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What to do when someone steals your copyright

October 13, 2019

The wonderful world wide web poses many problems for creatives, when people use your work without your consent.  Engaging a lawyer can also be expensive.  Here the tips I give to creatives who suspect that their copyright has been stolen. 1.  Check yourself Before you shoot of an angry message to the suspect, I recommend…

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Is your referral arrangement legal?

September 2, 2019

I am seeing more business collaborations than even before.  Businesses with a niche are coming together and forming collaboratively offerings e.g. yoga and travel, budgeting and healthy eating, legal and technology.  Business owners are coming together in a variety of ways, through formal or informal partnerships, referral arrangements and profit sharing. I hate to burst…

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“I don’t want to be responsible for …”

August 5, 2019

I often hear these words from clients, and potential clients when talking about business models and terms and conditions and using disclaimers.  It is understandable to want to protect your legal exposure and avoid ‘being sued’.  But here’s something you should know.  YOU CAN’T STOP SOMEONE FROM SUING YOU.  What?  Isn’t that what you pay…

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4 reasons why a lawyer needs to review that contract…before you sign it

July 20, 2019

Put the pen down! Are you sure that contract sets out your arrangement appropriately and minimises your risks? Before you sign on the dotted line, you should seek legal advice about the contract for the following key reasons. 1. The contract must be valid There are key elements that must exist in a document to…

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Start-up advice

April 1, 2019

Thinking about starting your own business but not sure where to start?  I am here to help! Having worked with a lot of start-ups in a variety of businesses, I have developed the following framework based on what I have seen go wrong for others. Budget right! The best things in life are free right? …

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Tick tock…. When are you going to approve my work?

February 1, 2019

What to do when your client is dragging their heels and hasn’t approved your work This is a common problem for business owners in creative industries.  The frustration arises when you aren’t paid for the work you’ve done.  I hear you – it also happens to me.  But you can put legal protections in place…

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New Gift Card laws in Australia

January 14, 2019

If you issue gift cards in your business you will need to comply with new national laws.  The laws are part of the Australian Consumer Law and apply to every business in Australia.  The new laws apply to all gift cards supplied on or after 1 November 2019. What is a gift card? A gift…

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Why there is a gap in my blog posts…

December 28, 2018

Providing updated information for businesses is part of what I do.  But I didn’t post anything for the last half of 2018. This is Why… I was involved in a car accident.  I was not seriously hurt, but I was injured enough to need a few months to get back into shape.  During this time,…

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July 30, 2018

Friends don’t SPAM friends – don’t be that person You accept a friend request from someone you are in a Facebook group with.  Then it starts – you receive promotional material through messenger… is this ok?  I didn’t think being friends with someone meant that they could send me promotional messages…can they? NO they CANNOT!…

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Do I have to give a refund?

June 8, 2018

You have an upset customer and they are demanding a refund. You’ve tried to explain your position, you’ve referred to your terms, but what do you do?  Ultimately, the law says if you have to give a refund a not.  This blog is to help you guide you through understanding whether you have to give…

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