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Technologists and Lawyers and Legal Regulations: Risks for Lawyers

This is part two based on a transcript from 'Legal Technology: Risk and Regulation' video of my three-part series commenting on different views on and between technologies and lawyers in legal regulations. The first part of the series reviewed the existing state of legal regulations. In this article, I will focus on the risks we…
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Draft Taxation Ruling TD 2018/D3: Commissioner’s View

This is the last part of my three-part series commenting on Draft Taxation Ruling TD 2018/D3. In this article, I will focus on the CGT and TD 2018/D3. The previous parts of the series explained the differences between No New Trust View and New Trust View. WHY A NEW TRUST WAS CREATED In TD 2018/D3…
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Draft Taxation Ruling TD 2018/D3: New Trust View

This is part 2 of my three-part series commenting on Draft Taxation Ruling TD 2018/D3. In this article, I will focus on the New Trust View and its consequence, and the last part of the series will be dedicated to discussing CGT and TD 2018/D3. The first part of the series explains No New Trust…
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Draft Taxation Ruling TD 2018/D3: No New Trust View

This is part 1 of my three-part series commenting on Draft Taxation Ruling TD 2018/D3. In this article, I will focus on No New Trust View and will explain why, in my opinion, No New Trust View is an error. The second part will focus on the New Trust View and its consequence, and the…
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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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