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At Cordato Partners, lawyers headed by Anthony Cordato,
solicitors and staff work hard to provide a wide range of
legal advice to business clients, property clients, and
travel, tourism and hospitality clients based upon an
understanding of the workings of these industries. The legal
advice and legal work done is tailored to the client's
specific requirements, is authoritative and cost effective.
At Cordato Partners we also provide legal advice to private
and non-business clients, to deal with a wide variety of
We adopt a practice of briefing external counsel (also known
as barristers) to assist in specialist advice and in
litigation. We also engage and like to work with experts
such as architects, accountants, engineers, town planners
and builders as and when required.
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Property Law & Wills Articles:
live in a home unit?
Do you worry about building repairs?
introducers will soon be a thing of the past. The
financial regulator, ASIC has taken the ANZ Bank to
court for breaches of the Credit Act because it used
unlicensed introducers for home loans.
Don’t lose your
right of way! If you need to pass over someone else's
land to reach your property, you need to have a right of
way. It’s a valuable right which needs protection.
the Family Home to a son or daughter? It pays to have
Allowing a son or daughter to stay in the family home
after parents die needs proper paperwork to avoid
pay (not even arson)
Arson is a crime where the perpetrator ‘robs’ an
insurance company. It looks like easy money for blaming
a fire on an electrical fault. But it’s not easy to get
away with arson
Does bamboo block
your view? Bamboo makes a great screen – a dense green
wall. But if it takes away a view, it is a pest. When a
neighbour block your view
slashes loan interest rate. Borrowers win deep rate cut
because loan documentation was not watertight.
5% deposit instead of a 10% deposit under a Contract to
purchase a property is very popular when property prices
are high. But there are hidden traps.
short-stay traveller accommodation policy in NSW – the
Renting out a house or home unit, Airbnb-style, is legal
in New South Wales, but you need to follow the new rules
if you do.
the family home in the wife's name protect it from
Will a Court
correct errors in a contract if they are obvious?
Do property joint
ventures need to be in writing? Thinking of doing a
property joint venture without putting it into writing?
warning – let live-in parents know if they are not
secure for life
Do parents have the right to stay in the family home if
they transfer title to their children to release cash
from their equity?
Properties must be fit for habitation. The NSW
Government has set minimum standards for rental houses
for lighting, ventilation, electricity & gas, plumbing
and drainage and bathrooms, as well as structural
soundness, to apply from 23 March 2020.
options. Thinking of using property options to acquire
property? Find out about the stamp duty consequences
If a parent makes a will which reduces your share, what
are the chances of invalidating the will if you can show
they had dementia - they were losing the plot?
Water leaks and
other defects when buying a house. You buy a house. The
first time it rains you notice the ceiling is damp in
one corner. Do you 'cop it sweet' or believe the seller
should pay to fix it because the water leak came from
newly completed renovations? It is possible that the
seller may have to pay.
of the unlocked letterbox. Strata living gives rise to
fascinating court cases. This is one of them. The
dispute is about an unlocked letterbox
thinking of buying or selling a property? You need to
know about six current trends,
There is no
absolute right to peace and quiet - especially if you
buy next door to a hotel
possible to protect the family home from creditors?
Not always, but with the right legal advice, your
chances are improved
Why are DIY Will Kits a bad idea? DIY Will Kits are
cheap and easy, but they all should carry a big red
warning sticker – Beware - This DIY Will Kit is a
goldmine for lawyers!
Two wills is one will too many. Most will disputes are
about unequal inheritances, but some disputes are about
which one of two wills should be treated as the last
will and testament.
- Should you sell the
family home when your parents move to an aged care home?
- What is the
law for Airbnb style rentals in Sydney / NSW? From 2019,
new laws will apply to anyone renting their property for
short-term rentals in Sydney / NSW
NSW gives the green light to owner-occupiers and
investors to rent houses and home units for short stay
(Airbnb style) rentals
investment loan is not repayable without proof of the
money trail. The Court rejected the Bendigo Bank’s claim
Purplebricks real estate promises greater fee
transparency for sellers
- Are you
selling your home or investment property? Is a flat fee
online agent better than a traditional estate agent? Is
it the difference in marketing? For a look at how
Purplebricks a well-known online agent operates
- Don't sign
a personal guarantee to a lease unless you absolutely
car parking spaces add value to a home?
the lower tax rate for companies make them more
attractive than a family trust for property investment?
- How Airbnb is empowering Boutique Hotels and B&Bs to
build their business
- Are you thinking about using Airbnb to save some
travel money? Or are you looking for extra income from
your rental property?
