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Is this Darwin’s cheapest Will?

How Much Have You Been Quoted to Get Your Will Done? A client came to me the other day and they had just been quoted over $1,500 to get their Will done. Understandably, they said to me: "That's unbelievable! All I want is something simple". So I suggested this person to have a look at…
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ATO attacks Trust Splitting; Resettlement Back on the Table

The arrival of TD 2018/D3 on Trust Splitting disrupts the pleasant calm around trust variations since TD 2012/21 when the ATO seemed to throw its hands in the air post-Clark and say that almost anything done in accordance with powers under a trust deed is not a resettlement. The draft ruling introduces a different approach…
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Sophia, Robot Citizenship, and AI Legal

On October 25, 2017, Sophia became the first robot in history to be a full citizen of Saudi Arabia. First of all, let's assume there is actual citizenship granted and it is not just a marketing stunt. And so we look at what happens if we create such legal rights in robots. The first problem…
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The First Law Firm without Lawyers Opened in Coolalinga

Cartland Law are pleased to announce the opening of a world first: a Law Firm Without Lawyers! Powered by Ailira, the Artificially Intelligent Legal Information Research Assistant, the office is located in Coolalinga Shopping Centre, 29km south of Darwin, Northern Territory. The Law Firm Without Lawyers can assist consumers with legal information and documents relating…
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How the Family Trust Saved a Family House

The Problem with the GST Payment I know a guy named Patrick who started a new business - running a Café, and he really wanted to set it up the right way. He saved some money and bought a house for his girlfriend Susan. Patrick and Susan were hoping to get married in a couple…
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Cartland Law Opens New Office in Coolalinga Shopping Centre

Cartland Law are proud to announce that we are launching a new office to specifically serve people in rural areas of the Northern Territory. At the new Cartland Law Office located in the Coolalinga Shopping Centre we have prepared a very special deal for all visitors: Legal Wills for only $150. Making a Will is…
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Why Bill Gates’​ Robot Tax is either Bad or Scary

Bill Gates has suggested that in response to robots taking the jobs of humans, there should be a robot tax. As a tax lawyer who builds artificial intelligence (and known as the Taxinator), of course I am going to have some comments.   His line of reasoning is that a "human worker who does, say,…
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Xmas Chatbot

Chatbots are the new black. But this season they have also been the new red white and green - with the Cartland Law Xmas Chatbot. Having just spent 18 months developing legal AI (Ailira) when I went to send a Xmas message out to clients I thought that it wouldn’t be a hard task to…
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