Legal eagles ‘lawyer-up’ at seminar

Tamworth lawyers are now more equipped to deal with battles over wills and land. 

JUST CAUSE: Discussing updates to family law are Wayne Riggien, Terry Robinson, Michael McHugh and barrister David Roberts. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 140614GOC01

JUST CAUSE: Discussing updates to family law are Wayne Riggien, Terry Robinson, Michael McHugh and barrister David Roberts. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 140614GOC01

They were brought up-to-date with the latest developments in Real Property Law by Sydney solicitor Gary Newton, while Sydney barrister David Roberts discussed updates to the Family Provisions Act at a seminar on Saturday.

The Law Company’s Michael McHugh said the talks provided crucial information about 

e-conveyancing, “a very important development for solicitors”. 

Transferring legal property online would allow people to take advantage of internet facilities, streamline property transactions and settlements online, as well as minimise fraudulent property transactions, Mr McHugh said.

However he stressed it was “even more critical” for people to seek out the expertise of lawyers in the internet age. 

“It appears you will have to use a lawyer to access the online services – the lawyer is registered to use e-conveyancing to carry out transactions on behalf of their client,” he said. 

Also on the table were discussions about eligibility criteria for making claims under disputed wills, an important point for Tamworth lawyers dealing with family law.

“Because we’ve got more blended families, more “Brady Bunch” families, there are more disputes involving wills,” Mr McHugh said. 

“It’s often in that context that a dispute will arise.”

The day of continuing legal education (CLE) was sponsored by Tamworth Lawyers to save time and money for local solicitors, who are required to complete 

10 CLE points each year to continue their practising certificate. 

“Normally they have to travel to Sydney, and by the time you pay for airfares and accommodation, it could cost thousands of dollars,” Mr McHugh said. 

He said the event reflects Tamworth’s place as a professional service hub, with many of Tamworth’s 70 lawyers being accredited specialists. 

“People all over the north west come to Tamworth for their legal services,” he said. 

“We are lucky that we’ve got good lawyers here, so people don’t have to go off to Newcastle or Sydney.”

The event was well attended by almost 40 local lawyers, and another CLE day is expected in the coming months.

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