- Without liability insurance, home owners are exposed
to million dollar law suits
- Joint Venture agreements with money partners
(investors) for real estate investment
- Moving out of
a shop do you repaint?
- The effect of the GST upon real estate
- How does property fit into superannuation?
- Tree disputes between neighbours
Tree Disputes with the Council
- Vendor finance for properties
- Should you sell the family home when your parents
move to an aged care home
- How liable are you if a visitor slips or trips when
entering your property?
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Marketing Law Articles:
Choose your business name well … or you may lose it
There are 2 quick tips when choosing a business name –
(1) Do an ASIC search to see that no one else has taken
it first; (2) Check Google, domain names and trade marks
to see that your name will not be deceptively similar to
an existing name.
Are you using weasel words in your advertising? There is
no doubt that weasel words like free, natural,
nutritious, fresh and lifetime guarantee are great words
to use when advertising products.
But if you use weasel words the wrong way, it can land
you in legal trouble.
Are you liable for all nasty comments on your Facebook
The quick answer is ‘yes’, even if the nasty comments
were posted by someone else on your page.
Are you a small business? It might be smart to do a
website compliance review to make sure your website
complies with the ACCC’s new guide.
Lorna Janes’ fabric spray to protect against Covid was
just an advertising gimmick
Is your business’s product or services being panned on
If you have not heard that there is such a thing as
defaming a business, click here
Thinking of selling health products? It’s a legal
you buying trouble when you send emails or SMS marketing
Yes – unless you follow the 3 golden rules.
The ACCC fines Kimberly-Clark for fake ‘Made in
Can a secret spray keep Covid away? Can you use Covod-19
to sell garments? Lorna Jane tried. See what happened
Booking a hotel room with Trivago? If so, look around to
check if the hotel room price is in fact the cheapest.
Short sighted marketing lands Oscar Wylee in hot water
HealthEngine hits legal obstacles. Federal Court orders
it to pay a fine of $2.9 million
Is viagogo good to buy tickets from? Is viagogo no
better than a high pressure salesman when it sells
tickets for concerts, sport and theatre? The Judge
Lorna Jane fails with its anti-virus clothing range.
This is what happens when the marketing department does
not check with the legal or compliance department before
launching an advertising campaign
The rules for sending marketing emails
Partnership disputes - What happens when two owners of a
business want to end their partnership?
What's so hard about setting up a burger business?
How a trade mark protects a business
Trivago has been caught red-handed by the Australian
Consumer watchdog for giving top ranking to hotels which
pay it the most
Google is watching you - everywhere you roam. Did you
know that your mobile phone allows Google to track you
everywhere you roam?
If you are a small business, you need effective digital
marketing to attract new customers and keep existing
Is your boomerang fake? - Little known fact – 80% of
boomerangs sold in Australia are not made in Australia.
But this may be coming to an end
Can you sell the same product in different packets to
A look at Voltaren Emulgel and Voltaren Osteo Gel Click
here for Voltaren – rubs the ACCC up the wrong way!
Stung by nasty comments about your business online? Are
you looking for a way to remove or neutralise the
New court ruling supports the sale of authentic
boomerangs, bullroarers and didgeridoos
If the advertising campaign flops, is the client still
liable to pay the agency’s bill?
Will sugar be the 'new tobacco' in terms of health
risks? The trend of prosecution by consumer authorities
has begun with H.J. Heinz being fined $2.25for deception
for presenting a 'sugar' snack as healthy
Meriton in trouble for filtering out negative guest
reviews. The long arm of the law has caught and fined
Meriton Suites for manipulating reviews posted by its
guests on TripAdvisor, a leading travel and hospitality
that Sugar causes Weight gain and Tooth decay is now
available. The Federal Court has linked sugar in food with weight
gain and dental caries in a landmark decision that a
Heinz snack food was not beneficial to children’s health
because it had high levels of sugar.
Headache medicines work in different ways, but none is
better than the rest.
Is Nurofen better than Panadol a fact or just misleading
you receive value for money by paying an extra $3 for
Voltarin Osteo Gel?
- Is a $6 million fine too low for falsely labelling
- What happens to the seller if the oregano you buy is
50% olive leaf?
Food distributors and sellers need to be very careful to
ensure that the label accurately describes the product
in the package. If not, the consumer watchdog will take
- Advertising free offers. There’s no such thing as a
free bet in Australia.
Nurofen Specific Pain Range tablets have the same
- How the Nurofen Specific Pain Range marketing
strategy was undone as misleading by the ACCC
- Not Everything Is Fresh Today
- Coles fined 3 cents per loaf
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Investment Law Articles: