November 18, 2019

When a Plan Comes Together: Reforms to Off-the-Plan Contracts to Commence Before Christmas

After much industry consultation, reforms to the conveyancing laws governing off-the-plan contracts will (finally) commence in New South Wales on 1 December 2019.  An ‘off the […]
May 15, 2018

Purchasers Forced to Help Stop GST Evasion by Property Developers

Since its introduction in 2000 by the Howard Government, the goods and services tax in Australia (or GST as it is commonly known) has represented more […]
December 7, 2017

Dead Ringer: Court Finds that Deceased’s Unsent Text Message Constitutes Informal Will

To make a valid will, put simply, it must be in writing, signed by the person making it (called a ‘testator’) and witnessed by at least […]
July 7, 2017

A Leg-Up for First Home Buyers: 2017 Budget Changes to Impact Real Estate Investors

Both the Federal and New South Wales Governments have recently announced a number of changes in their budgets that will significantly affect purchasers and vendors of […]
May 5, 2017

Pay Back: Estranged Son Claims Property Transferred by Father to Other Children

With housing affordability in Australia’s capital cities an issue for the younger generation, parental assistance is becoming all the more important for them to enter the […]
March 7, 2017

Independence Day: NSW Supreme Court Dismisses Adult Stepson’s Family Provision Application

Since the 1980’s, the percentage of blended families and stepfamilies in Australia has more than tripled. In addition to difficult family dynamics, these family arrangements can […]
January 24, 2017

Will Made by Schizophrenic Man Declared Invalid by Queensland Court

In order for a person to make a will, they must possess the necessary capacity to understand its effect and appreciate the claims that can be […]
January 11, 2017

“I Was Here First”: Missing Owner Leads to Competing Claims for Ownership of West Sydney House

Generally, the registered owner of a property is prima facie entitled to exclusive possession of that property. However, this is not always the case. For instance, […]
December 5, 2016

Flying the Nest with Part of the Nest Egg: Son Obtains Interest in Father’s Home by Paying Mortgage

With property prices in Australian capital cities continuing to rise and first home buyers now taking an average of nine years to save up for a […]
November 29, 2016

HPL Completes First Electronic Conveyance for Freshwater

HPL Lawyers is excited to have completed the first electronic settlement in Freshwater yesterday through PEXA, which we are sure will be the first of many. […]
November 16, 2016

NSW Says Hello to Priority Notices and Starts to Farewell Paper Certificates of Title

With the rise of electronic conveyancing, the New South Wales government is in the process of phasing out paper certificates of title. Paper certificates of title […]
November 8, 2016

Parsons v Davison: Court Removes Dilatory Executor

An executor enjoys a position of great trust and power. As the person (or persons) responsible for administering a deceased person’s estate and carrying out their […]