Changes to Queensland State Tax Concessions for Charities

Changes to Queensland state tax concessions for charities All NFP Constitutions should be reviewed by October 2020 at the latest At the end of 2018 the Queensland Government amended the Taxation Administration Act 2001 (Qld) by the Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (Qld). These amendments may have significant impact upon all charities and … 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

Cybersquatting and Domain Name Disputes in Australia

What Is Cybersquatting? The practice of domain name squatting or cybersquatting has been common since the onset of the dotcom boom and has not ceased with the passing of time. It creates headaches both for established enterprises and new businesses. As there are no stringent checks placed on those seeking to acquire a domain, cybersquatting … 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

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