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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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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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The Disturbing Rise of Elder Abuse

By Morgan Solomon, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers

Article as published in The Australian on 12 April 2014

One of the most disturbing trends to exercise lawyers in recent years is the financial abuse of elderly people.  The rise of the largest, wealthiest, and most vulnerable generation of seniors in our history has been accompanied by a dramatic growth in cases where frail, older people are being ripped off by the very people to whom they have entrusted their financial affairs.  This is typically the son or daughter to whom they assigned an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA).

The following statistics provide some sobering context:

  • Victims of financial and other abuse tend to be late retirees, living alone, and in 33% to 69% of cases suffering from dementia;
  • Australians aged 65 and older will grow from 12% of the population in 2001 to 21% by 2031;
  • Wealth available for inheritance will rise from $8.

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    Posted on: Apr 14, 2014

Pitfall of Construction Adjudication

By Les Buchbinder, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers

11 April 2014

 Disputes are more common in the building and construction area than in most other sectors of the economy.  Poor workmanship, time constraints and demands for payment for extras falling outside of an original contract, are just a few of the typical reasons for disputes.

When the WA Government passed the Construction Contracts Act in 2005, the aim was to enable disputes to be fast-tracked through an Adjudication process, rather than for disputing parties to have to wait to go to Court.

While Adjudication has been a great step forward in many ways, there is one major pitfall: if a claim is made against your organisation, you have only fourteen days to respond.  These are calendar days, not business days, and no concession is made for public holidays.

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Posted on: Apr 11, 2014

The Sad Case of Mickey Rooney

By Morgan Solomon, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers

10 April 2014

The famous US actor Mickey Rooney died a mere 4 days ago and the contents of his Will and the sad trials that he endured suffering elder abuse at the hands of his family are already before the media.

At one time Mickey Rooney was the highest paid actor in Hollywood and was a child star working consistently all through his life receiving numerous awards including an Honorary Academy Award.

And yet on his death his entire estate is worth a reported US$18,000.

Mickey Rooney's final Will left the entirety of his estate to his step son, Mark, and leaving nothing to his wife, who he was apparently estranged from, and his 8 children.

One of Mickey Rooney's step sons, Christopher, has been accused of stealing US$2.8m from Mickey Rooney and allegations were made that Christopher had been the perpetrator of elder abuse against his step father by keeping him confined to his house, depriving him of food and medication and taking control of his finances.

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Posted on: Apr 10, 2014

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