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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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The Battle of Wills Can Be Avoided – How to Avoid a Challenge to Your Will!

By Morgan Solomon, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers

7 October 2014

Contested wills are among the most rapidly growing form of litigation in Western Australia.  Booming property values over the past ten years, along with enforced superannuation contributions, means that many older people are leaving behind life-changing amounts of money.  And the rise of divorce, de facto relationships and blended families makes for many more potential claimants than in the past.

In my experience, as soon as the value of an estate exceeds $500,000, the likelihood of someone challenging a Will becomes very much higher, although I also see challenges to estates that are more modest.  And with the average family home in Perth worth over $500,000, many estates present high value targets.

The law provides that, so long as you are mentally competent, you may leave your assets to whoever you chose.

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Posted on: Oct 7, 2014

What Are Your Consumer Rights?

By Darryl Koh, Solicitor at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers

2 October 2014

When you purchase a product or service, there is an expectation that it can perform the job intended, or that it is at least of a certain quality commensurate to the price paid. If it is not up to mark, then you expect to be able to seek recourse or compensation from the seller or provider.

The Australian Consumer Law

Fortunately, the Australian Consumer Law provides basic rights for consumers to return goods that they have bought, including if they are faulty, don’t live up to what was advertised, or doesn’t perform as expected. In addition, retailers often have their own policies on the return or exchange of products for which is outside the scope of the Australian Consumer Law.

The Australian Consumer Law automatically applies if you bought, hired or leased goods or services after 1 January 2011:

  • for less than $40,000;
  • for more than $40,000 but they are normally used for personal, domestic or household purposes.

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    Posted on: Oct 2, 2014

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

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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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