The Victorian Supreme Court has delivered judgment in the case of Re Tang  VSC 59 concerning a Chinese resident individual leaving a handwritten note disposing of assets in Victoria but not all assets or any assets in China where he died. The case raises interesting issues regarding choice of law in succession cases and the matters to be addressed where this is unclear and the deceased does not leave a valid Will. It also emphasises why it is vital to take professional advice to ensure you have a Will that is valid and respected in any countries which you have connections to or own assets in.
Monthly Archives: March 2017
On 22 March 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull introduced legislation to criminalise the giving, receiving or soliciting of ‘corrupting benefits’ between employers and trade unions.
The Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Bill 2017 (Bill) was introduced in response to recommendations of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, to promote better governance of registered organisations.
Governor John Kasich released his executive budget proposal for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 in early February, and soon after, lawmakers introduced a budget bill, House Bill 49. Among many other things, HB 49 attempts to improve the municipal tax system by transferring the responsibility – from individual municipalities to the state – for collecting and administering municipal income taxes on business income, excluding sole proprietors and other single-member entities owned by one individual, starting in 2018.
Mens vi venter på en ny vurderingslov, er der forskellige udfordringer for især ejendomme, der både anvendes privat og erhvervsmæssigt.
Det vurderingssystem, der har været i Danmark, har i en længere årrække været sat på hold, fordi de vurderinger, der kom, ikke var retvisende. Det forventes, at der etableres et nyt juridisk grundlag for en ny vurderingslov inden sommerferien 2017, og at vurderingerne igen kommer til at virke fra 2018 for ejerboliger og fra 2019 for ikke-ejerboliger.
A Maine dairy company has received a potentially expensive grammar lesson from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which held on March 13, 2017, that the company’s delivery drivers may be eligible for up to $10 million in overtime pay, because the lack of a comma in the statute regarding exemptions from the state’s wage and hour law rendered the scope of the exemption ambiguous.
In a previous blog post, we discussed a City of Chicago Ordinance, set to take effect on July 1, 2017, that will require pharmaceutical sales representatives to obtain a license before being able to operate within city limits. The draft rules for this ordinance were released on March 17, 2017.
These rules provide additional detail regarding the licensure requirements as well as other associated education and disclosure requirements with which pharmaceutical representatives will be expected to comply beginning in July of this year. In order to obtain initial licensure as a pharmaceutical representative, applicants must complete an online course that will provide an overview of these requirements.
Draft Law Companion Guideline for planned changes to GST on low value imported goods
On 16 February 2017, the Government introduced Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017 (the Bill) to Parliament that proposes to extend the GST Act and ensure that GST is payable to low value goods that are purchased or imported by consumers in Australia from 1 July 2017.
There is massive hype and conjecture about where technology is taking legal services but I think we need to remind ourselves that technology alone isn’t going to make the difference. Technology has the capacity to be an enabler of change, but the technology itself is not a differentiator, nor does it create a strategic advantage by itself.
Gaining a strategic advantage by its nature must be hard to replicate. If it was as easy as just buying technology, anyone could do it. A strategic advantage is carved out by the effective combination of people, process and technology. We’re loving the debate and discussion around technology at Hall & Wilcox, and we enjoyed participating in the recent Chilli IQ Managing Partners Forum around the “Agent of Change” theme.