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Conveyancing in Tasmania - When do I pick up the keys?Posted on 10 December 2016

When you sign a contract to purchase a property the end goal is getting the keys safely in your hands. Therefore it is not surprising that we are often asked is who and where do they pick the keys up...

Conveyancing in Tasmania - Foreign Purchasers of Residential PropertyPosted on 27 November 2016

Foreign investment in Australia is heavily regulated with significant penalties for non-compliance. Accordingly, if you are not an Australian citizen or permanent Australian resident it is important...

Contract Law - It's not fair!Posted on 20 November 2016

The Commonwealth Government has recently amended the Australian Consumer Law in relation to unfair contracts. These are significant changes aimed at providing a level playing field when parties...

Tasmanian Wills - FAQ UpdatePosted on 9 November 2016

What is a Will? A Will is a legal document that sets out how a person would like their assets to be dealt with when they die. Who can make a Will? Any person over 18 who is of sound mind can...

Subscribe to our Website!Posted on 29 October 2016

We have recently added a subscribe button to our website. By subscribing to our website you will receive regular (we promise not to annoy you - you will hear from us no more than once a week) emails...

Strata Titles In Tasmania – Inactive Body Corporates explainedPosted on 22 October 2016

We act for many people who buy and sell strata titles. When we ask for information about the Body Corporate we are often told by our clients that we don’t need to worry about it because the body...

Conveyancing in Tasmania - What is a Deposit?Posted on 5 October 2016

What is a Deposit? Contracts for the sale of real estate are not enforceable unless they are in writing, however there is no legal obligation for the payment of a deposit. A deposit is...

New Video - Your Tasmanian WillPosted on 24 September 2016

Our latest video has been uploaded to Youtube - to check it out visit:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mhUT3v7vuI  This article also serves as a reminder to either make your...

Conveyancing in Tasmania - Subject to Finance Clauses ExplainedPosted on 17 September 2016

Most purchasers require their financier (a bank or other lending institutions) to approve their loan application so that they can proceed with their purchase. If you are not 100% sure that your...

Strata Titles In Tasmania – Frequently Asked QuestionsPosted on 3 September 2016

What is a Strata Title? A Strata Title has 'common areas' that can be used by all of the people living in the apartment block, such as driveways, gardens and the like.  These common areas have...

Get your Tasmanian Will underway using our simple Online FormPosted on 27 August 2016

You can start the process of having your Tasmanian Will prepared by Cormiston Legal by downloading the "Will Questionnaire".  We have provided our questionnaire in two downloadable formats in the...

Tasmanian Wills & Powers of Attorney - An Important ReminderPosted on 23 August 2016

Given the importance of having a valid Will it is hard to comprehend that, according to recent reports, less than 60% of the Australian population have a Will in place. The main reason why...

Buying a Tasmanian PropertyPosted on 20 August 2016

Are you looking at buying a Tasmanian property? This article outlines the issues to consider and steps to take once you have found a property to buy. Check the Property Once you have found a...

Issues to consider when buying a Business in TasmaniaPosted on 12 August 2016

When buying a business there are many legal, financial and general business issues that you need to consider. A year or so ago we published an article on this topic. This article is a timely...

Settlement Problems - What happens when Settlement does not occur on the due date?Posted on 7 August 2016

It is every Vendor’s nightmare - the Purchaser fails to settle on the date specified in the Contract. On the face of it, the Purchaser is in breach of the contract. However, forcing a Purchaser...

Conveyancing In Tasmania - Settlement Day ExplainedPosted on 17 July 2016

Settlement is where the parties to a conveyancing transaction meet to finalise the transfer of a property from the Vendor to the Purchaser. Put simply, at settlement the Vendor’s solicitor hands...

Conveyancing in Tasmania - What happens once you have signed a Contract?Posted on 8 July 2016

So you have entered into a contract to purchase a Tasmanian property, what happens next? This article explains the things that need to be done after the contract has been signed. Instruct a Lawyer ...

When should you review your Will?Posted on 2 July 2016

Once you have your Will in place, you should not just forget about it. There are things that may happen over time that may affect your Will. Regularly review your Will It is a good idea to review...

Reverse Mortgage UpdatePosted on 25 June 2016

A little while ago we did an article on reverse mortgages. Due to a number of clients recently contacting us about reverse mortgages we thought it would be a good idea to do an update on our previous...

Our Latest Video - Conveyancing in TasmaniaPosted on 18 June 2016

Check out our latest video on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVl-L7RaGWY Cormiston Legal is a Tasmanian Law Firm that provides conveyancing services in Hobart, Launceston and all...

Contract Law – Do I Need A Witness?Posted on 4 June 2016

In this day and age we are regularly required to sign documents. We are often asked whether signatures require a witness in order to be valid. The short answer is that most documents and contracts do...

First Home Owner Grant Update - Tasmanian PropertyPosted on 27 May 2016

The Tasmanian Government announced on Thursday 26 May 2016 that the grant will be increased to $20,000. The increase is retrospective and applies from 1 January 2016...

Commercial Leasing - Mortgagee ConsentPosted on 20 May 2016

Many businesses operate their business from leased premises. A lease should provide certainty for both landlords and tenants as to the term of the lease, the rent payable and other conditions that...

Conveyancing in Tasmania – What happens after signing a Contract?Posted on 14 May 2016

We are often asked ‘I have signed a contract to buy a property, what do I do now?’ Accordingly, we have prepared a simple outline of the steps that occur from when a Contract is signed up...

Tasmanian Property - Out of Pocket Expenses ExplainedPosted on 30 April 2016

It is important to ensure that you know what is and isn’t included when you get a quote for conveyancing. Out of pocket expenses (also known as ‘disbursements’) are costs incurred by...

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