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  • How Domestic Violence Orders Impact Access to Children

    How Domestic Violence Orders Impact Access to Children

    OVER the course of the 2017-18 financial year more than 45,000 people fronted the Queensland courts over a domestic violence order (DVO). In fact, according to the most recent data from the Queensland Police Service more breaches of DVOs are being reported each year, than assaults. Once a protection order is taken out in the […]

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  • Knowing this simple legal fact could save you thousands

    Knowing this simple legal fact could save you thousands

    Every couple of days Strategic Lawyers is contacted by someone who has purchased an expensive item online only to find out it didn’t live up to their expectations. In the vast majority of these cases the person involved has purchased the item – often a boat, or a car, or an expensive home-appliance – after […]

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  • How Child Support is Really Calculated

    How Child Support is Really Calculated

    For most couples with children separating will mean the Federal Department of Human Services undertakes a child support assessment and later orders for money to be paid. The amount of child support that needs to be paid is calculated using the formula we have set out below. The basic formula is: The self-support amount – […]

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  • Townsville Police hit 44 people with little known fine

    Townsville Police hit 44 people with little known fine

    TOWNSVILLE Police have fined 44 cyclists for talking on their phone while riding their bicycle, over the past four years. The most recent data from the Queensland Government shows the fines – which are valued at $391 – are being issued with surprising regularity. A report about a man in Loganholme in south Brisbane copping […]

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  • Your chance to win 0 in just 30 seconds

    Your chance to win $600 in just 30 seconds

    Here at Strategic Lawyers we know that being contactable is essential – that’s why we’ve just launched a competition to promote our new number: 13 14 LAW. For existing clients we’re still available on (07) 4795 1114 so there’s no need to update our details in your phone. And just so those people who don’t […]

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  • All the happenings here at Strategic Lawyers

    All the happenings here at Strategic Lawyers

    The past month has been a big one for our firm with some new faces, lots of new interesting cases and some big wins. Firstly, we have been joined by three new paralegals – all of whom are studying Law at James Cook University. The first to come on board was Damon Johnson. Damon is […]

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  • Why are Townsville Police fining people for not locking their car?

    Why are Townsville Police fining people for not locking their car?

    Over the past five years police in Townsville have fined 68 people for not locking their car. While police generally issue the fines for $44, under Queensland legislation the maximum amount they can fine people for this “offence” is actually a whopping $2611. The fines were revealed in public data posted on the Queensland Government website. From […]

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  • Why men and women are turning up to Family Court COMPLETELY shaven

    Why men and women are turning up to Family Court COMPLETELY shaven

    Few people know about it but it’s not uncommon for the Family Court to put in place an order which forces parents to undergo hair follicle testing for drugs. And, according to our sources, it is not uncommon who people who are subject to orders that they submit to hair follicle to shave off every […]

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  • Is it legal to record a conversation?

    Is it legal to record a conversation?

    It’s not unusual for people in the thick of a dispute, either at home or at work, to start recording conversations and for journalists recording what people say is part of their day-to-day work. And while many, if not most, people would object to private conversations being recorded without their knowledge, the legalities of when […]

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  • Facebook users ridicule North Queensland Police drug bust, but there’s a detail they may be missing

    Facebook users ridicule North Queensland Police drug bust, but there’s a detail they may be missing

    FACEBOOK users on a North Queensland based page have ridiculed a drug bust by Mackay Police, after a photo of about $50 worth cannabis was put up on their blog. As one user of the Mackay based crime page sarcastically posted: “Good job. You got a stick off the streets…Street value $30k saved over 100 […]

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  • All the happenings here at Strategic Lawyers

    All the happenings here at Strategic Lawyers

    It’s hard to believe we are already well into the second half of 2018 and for the Strategic Family this year is shaping up to be our best yet! Certainly, the biggest recent personal announcement was the marriage of our much-loved legal-secretary Casey Blanco (nee Wilson). Casey was married in a beautiful ceremony at the […]

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  • When Australian courts recognise polygamous marriages

    When Australian courts recognise polygamous marriages

    While the political controversy around gay marriage means the vast majority of Australians are aware of the law for same-sex couples, very few people know what happens when the courts consider cases of polygamy. Polygamy means a marriage where there is more than two people – either a man with multiple wives, or a woman with […]

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  • When the courts will intervene to rewrite a will

    When the courts will intervene to rewrite a will

    Where there’s a will it won’t always decide the way. The reality of wills is, in many instances, the courts will intervene to reallocate the assets of a person who has passed-away. While this has drawn criticism in some quarters – with media commentators taking issue with the court’s powers to overrule a person’s wishes […]

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  • Frightening way the state can lock you up with no trial

    Frightening way the state can lock you up with no trial

    MOST Australians probably like to think they have a right to a fair trial, however, as a famous case from the High Court in 1996 showed this is not the law. In the case in question the New South Wales State Parliament passed an Act which meant a man approaching the end of his jail […]

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  • Don’t find out too late you and your partner are de facto

    Don’t find out too late you and your partner are de facto

    Most people, even many lawyers, think that for someone to claim a share of your assets you need to be either married, or live together for two years. But imagine splitting up with your ex-girlfriend, or boyfriend, before the two-year period ends, only to have them come back and claim a share of what you own. […]

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  • How a small, 00 debt could legally end your company in just 21 days

    How a small, $2000 debt could legally end your company in just 21 days

    Anyone who’s in business knows you need to pay your debts, however, few people know how serious things can get if you don’t pay on time. Under Australia’s Corporations Act a company that is owed more than $2,000 can serve something called a statutory demand on another business that owes it money. The statutory demand […]

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  • Take the financial stress out of your relationship breakdown and see the costs up-front

    Take the financial stress out of your relationship breakdown and see the costs up-front

    Here at Strategic Lawyers we always put the client first, that’s why we are the only firm in Queensland that’s completely up-front with our prices. When we opened seven years ago we were the first firm in North Queensland to bring in something called fixed pricing. Fixed-pricing means before we start working on your matter […]

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  • North-Queensland man beats DUI charge with surprising defence

    North-Queensland man beats DUI charge with surprising defence

    A CAIRNS man’s drink-driving charge was overturned when a Judge found he consumed liquor after leaving the scene of a crash. In the unusual case, which appeared in the Queensland District Court, just less than 10 years ago, it was established the man drove off after running into a Japanese tourist on a bike. The […]

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  • Are speed cameras really accurate? When police lose in court

    Are speed cameras really accurate? When police lose in court

    Speeding fines are one of those things that are, on face value, very hard to argue with – a police officer uses either a radar or a camera to check how fast you were going and if you’re over the limit – you’re toast. But one Brisbane man who appealed his fine through the courts […]

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  • Five things you should know before posting on social media

    Five things you should know before posting on social media

    Number One – You can get sued for what you say, even if you say it online Comments you post online can lead to you being sued for defamation, this includes comments on Facebook. Some solicitors have previously said it often seems as though people making defamatory remarks on social media are oblivious to the […]

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