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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...

Buying Tasmanian Property – Should you arrange a Boundary Survey?Posted on 16 April 2016

We are often asked by purchasers whether or not they should arrange for the boundaries to the property that they are purchasing to be checked by a surveyor. Arranging for a professional surveyor to...

Tasmanian Property - Conveyancing Jargon ExplainedPosted on 10 April 2016

Whilst we try and avoid jargon, there are a number of common words and phrases that you will come across when looking at buying or selling property. This article provides a simple explanation of what...

Tasmanian Mortgages - To discharge or not discharge your Mortgage?Posted on 2 April 2016

So you have been very good with your money and paid off your mortgage, what should you do now? It is a common misconception that once you have paid off your mortgage your Bank will automatically...

Tasmanian Caveats – Frequently Asked QuestionsPosted on 18 March 2016

What is a caveat? It is a notice on the title to land that a person claims a particular unregistered interest in the land. What does a caveat do? In relation to Tasmanian property, the effect of...

A will spares loved ones extra griefPosted on 5 March 2016

Everyone needs a will even if you expect to live another 40 years. It is not just lawyers that will tell you this; your accountant, financial planner, family and friends may tell you horror stories...

What is an Agreement to Lease?Posted on 26 February 2016

You may have heard someone refer to an ‘Agreement to Lease’ when talking about commercial leasing. An Agreement to Lease is commonly used prior to the Property Owner (commonly referred to...

Short Term Leasing under the Tasmanian Retail CodePosted on 20 February 2016

Whether you are a Landlord or a Tenant leasing Tasmanian property, it is important to know whether the Fair Trading (Code of Practice for Retail Tenancies) Regulations 1998 (Code) will apply to the...

Conveyancing In Tasmania FAQPosted on 30 January 2016

What is Conveyancing? Conveyancing is the process involved in the transfer of the legal title to real estate between two parties. What is Settlement? Settlement is the day on which the...

Our New EmployeePosted on 29 January 2016

Cormiston Legal is pleased to announce that Simone Reid will be joining our team on 10 February 2016 as a senior commercial lawyer. Simone is a very experienced commercial lawyer having worked at...

The Importance of having a Tasmanian WillPosted on 2 January 2016

A Will is an important document that every adult should have in place. Here are 10 good reasons why: Death – as the saying goes there are 2 certainties in life death and taxes. Accordingly, you...

Merry Christmas!Posted on 24 December 2015

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from the team at Cormiston Legal. Our office will be closed for the Christmas break at 12 noon 24 December 2015 and we will be back on board all...

Office Christmas Party RulesPosted on 13 December 2015

The silly season has officially arrived! It is important to remember that the rules of behaviour inside the office apply equally to organised events held outside the office. Laws relating to bullying,...

Bank Guarantees ExplainedPosted on 4 December 2015

What is a Bank Guarantee? A Bank Guarantee is an undertaking given by a bank, on behalf of a customer, to pay money to a nominated person (commonly referred to as the Beneficiary). It is a formal...

Shopping at Christmas Time - 10 tips and trapsPosted on 29 November 2015

It is that time of year again, retailers are fighting to get their hands on your hard earned cash. It is very important that despite the Christmas rush, you don’t forget your rights as a...

Changes to Foreign Investment LawsPosted on 21 November 2015

The Australian Government has announced extensive proposed changes to the laws around foreign investment which will take place from 1 December 2015, subject to the passage of the Foreign Acquisitions...

When can you lodge a Caveat over Tasmanian Property?Posted on 14 November 2015

Firstly it is important to understand what a caveat is - it is a notice on a title to land that a person claims a particular unregistered interest in the land. The effect of registering a caveat over...

Tasmanian Wills - Why do you need one?Posted on 31 October 2015

Everyone needs a will even if you expect to live another 40 years. Without a will, a portion of your estate may be lost to fees and administration and more importantly who and how you would like your...

Conveyancing in Tasmania - Tips and TrapsPosted on 24 October 2015

Conveyancing is the process of transferring legal title or ownership over a property from one person to another to ensure that the buyer of a property gets ‘good title’. Buying a property...

The Importance of the Lease when buying a BusinessPosted on 9 October 2015

  When buying a business it is fundamental to consider what you are actually buying. If you are not buying the freehold of the property where the business is located then you should pay...

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