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Signing legal documents and witnessing signatures in lockdown

Even in a pandemic, business continues and documents must be signed. With social distancing, travel restrictions and many working from home, how do you get parties to provide their signature? This Legal GP blog explains the temporary changes made in Victoria that allow for some documents to be signed electronically and witnessed remotely. Read on.  How do I obtain a signature electronically?   Websites such as HelloSign or DocuSign allow you to upload the document you require a signature for, and send onto relevant signing parties who can then open the file and provide a signature using their tablet, smartphone or laptop using a stylus or their finger on the trackpad.   [...]

2020-09-28T16:22:40+10:00By |Uncategorized|

How employers and employees can help protect our community during Covid-19

Earlier this month, regional Victoria moved to Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions to help slow the spread of coronavirus in Victoria. Under these restrictions, many workplaces have found themselves significantly affected. With many unable to operate as normal, and some unable to open at all, there has been an increase in financial and social stress for both employers and their employees. It’s a difficult time for everyone, but we must remember that we’re in this together.   Not only is our health at risk if we don’t comply with the restrictions, but the future of businesses and the local economy is at stake too. It’s vital for employers and employees to follow [...]

2020-08-14T14:22:40+10:00By |Uncategorized|

Injured At Work? Your Next Steps Checklist

To receive treatment or compensation after injury or accident in the workplace, the injured person – or trusted support person – will need to take a few immediate steps. To help make this process as simple and stress-free as possible, the Legal GP have summarised the key steps below. Read on! If you are injured in the workplace or in a work environment, you will need to submit a WorkCover claim. To ensure the best outcome, there are a few steps that you should take as soon as possible to best protect your interests. It is not unusual for those who experience workplace [...]

2020-06-24T10:57:44+10:00By |Uncategorized|

Injured on Public or Private Property? Your Next Steps Checklist

To receive treatment or compensation after injury or accident in a public or private place, the injured person – or trusted support person – will need to take a few immediate steps. To help make this process as simple and stress-free as possible, the Legal GP have summarised the key steps below. Read on! If you are injured in a public or private place there are several steps that you should take as soon as possible to best protect your interests. If you’re unable to perform some of these actions due to your injury, ask a trusted companion, friend, relative or witness to [...]

Minimising Dollar Dispute and Maximising Dollar Recovery

Often, commercial financial disputes and difficulties recovering funds don’t involve complex legal problems – rather, they involve practical problems poorly handled. In today’s blog, Mark Ryan shares some of the commercial problems and solutions he has encountered in his years of practise as the Legal GP. Read on! Always document what you have agreed upon, at the very least in simple terms. Record parties’ names, addresses and essential obligations – such as supply methods and payment. This document does not have to be word processed or specially formatted to be effective and enforceable by law. Handwritten in lead pencil in a notebook or [...]

2020-04-20T10:10:23+10:00By |Uncategorized|

Compensation Reforms Resulting From The Royal Commission Into Institutionalised Responses To Child Sexual Abuse

As the Legal GP, Mark Ryan is willing and able to act on behalf of parties who may be seeking compensation for the impacts of institutional child abuse. It’s important to note that there have been recent reforms to the ways in which a victim can access compensation, providing greater protection and discretion where necessary. These compensation schemes are available without travelling, engaging unfamiliar lawyers or placing oneself in potentially stressful situations. Today’s blog aims to provide insight to those curious about these compensation revisions. Read on. In December 2017 the Royal Commission presented a final report to the Governor-General, detailing the culmination [...]

2020-04-08T14:36:09+10:00By |Uncategorized|

Explaining The Relationship Between Divorce, Separation and Property Settlements

As the Legal GP, Mark Ryan is often engaged to formalise a division of assets around divorce or separation. In these cases, it’s important for parties to understand where and how a property settlement sits in the timeline of divorce or separation, and what they’ve agreed upon. Today’s blog aims to explain the relationship between divorce, separation and property settlements. Read on. Divorce. “Divorce” is the formal, legal termination of a civil contract of marriage and it is ‘no-fault’; meaning that the law/court does not consider why the marriage ended, rather granting a divorce because of “irretrievable breakdown”. This is the only ground [...]

2020-02-27T11:43:14+11:00By |Uncategorized|
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