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The Law of Time

Much of our lives is underpinned by the operation of legislation and regulations; often without us realising it. Take daylight saving for instance; we all appreciate its presence through Summer because it means we can maximise our time outside, but have you ever thought to question what dictates its existence? Well, let me introduce you to the Standard Time Act 1987 (NSW). This little-known Act operates purely to prescribe exactly how “time” (which incorporates Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time) operates in NSW. Under this Act, Standard Time in NSW is defined as “10 hours in advance of Co-ordinated Universal Time”, which is a period determined by the International Bureau of Weights and

Demystifying Probate and Letters of Administration

There are many practical tasks that need to be undertaken after someone passes away, including making sure that the deceased’s assets are properly handled and distributed either in accordance with the deceased’s will, or, if the person did not have a valid will, the laws of intestacy. The question is: who has the authority to handle the deceased’s assets? If the deceased had a will, that role would generally fall on the executor appointed under the will. Depending on the value, and type, of assets, the executor may then need to apply to the Supreme Court for a Grant of Probate. If the deceased did not have a valid will (otherwise known as dying intestate) then an eligible relative would usua

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