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Cybercrime Surges: How to Protect your Business

Written by Andrew O'Donnell, Director - Edney Ryan Legal

During the pandemic, businesses, schools and families turned to the internet to communicate and access services required for daily life. Unfortunately, cybercriminals have used this opportunity, with the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) receiving over 67,500 cybercrime reports last financial year, a significant increase on the prior year. The increased frequency of crimes was also associated with increased complexity and... Read more

New Company Directors ID Requirement

Written by Matthew Stewart, Director - Edney Ryan Chartered Accountants

All company directors now need to verify their identity with a unique identification number, in order to help prevent the use of false or fraudulent director identities. Company directors must apply for their own director ID, only once, which will be their unique identifier forever. Existing directors have until 30 November 2022 to apply. Directors appointed before 4 April 2022... Read more

Foreign Person Surcharge on Residential Property Purchases

Written by Andrew O'Donnell, Director - Edney Ryan Legal

If you are classified as a foreign person and purchase residential property in NSW, you will have to pay an eight percent surcharge on the value of the property. This is in addition to any applicable stamp duty. It is important to note that you are generally classified as a foreign person, unless: You are an Australian citizen, or You... Read more

Legal Matters for Older Australians: Plan Ahead to Protect Your Rights

Written by Andrew O'Donnell, Director - Edney Ryan Legal

It is estimated that 185,000 older people in Australia experience some form of abuse or neglect each year. Abuse of older people can happen both inside and outside the home. It can also involve those who we love and trust. It can be challenging to identify abuse, as there is no single type of older person who is at risk,... Read more

Powers of Attorney for Peace of Mind

Written by Andrew O'Donnell, Director - Edney Ryan Legal

Many people in the coming months will need to be in self-isolation, quarantine or potentially receiving treatment. This separation will make it harder for practical matters to be managed. There will be times that may need people to be formally authorised to make decisions for you. Having a power of attorney in place is the best way to be prepared... Read more

What Isn’t in a Will Kit?

Written by Andrew O'Donnell, Director - Edney Ryan Legal

DIY “Will Kits” are not new and now many websites boast online Wills which promise to save hundreds on legal fees. The convenience and low price may seem initially appealing, however there are some significant disadvantages to preparing a Will without sound legal advice. 1. You Don’t Meet the Person Writing Your Will. This is the most significant issue with... Read more

Discretionary Trusts Should Be Reviewed for Foreign Person Surcharges

Written by Andrew O'Donnell, Director - Edney Ryan Legal

If you are a trustee of a discretionary trust, and you hold (or intend to hold) residential land in NSW in the trust, then it is important you are aware of foreign person surcharges which may inadvertently apply. Foreign Person Residential Property Surcharges in NSW In NSW, residential land held by foreign persons attracts an 8% surcharge purchaser duty and... Read more

Advance Directives – Helping Your Wishes Count When You Can No Longer Make Healthcare Decisions

Written by Andrew O'Donnell, Director - Edney Ryan Legal

If you were seriously ill or injured and unable to communicate your wishes, who would make decisions about your care or treatment? Would they even know what you want? Advance Directives are a good way to help your loved ones and doctors make health care decisions based on your individual values and beliefs, when you are no longer able to.... Read more

Australians are set to lose a record amount to scams in 2019, with projections from losses reported to Scamwatch and other government agencies expected to exceed $532 million by the end of the year. It is important to be vigilant both in our personal lives, and in business. For Businesses – We have adopted the following measures and processes within... Read more

Online Estate Planning

Written by Andrew O'Donnell, Director - Edney Ryan Legal

Save time and money, by starting your Will online now. Our online tool will guide you through the key information required in order to make a start on your Will. Get peace of mind with a solicitor-drafted Will and other important documents Ensure your loved ones are provided for Have your Will prepared as quickly and easily as possible The... Read more