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People always think about their house, bank accounts and car when preparing their Will but no one thinks about their pets. The poor creatures who depend on us for so much are often forgotten and can be left without a home or money to look after them. 

At Caldwell Martin Cox we can discuss the different options available to you when considering this issue, that can include:

  1. Creating a Trust for your pets to cater for their future needs.
  2. Providing money to a charity in consideration of them caring for your pet when you pass.
  3. Leave your pet to a friend/family member together with a sum of money on the condition that they care for your furry friend.
  4. Creating an Advanced Pet Directive to ensure the proper ongoing care arrangements for your pet.

On Tuesday, 12 June 2018, we welcomed Kerri Franke to the CMC Team as our new Practice Manager.

Kerri will be based at our very busy Narellan office, and we are excited to have another local join the Team!

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We are excited to welcome Melissa Ryan and Jill Nash to the CMC Team!

Melissa will be working from our Camden, 24 Hill Street office as a Licensed Conveyancer, and Jill Nash will be working from our Narellan office as a Legal Secretary.

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Most, if not all, people who have separated would describe the process as one that is incredibly challenging and stressful. It can be soul destroying, all consuming and expensive. Knowing what to do, and what not to do, can make all the difference and the sooner you know that the better. It can mean the difference between enduring a bitter long running battle that impacts the rest of your life and your child's life, or an amicable negotiated outcome that allows for respect and dignity in the years ahead.

While there are many things to consider when you separate, there are real benefits in seeking legal advice in the early stages of separation – or even better, BEFORE you separate. Consider getting advice about issues such as: Should I leave? What can I take? What is the best way to do it in a way that doesn't lead to an all-out war? How will I survive? Can I force the other person to leave? What arrangements should I make for the kids or the mortgage? Can I change the locks? Should I involve the Police? How should I talk with my ex? Should I negotiate with my ex? What is the best way to negotiate with my ex? What am I entitled to? Should I mention I have a new partner?

Many think that speaking to a lawyer is only needed if you are going to Court– but that is wrong. In our experience about 99% of family law matters are finalised by negotiation – not by a Judge. Our role is to help you make informed decisions and to help you get the best outcome – whatever that means for you. "Knowledge is power" and the more you know the better the decisions you can make.

The 'right time' to take action about a property settlement is obviously when the time feels best for each individual,
but there may be circumstances when action might be required urgently. An important factor to also be aware of is that property of the marriage/relationship (including: assets, liabilities, superannuation and financial resources), is not valued as at the date of separation but is valued as at the date of any settlement negotiations or of the Court hearing. If the relationship is over, delay in taking action can often lead to complications and negative consequences. Whether you action a settlement now or later is up to you – but getting advice causes no harm and creates no obligation. It can only help.

To receive some strategies and guidance with your family law matter, contact our Family Law Team today on (02) 4651 4800.


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A recent unfair dismissal case in the Fair Work Commission involved a warehouse supervisor who had made two workers' compensation claims and was working restricted hours with modified duties.

Whilst on annual leave in September 2016, he competed in a golf competition. 7 months later, his employer, discovered via a Google search that he had been involved in the golf competition. He was questioned about this and, after initially being unclear as to which day he played golf, admitted that he had played golf on the day. The employer regarded him playing golf as prejudicing his return to work program and terminated his employment. The employee made a claim for unfair dismissal and was successful.

The Fair Work Commission found in particular that the employer had no basis to make a medical determination as to the employee's ability to play golf and any impact that may have an upon his return to employment. The evidence in fact was that the employee's doctor had recommended that the employee undertake golf; the employee had greatly modified his golf game, and he had required assistance to carry his clubs around to avoid aggravating his injury. In the end it was agreed that his reinstatement was not appropriate and compensation was ordered.

It is vitally important for employers not to attempt to 'go behind' medical certificates and make their own findings. Any decision of the employer that may affect an employee's ongoing work must be based on reasonable grounds and not on the employer's own speculation.

Our firm has extensive experience in dealing with employment matters both for employers and employees and we would be happy to assist in these matters. Contact Geoff Lloyd at our Camden office today on (02) 4651 4800.


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