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When I unfortunately went through a very bitter divorce a few years ago I found you to be very professional and compassionate and you gave me the confidence and surety to keep fighting what seemed to be “an uphill battle”. You were very thorough in your preparation and detail and I really believe you have what it takes to rise to the top in your field.
Dearest Dara, what a wonderful woman you are! Many thanks for all you did in getting us the outcome we needed for our children. I am eternally grateful for your perseverance and foresight. I thank my lucky stars every day for leading me to you.
The world is a better place because of people like you.
Hi Frank. A big thank you for your care and attention yesterday – it was such a relief. As I drove home yesterday the only word to describe how I felt was surreal!
I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for taking me and my case on board and representing me in a very long drawn out settlement. Your support, empathy and guidance has been exceptional and I cannot thank you enough…
I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know about how pleased we are with Ms. Isaacson. On our first meeting she was able to come up impressive and viable strategies off the cuff that we employed to our benefit. When it came to the news that, frankly, we did not want to hear, she informed us kindly and with absolute legal clarity. She asks the right questions, is skilled in overall strategy and legal detail, and to top it all off, has the warmth and kindness that allows us to hear the law.
Thanks Sarah for everything you have achieved for me, especially, of course, today which was truly stunning given the catastrophes that filled my mind… You and … made a brilliant and powerful team. I am deeply impressed with … and wish to thank you for securing his services. Please let him know that I am forever grateful for his total professionalism and authoritative personal manner. A remarkable result. FGD is an extraordinarily talented company
Family Law News
SMSF Borrowing – New Safe Harbour Guidelines & deadline for borrowing arrangements to be made arms length
From time to time the ATO issues Practical Compliance Guidelines (“PCG”) which are designed to provide taxpayers an idea of where the safe harbours are in the sometimes murky waters of taxation compliance.
The most recent PCG issued was PCG 2016/5 “Income tax – arm’s length terms for Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangements established by self managed superannuation funds” (“the ATO Guideline”).
Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangements (“LRBAs”) are an exception to the general rule that prohibits self managed superannuation funds (“SMSFs”) from borrowing. In summary an LRBA is one where an SMSF can borrow to buy certain investments where the property is held in a bare trust structure and the recourse that the lender has is limited
In last week’s blog I talked about why going to see a family lawyer for the first time can be a nerve-wrecking idea but by the end of the initial appointment they can help clients to feel a sense of empowerment and allow them to make informed decisions about their matter going forward. In this second and final part, I talk more about the practical details and how to prepare for one.
Despite my optimistic perspective towards initial appointments, I realise that for some people, such appointments can still be highly stressful occasions and there can be lot of information to take in. For this reason I usually encourage new clients to bring a support person with them such as a family member or trusted friend. Because that person is usually less emotionally vested in the case, they’re more likely to remember all of the details of the conference and they can act