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Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky (BBV) is one of Western Australia’s most respected law firms, delivering legal advice and solutions across a full range of practice areas.

BBV is the first significant law firm in Perth to offer legal services on a Fixed Fee Pricing basis – we no longer bill by the hour. This revolutionary approach focuses on delivering greater certainty and peace of mind to our clients. It is also consistent with our intent to become a firm of the future. In adopting Fixed Fee Pricing, BBV is helping shape the future of the legal profession into one that is more client focused and outcome driven.

Recognised by the Law Society of Western Australia as an Approved Quality Practice, BBV is also the proud winner of the prestigious Law Australasia Pursuit of Excellence Award.

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Three Legal Documents All Retirees Should Know About

By Morgan Solomon, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers

24 July 2014

Most people understand the importance of having a Will – although only half of us actually have one.  But this blog is about three other legal documents about what happens to us before we die which aren’t nearly so well understood.  These documents are an Enduring Power of Attorney, Enduring Power of Guardianship and Advance Health Directive.

Enduring Powers of Attorney gives a spouse, child, or other person you trust, authority of your bank accounts or investments in case you are unable to manage these because of illness, accident, or simply the creeping incapacity of old age.  Let’s say that you live on your own and were diagnosed with an illness that required treatment over an extended period of time.

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Posted on: Jul 24, 2014

Pay Now, Argue Later: Principals Must Follow an Adjudicator’s Decision

By Craig Hollett, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers

22 July 2014

One of the main purposes of Western Australia’s Construction Contracts Act 2004 (WA) is to make sure that progress payments keep flowing.  Historically, this has caused significant financial hardship to contractors who sometimes had to wait for years to be paid – in the meantime, having to finance the cost of running their own businesses themselves.

The Construction Contracts Act has a system of rapid adjudication if a payment dispute arises, which is conducted without any oral hearing, and in which the Adjudicator makes a determination.  That determination may require the principal to make payment to a contractor of disputed invoices, which means the debt is payable. The contractor may then enforce the determination under the Civil Judgments Enforcement Act 1004 (WA).

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Posted on: Jul 22, 2014

Why Rich Kids can be a Poor Idea – The Value of Testamentary Trusts

By Morgan Solomon, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers

9 July 2014

Would you expect the average 18 year old to effectively manage a $500,000 investment?   What of someone in her forties with a gambling addiction?  Or the person whose apparently prosperous lifestyle conceals a drug habit?

This is exactly the dilemma faced by some people when they consider leaving money to their children.  “Give it to the kids when they turn 18” is a fairly common reflex when the parents of very young children plan their will.  Part of my job, as an estate planning lawyer, is to challenge such thinking: do you really believe your child would be up to the job?  Is it fair even to ask an 18 year old to do such a thing?  How many twenty-somethings have the knowledge and experience to make sensible decisions about potentially quite sizeable amounts of money?

More challenging are situations when the parents of grown-up children fear that what should be a life-changing windfall will be misused or even dangerous.

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Posted on: Jul 9, 2014

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Fixed Fee Pricing
Our clients benefit from Fixed Fee Pricing

> Greater certainty and peace of mind
> Focus on outcomes delivered – not time spent
> Fees which fairly match each case
> Access to a wider pool of legal talent

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