easing of Covid-19 Restrictions, which has been pinned to the level of vaccination in the community and the stress on our hospital system. Employers may wish to encourage their staff to get vaccinated, to protect the overall health of their team and their customers
On 1 September 2021, the Federal Circuit court and Family Court of Australia merged and is now known as the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (“FCFCA”). The FCFCA aims to be innovative, fair and efficient with a focus on risk, responsiveness and resolution.
On the 5th of August 2021 the Victorian Government passed an Act of Parliament for a new Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme 2021 to take effect from 28 July 2021.
Creditors who are owed debts often consider the possibility of issuing a Bankruptcy Notice against the debtor. Before such a course of action is taken, serious consideration needs to be given to the appropriateness of issuing a Bankruptcy Notice.
Through its recent reforms, Victoria has paved the way for the effective delivery of critical services and increased access to justice by introducing permanent changes to the way documents are signed. RNG Lawyers has become well-versed in the recent law reforms and legislative changes and will ensure that your documents meet all the required formalities of being validly executed documents.
Since the 1st of March 2020 the State Revenue Office of (SRO) have altered their approach in determining when foreign purchasers of property in Victoria are required to pay the Foreign Purchaser of Property Duty (FPAD).
RNG Lawyers congratulates Partner's and Accredited Law Specialists' in their field Kate Greenwood and Adrian Riccioni. The 1st of July 2021 commemorates Kates' 30 years of partnership and 30 years since Adrian first started at RNG Lawyers.
Hear from the RNG Lawyers Commercial Law team regarding the rules around s127 of the Corporations Act. These rules were amended by the Corporations (Coronavirus Economic Response) Determination (No. 1) 2020. This introduced changes to help deal with the new working environment accelerated by the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Between April 2020 and March 2021 the Retails Leases Amendment Act 2020 was passed into law and made effective from 22 September 2020. This amending legislation has made a number of changes to the Retail Leases Act 2003 and other associated legislation.
The Australian Government has announced that they will be investing $400 million towards the family law system with a focus on assisting women and children access justice and to improve court efficiency.
At RNG Lawyers, we have seen a rise in the number of people living in a de facto relationship. It is generally easy to prove whether two people are legally married but establishing whether a de facto relationship does or does not exist can sometimes prove more difficult.
On the 19th of April 2021 education workers, hospitals, ambulance workers and community health centres will join the Child Information Sharing Scheme to assist in detecting family violence early.
With the COVID-19 Pandemic continuing to effect everyday life, changes to the way we interact with the legal and justice system continue to be an important feature of the way we work and offer our services.
The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia have now established a COVID-19 List to give urgent attention to family law disputes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stephanie Rendell, Associate Solicitor and Head of Wills & Estates at RNG Lawyers, explains how long it takes to act in an estate and what you can do when an Executor is taking too long.
Head of RNG Lawyers Litigation team, Peter Sgro, discusses the Job Keeper Payment scheme and several cases in the Fair Work Commission concerning Job Keeper.
As result of the COVID-19 Pandemic businesses have had to adapt in having staff working from home. Moving forward, working from home may be the new norm for many employees. As result of this, employers are still obligated in ensuring employees have a safe and suitable working environment both in the office and at home.
Exciting news regarding the introduction of electronic filing to the Supreme Court of Victoria for all applications from the 1 July 2020.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Victorian Government have made it temporarily possible to sign wills and some other documents by electronic means and using AV Links.
It is common for families to lend money to each other, particularly parents to their adult children. Stephanie Rendell, Associate Solicitor and Head of the RNG Lawyers Wills & Estates Team, explains how to make these loans enforceable.
Sadly, some attorneys abuse their powers as attorney to misappropriate funds for their own benefit. Stephanie Rendell, Associate Solicitor and Head of the RNG Lawyers Wills & Estates Team, explains what you can do if you suspect an attorney has taken money or assets from you or a loved one.
Separated couples are often faced with the issue of who keeps the engagement ring. The answer to this question depends on many factors, such as the length of the relationship, the value of the engagement ring and whether the parties married or not.
RNG Lawyers congratulates Partner and head of the Commercial Law team, Adrian Riccioni. Adrian has been practising as an Accredited Business/Law specialist since 1995, this year commemorates his 25 year milestone of accredited practice.
Stephanie Rendell, RNG Lawyers Senior Associate and head of Wills & Estates team features on 'Life Admin Life Hack's' podcast discussing elder care planning.
There has previously been significant uncertainty about what employees are covered by the Miscellaneous Award 2010. The decision of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (Commission) of 25 March 2020 (Decision) has provided some further clarification on this issue.
RNG Lawyers Commercial law team can assist you if you have been terminated or resigned due to the recent restrictions implemented by the government to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the current climate, it is important to consider your wishes and values when it comes to medical treatment and assess whether an Advanced Care Directives is right for you. Stephanie Rendell, Associate Solicitor and Head of Wills & Estates at RNG Lawyers explains Advanced Care Directives, their purpose and how they are used.
