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Kate Rafton appointed President of Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce

We are excited to announce that our principal solicitor, Kate Rafton, has been appointed president of Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce. This is the leading body representing businesses in the Penrith Region and covers an area extending right through to St Marys and Erskine Park business centre to the base of the Blue Mountains in …

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Elder abuse is not just a legal issue

At Rafton Family Lawyers we have a team who operates in the area of probate and estate planning. We frequently encounter situations of elder abuse and our staff are trained in our response. We wish to indicate that elder abuse is not just a legal issue but can impact many persons including other family members. …

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Remote witnessing still available due to COVID

We are pleased to advise the Government has announced that we are still able to remotely witness documents via video link or telephone right up to 31 December 2021. This is in an effort to try to reduce the inconvenience to clients to have to attend at our offices but more importantly to reduce the …

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Domestic violence reforms

A number of significant changes to domestic violence laws have commenced on November 25 2020 under the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 (NSW) and the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 (NSW). The changes significantly support victims of domestic violence and include issues such as persons bringing an application for protection are entitled to give …

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Adopted people now have birth certificate recognition

Adopted persons in NSW can now have their birth certificates to include both their birth and adopted families. The NSW Attorney General, Mark Speakman, announced that the laws would come into effected in November after the introduction and passage of the Adoption Legislation Amendment (Integrated Birth Certificates) Act 2020 by the NSW parliament in September …

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Some tips to prevent being involved in or breaching an ADVO after separation

What tips are there to prevent an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order from being issued? For an Apprehended Violence Order to be successful, the Court must be satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the protected person fears you and that it was reasonable for the protected person to have that fear. Although, when dealing with …

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I have been served an ADVO application in the Local Court, what do I do next?

Served with an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order… What to do next? In New South Wales, there are two types of Apprehended Violence Orders under the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 (NSW), namely an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order and an Apprehended Personal Violence Order. The difference between the two is that an Apprehended Domestic …

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What is a Will?

A Will is a legal document that advises of your wishes for your assets after your death. A valid Will must: Be in writing. Be signed by the maker and such signature be witnessed by two independent witnesses. Be made by a person who has testamentary capacity. Be made voluntarily. Deal with assets. Appoint at …

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What is a Grant of Probate?

A grant of Probate is a legal document sealed by the Supreme Court of New South Wales. It authorises an executor (or executors) to manage the estate of a deceased person in accordance with the provisions of the deceased’s will. The executor is the person who is responsible for applying for a grant of Probate, …

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Read our plain English handbooks

These fact sheets are designed to provide an overview of the relevant issues and systems so that you have a better understanding of the process.

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