Following on from the previous item, the second set of most commonly provided areas of law in a solicitor’s office is described here. Covered in the first article were business and agricultural structures and arrangements, family and relationship law and not for profit. Leading law firms also provide services in the areas of property and conveyancing. This subject is regarding acting for people who are buying or selling land and residential or business property. Most of us do not realise the wide number of processes that are required in this area. Your lawyers may review a contract, keep a record of key dates, check on your financial requirements, help with transfer duty and the payment of this, organise and attend the settlement, advise council on the change of ownership, and liaise with your bank.
Commercial and Property Law
Commercial and Property Law involves acting for people when they are developing property, or purchasing or selling rural property, industrial or commercial enterprises. Many of the processes are the same as for Property and Conveyancing, but may also include business structuring, advice on security, guarantees and loan documentation, information on consolidations or subdivisions and advice on ST, land tax, rates and other taxes.
Environmental and Development Law
This area of law may be needed if there are any concerns over the use of the environment or the impact of building or running a business on the environment. Lawyers can help with clients in the Planning and Environment Court and represent clients confronted with environmental protection orders. Included in this area is also Local Government Laws. Solicitors can act for the local government in interpretation of local laws, and advise regarding civil litigation claims and freedom of information issues. For private clients, the firm may offer advice on government legislation, and local law and planning.
Due to decisions in the High Court during the 1990s, there may now be Native Title over land that rural and mining clients will need advice on. With many grazing and term leases coming due for renewal throughout Qld, this is becoming a larger part of a law firm’s service provided to rural clients.
Tax Effective Estate Planning and Testamentary Trusts
Each family and financial situation is different from another. A lawyer dealing with this area of law will act for people in areas related to planning for their future and the future of their family. Lawyers will need to have a comprehensive idea of what each of these families wishes are. Services in this area would include wills, powers of attorney, health directives, trusts, succession planning, estate disputes and administration and superannuation nomination. This may also include rural and business estate planning.
Commercial litigation means acting for people in business who have disputes. This may be an individual, a contractor, shareholder, executor or company. Services provided in this area may be litigation or dispute resolution for construction, building, trusts, wills, debt collection, contracts, workplace relations, bankruptcy or corporate issues.
The content in this article is for information only. It does not represent legal advice and is provided solely for the information of the reader. Always consult a lawyer before taking any action on matters which affect your legal rights and obligations.
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