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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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Time Limits & Family Court Proceedings– Has the Ship Already Sailed?

By Anna Westphal, Solicitor at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers

22 September 2014

Separated from your partner and want to stick your head in the sand? Not always a good idea. It is important to be aware of the time limits in the Family Court for commencing proceedings for property and spousal maintenance. Missing limitation dates could cause you unnecessary stress, paperwork, and legal fees. You may also suffer financial prejudice. The limitation dates discussed below are in relation to property and spousal maintenance applications only.

De Facto Couples
De facto couples have two years from the date of separation to commence proceedings in the Family Court. If this limitation date has passed, leave must be sought from the Court to start proceedings. Whether or not an application for leave is successful will depend on the circumstances of the particular case.

Married Couples & Divorce
When a married couple separates, their time limits are dependent upon divorce.

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Posted on: Sep 22, 2014

Why You Should Never Think of Insurance Renewal Notices as ‘Routine’

By Les Buchbinder, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers

5 September 2014

When most of us receive renewal letters from our insurers for our house, car or healthcare, we usually focus on the cost of the renewal and ignore the rest of the document.  But spending just a few minutes checking the details and reflecting on what has happened since the last renewal document can mean all the difference between dealing with life’s inevitable challenges with relative ease, or suffering serious financial hardship.

Omitting to mention changes is different from material non-disclosure.  But how are they different?

Omission

Let’s say you buy an expensive new item of jewelry or furniture. When your contents insurance renewal paperwork arrives, because you made the purchase nearly a year ago and don’t spend much time thinking about new capital items, you forget to list it on the renewal document.

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Posted on: Sep 5, 2014

How Best to Submit an Insurance Claim?

By Les Buchbinder, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers

26 August 2014

What’s the best way to submit an insurance claim.  In three words: through a lawyer.  Of course, if it’s a straightforward and relatively minor claim - for example, when you discover someone has reversed into your car, denting the passenger door and causing a couple of hundred of dollars worth of damage – there is probably no need or point involving a lawyer.

But for larger and more complex matters, legal advice can make all the difference because the wording of an insurance claim is extremely important.  I want to make it abundantly clear than under no circumstances should an insurer be lied to or deceived.  But getting advice on what information must be included in any claim form submitted to an insurer, and how to word this information, is critically important.

I have been involved in cases where significant disability claims have been paid out, while others, that seemed identical, were not.

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Posted on: Aug 26, 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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