The effect and considerations needing to be made due to the government restrictions placed on social gatherings and non-essential businesses in response to the COVID-19 virus.
Are you struggling paying your mortgage, unsecured loan or credit card debts as a result of the economic downturn? Chat with RNG Lawyers Commercial Law team to assist you in navigating this hard time.
Stephanie Rendell, Associate Solicitor and Head of Wills & Estates at RNG Lawyers explains how to appoint a Medical Treatment Decision Maker and what happens if you have not nominated someone and you lose capacity.
Contributions are relevant in determining you and your partner's entitlements to a property settlement after the breakdown of your relationship.
Associate and head of RNG Lawyers Wills and Estates team Stephanie Rendell, visits Heathmont Men's Probus Club to discuss elder care planning.
This October, the Partners and staff at RNG Lawyers participated in the clothing drive by donating professional clothes and accessories in good condition to support WFS. We were overwhelmed by the response from our staff by supporting this social justice initiative and look forward to participating again next year!
Whether you are a new start up or a well-established business, there are aspects of the Law that will apply to your business at all stages of its life cycle. The RNG Lawyers Commercial Law Team have put together a helpful list of tips to make sure your business is set up as best as it can be.
The general purpose of executor’s remuneration is to pay the executor for the time spent by them performing the role. Remuneration clauses are more common when you appoint a professional person or entity as your executor (as opposed to a family member) or if you expect that your estate will be particularly onerous. The RNG Lawyers, Wills and Estates team gives a summary on the topic in our latest blog.
Intellectual property can be one of your businesses most valuable assets. Your business needs to assess what intellectual property it has and whether it is being protected. Our RNG Lawyer Business Law Team have put together a guideline to things you should consider.
A guide on some of the do's and dont's when buying a business. RNG Lawyers expert commercial team are here to help you make sure you are buying what you bargained for.
RNG Lawyer Peter Sgro (Head of Commercial Disputes) explains how to effectively minimise the risk of unfair dismissal when terminate under-performing employees in the workplace.
Superannuation is fast overtaking the family home as most people’s major asset. Without a valid Binding Death Benefit Nomination, the Trustee of your Fund has some discretion as to how benefits can be distributed. Read this blog to find out more.
Elder Care Planning Dictionary: A clear terminology guideline to Wills and Estates. At RNG Lawyers, it is our mission to give clear and practical advice to you. We work hard to use plain English and will take the time to explain difficult concepts to you. We understand that there is a lot of confusing terminology, especially around elder care and estate planning. This dictionary is intended to clarify some of the common terminology in this area.
RNG Lawyers family lawyer, Amanda Di Placido volunteered her time to help out the Orange Sky van at the Queen Vic Market. They provide a mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness. The team at RNG helped by donating pillows, blankets and sleeping bags to provide some warmth in the cold winter months.
Our partners are pleased to announce the creation of a new dedicated Wills and Estates Team at RNG Lawyers, which commenced on 1 July 2019. The Team draws upon our experience in Estate Planning, Elder Law, Elder Care Planning and Wills & Estates disputes, which enables us to provide even greater comprehensive and expert advice in this area.
Many property owners have now received State Land Tax assessments that have massively increased on assessments from 2017 and 2018 – in some cases doubled. We have found errors in the assessments. RNG lawyers explains why you could be paying too much
I have just received an inheritance from my family, is my ex-spouse entitled to any of it? Inheritances are not a “protected category” in family law matters.This means that an inheritance received by one party will be considered by the Court in determining what is a “fair” division of assets.
RNG Lawyers is delighted to announce Jessica Black has become an Senior Associate as at 1 July 2018. Jessica Black is a dedicated family lawyer with extensive experience in parenting (custody), financial and divorce matters.
The family law sector is abuzz with talk about the newest High Court of Australia decision which delves into Part VIIA of the Family Law Act 1975 and examines the requirements for valid Binding Financial Agreements. RNG Lawyers Family Lawyers in Lilydale and Carlton review the latest BFA case.
Accredited Family Law Specialist and partner Kate Greenwood was pleased to attend a gala dinner in support of "Fitted for Work" helping disadvantaged women enter and stay in the workforce.
RNG Lawyers Wills and Estates Team has outline a brief introduction on what is involved with being an Attorney under an Enduring Power of Attorney. A power of attorney is where an adult appoints another adult to make decisions on their behalf. The scope and conditions of the authority will depend on the type of power of attorney document.
As you may be aware, the transition period for licence application ended on 30 October 2019. However, the Authority has recently announced that where a Provider submits a completed application for a License with the Authority before midnight on 31 December 2019 and there is no evidence of non-compliance, until that application is determined the Authority will not take any action against that Provider for providing labour hire services without a License, or against any Host who enters into arrangements with such a Provider.