Things You Need to Consider Before Hiring A Cheap Conveyancing Service

When you sell or buy a house or property, you will need a conveyancing service. A conveyancer will do the complicated legal works and facilitate you at your best interests. Conveyancing costs are going to include various kinds of fees that are usually reasonable and standard. However, you might still find that there are expensive and cheap conveyancing services if you compare quotes of various conveyancing service providers. It is crucial that you hire a conveyancer who complies with legal obligations and conducts the buying or selling process properly and smoothly. Finding A Conveyancing Solicitor A lot of buyer and sellers of properties have a hard time negotiating conveyancing prices since there are not many options available. Oftentimes, they just hire local conveyancers that are referred by real estate agents. However, local solicitors are not the only option. Most local solicitors give referral incentives for real estate agents and therefore, real estate agents are not entirely dependable. What you can do is gather information about conveyancing solicitors through their websites, and select one from them in order to ensure that you get quality work for a good price. If you urgently need a conveyancing solicitor, you do not have to immediately select the first cheap conveyancing service that is offered to you. More often than not, inexperienced or very busy conveyancers might talk you into hiring them, but they will just slowly process the conveyance of property. An experienced conveyancer will normally charge about 20% more than an inexperienced conveyancer. Also, you have to be careful with the charges because a lot of conveyancers charge disbursements at high costs. Go for Affordable Rather Than Cheap Conveyancing You can still get quality conveyancing services at reasonably costs, not necessarily cheap conveyancing with poor quality of service. All you have to do is consider the competency of the conveyancing company before you get someone. Some professional companies offer 'No hidden charges', which means they will charge you with a fix amount allowing you to control your budget while getting the soliciting service that you prefer. You would expect a fast processing with the conveyancing fees you are paying for. Delayed processing can normally be experienced with a cheap conveyancing service. Also, if the conveyancer representing you does not do a good work, you might not get the deal that you want and you will have to hire someone else to do the right job. Buying or selling a house is naturally taxing. There are so many documents that have to be taken care of and details that should not be missed. A conveyancer should make the entire process easy for you.…

Work Health and Safety Laws Update

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In October 2007, the then Opposition Industrial Relations Spokesperson, Julia Gillard (now Prime Minister), announced that her future government would move towards a more harmonised approach to Work Health and Safety (WHS) and Workers Compensation legislation within Australia. Under the Australian Constitution the Federal Government does not have powers to make workplace health and safety laws so too the approach of negotiating with the States and Territories to develop 'model' laws that could then be adopted in each jurisdiction to result in 'harmonised' laws across the country. The Labor party was elected and by May 2008, as Industrial Relations Minister, Ms Gillard announced that a national review would be undertaken of all Work Health and Safety laws across the country. The resultant findings were published and public submissions were sort. Hundreds of submissions were received and a great deal of debate occurred within the community, industry, by unions and across the jurisdictions of Australia. Several jurisictions enacted their versions of the law with start dates of 1st January 2012. South Australian and Tasmanian recently moved toward an effective start date of 1st January 2013. However, neither Victoria nor Wester Australia appear to be moving toward the new laws. Recently the Federal Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten, called upon the Victorian and Western Australian governments to introduce their new health and safety laws. "Workers and employers in South Australia and Tasmania will join millions of other Australians already benefiting from harmonised WHS laws in other states and territories. This year marks the first time in history the majority of Australians will be covered by harmonised work health and safety arrangements," the Minister said. The new Work Health and Safety Act and Regulation is intended to drive consistency and reduce red tape, particularly for businesses working across 2 or more jurisdictions. According to to the Ministor Shorten, the increased productivity is worth up to $2 billion a year over the next 10 years. The result, for now, is that business has a variety of obligations across Australia. However, for the first time, all jurisdictions are discussing Work Health and Safety across borders. The national government is engaged and the future looks like a harmonised approach. It is vital that businesses act now to determine what their current and future legal obligations are. Those operating across jurisdictions may have varied start date. The new laws bring a different approach, additional obligations and higher penalties than have existed before. Boards, business owners, senior managers have a legal obligation to carry out WHS Compliance Checks to ensure they are keeping their workers safe.…

Mental Health And The Law

Mental health is a significant issue facing Australia today. Estimates suggest that approximately 20% of the population will suffer some mental health issue in 2012 alone. The most common mental health issues that people suffer from are Anxiety and/or Depression. This article looks at mental health in the law and looks at ways of becoming more optimistic to overcome these issues. A world-renowned authority in Happiness research Dr Martin Seligman takes a different view towards mental health than the profession of clinical psychology has historically taken. Up until the late 1990s, mental health was conceptualised as being about "What is Wrong With You"? Providing people with a diagnosis. For example, "You're Depressed!" "You're Anxious!" "You're Bi-Polar!" These diagnoses were based on the DSM-IV. The DSM-V will be released in 2013. The DSM-IV detailed the symptoms for each psychological issue and clinical psychologists and psychiatrists were able to diagnose, "label people" and treat them based on it. Seligman was instrumental in what is known as the "Positive Psychology" movement, which moved away from the "labeling" or "diagnosing" method towards focusing on the positive. In his book Learned Optimism he detailed methods (based on research) about how you can improve your happiness and mental health (detailed at the end of this article) and introduced a concept called Optimism. Which is the way that people look at success and failure in their life (more on this later in the article). He went on to look at individuals in optimistic professions and those in pessimistic professions. For example, he classified the Law as a pessimistic profession! Why? Generally lawyers are looking at fault, why people or organisations can't do something? Are you going to be exposed? When working in a firm environment for example, the mindset created is of making sure that you don't make a mistake. Ingenuity or creativity is often not encouraged. A lot of lawyers can get into this pessimistic mindset very quickly and stay there. Where their work is only noticed when they make a mistake. Is this a sustainable way of operating? Will this negative motivation be able to sustain them throughout their career? The happiness research suggests that optimists are happier, live longer and suffer from fewer mental health issues in life. The real question is how can you work as a lawyer and operate with an optimistic mindset? Optimism is about how you interpret your environment. For example, if a set-back happens to an optimist (e.g., your boss/ client is critical of their work), they will view it as an isolated event and not take the feedback personally, so that it doesn't affect their confidence in future work projects. A pessimist will react in the opposite manner, believing that the criticism or negative event is a reflection on them personally and something that they are unable to change. In psychology will call this a global character attribution. The first secret to becoming more optimistic in the Law (especially as a graduate), is how you handle criticism? When it occurs (which it will) try to attribute it or explain it to yourself based on specific task details rather than global or relationship dynamics (e.g., "They don't like me", "I'm not suited for the law"). Vice versa when positive events occur to you at work. Attribute them to global character traits (e.g., "I'm really suited to the law") and not specific task areas (e.g., "I was lucky on that project"). To finish this article (as promised) I'm going to summarise eight scientifically validated ways of improving your happiness and improving your mental health. They are: Count your blessings Practice acts of kindness Savor life's joys Thank a mentor Learn to forgive Invest time and energy in friends and family Take care of your body Develop strategies for coping with stress and hardship…
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