{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2018} You WILL need to protect your family

McIntosh McPhillamy & Co is our area’s oldest law firm and is also one of the biggest. They blend traditional values with modern methods and technologies to ensure that their client’s best interests always come first. 

Whether you are buying a home, selling a business or planning for the future their experienced staff can help guide you along the way. 

I think a lot of people are scared about seeing a solicitor to talk about preparing a Will because death is an uncomfortable subject to discuss. The friendly and approachable staff can help you draft a document that sets out your wishes clearly and protects your family if the worst was to happen. 

With 12 solicitors and a magnitude of support staff they are local town firm with the big city experience.  

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McIntosh McPhillamy & Co are dedicated to providing prompt, professional and friendly advice and can answer any of your legal questions. Mc & Mc are community minded and like giving back, in fact they even started a free legal clinic on Saturday mornings back in 1992 to make sure everyone has access to quality legal advice. 

Offering service in all areas of the law are able to help secure a better future for your family.

If you need legal help today contact:

| Phone: 02 6331 1533 |

| Email: info@mcmc.com.au |

| Visit: Level 2, 230 Howick Street, Bathurst |

| Facebook: @McIntosh McPhillamy & Co |

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The family at Mc & Mc want to give back again this Christmas and are offering one lucky nester the most wonderful prize. Peace of mind.

The winner will receive a one-on-one consultation with a qualified solicitor who will draft a pair of Wills, Power of Attorney and Appointment of Enduring Guardianship for the winner and their partner. 

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of McIntosh McPhillamy & Co as well as The Central Nest’s facebook pages and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Thursday 20 December 2018.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2018 Rules

{The Legal Nest} What am I worth?

Today our Legal advice contributor James Horsburgh, Solicitor and Director from McIntosh McPhillamy & Co in Bathurst talks all things Family Law Property Settlement.

James has over 10 years experience and practices primarily in the areas of Family law, Criminal law and litigation. He is a Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law, essentially making him an expert in that field.

James is married and has two children. He is extensively involved in the local community and loves fighting the good fight.
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PROPERTY SETTLEMENT – WHAT IS A CONTRIBUTION?

Have you ever wondered how the Courts determine what your contributions are worth when deciding on a property settlement? Well, the Courts take many things into consideration. money tree

Contributions are assessed during three (3) stages of the relationship, these are:

  1. Contributions prior to the commencement of the relationship.
  2. Contributions made during the relationship.
  3. Contributions made after separation.

A question I am often asked is, does the court just look at financial contributions? The answer is no. Ultimately the court looks at three (3) types of contributions, these are:

  1. Financial Contributions
    • E.g a party’s earnings, or money or other assets brought into the relationship.
  2. Non-financial contributions
    • Contributions made directly or indirectly, by or on behalf of a party, to the acquisition, conservation or improvement of any of the property that the parties have.
  3. Contributions to the welfare of the family
    • Contributions made by either party in their capacity as homemaker or parent.

The significance or the weight which is afforded to any particular contribution is a matter for the court. However, in reaching an outcome which is fair and reasonable, it is not sufficient to say that “I have paid for everything, he/she should get nothing!”.

If you want more information about the contributions that you have made to your relationship, please do not hesitate to contact James at McIntosh McPhillamy & Co on 6331 1533 or email him directly at jhorsburgh@mcmc.com.au

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