COVID-19: Update for Charities following the special ACNC Advisor’s Forum (as of 27/03/2020)

Cash flow boost for charities – PAYG credit New charities registered with the ACNC after 12 March 2020 are still eligible. Consider other payments that may be reportable in your Activity Statement other than salary & wages – e.g. Directors fees, voluntary withholding payments to contractors. For more information click here.  ACNC COVID-19 landing page … Read more

All charities with any overseas activity need to consider the new External Conduct Standards (even if sending a small one time gift)

Preserving Charitable Assets within Charitable Purposes Following Andrew Lind’s recent papers in Melbourne, including at the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference on the External Conduct Standards, here are some headlines for all charities to consider:  1. The External Conduct Standards (ECSs) commenced on 23 July 2019. 2. The external conduct standards … Read more

Lease vs Licence

Difference Between Lease And Licence: Why It Matters As William Shakespeare pondered centuries ago, “What’s in a name?” Shakespeare may have been prophetic – in a modern legal context, the name given to a document or agreement may not reflect its true nature. If you have permission to use someone else’s land for a particular … Read more

Top 3 Strategies for Dealing With Unpaid School Fees

Parents frequently choose to send their children to private schools or colleges for a variety of reasons, including trust in the quality of private or religious education provided by the school. Unfortunately, the ability of a family to meet tuition fee payments can deteriorate very rapidly for a variety of reasons. This can negatively affect … Read more

Mutual Wills: What Are They?

Mutual wills, also known as mutual will contracts, are wills that form a legally binding contract between two people that has the effect of: Having both of the wills drafted in terms that are agreed by the parties making the wills; and Prohibiting either party from revoking or amending their will without the agreement of … Read more

The Effect of Cognitive Impairment on Testamentary Capacity A Look at Re Will of Barlow [2014] QSC 7

Will of Barlow By Courtney Linton & Andrew Lind Issue What is the effect of mild to moderate cognitive impairment on testamentary capacity? The Supreme Court of Queensland has considered the issue. The Facts On 4 March 2008 Mrs Barlow executed a Will, replacing an earlier Will dated 5 October 2006. In the 2006 Will, Mrs Barlow’s house … Read more

Cy Pres Application

Preserving Charitable Assets within Charitable Purposes Cy Pres (pronounced Sigh Pray) is not a phrase you hear often, and yet applications to the Court for a Cy Pres Order are increasingly common. Cy Pres is a phrase we have adopted from the French meaning, “as near as possible” to the original intention. (Don’t believe us? … Read more