Advance Decisions – what you need to know

Any fans of BBC’s The Split will have seen the appearance of a Private Client lawyer in the last episode of the most recent series (who knew Private Client law was so glamorous?!), brought in to assist a client put in place a document known as an Advance Decision, or Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment (commonly known […]

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Austral Asia Regional Meeting

The sub-regional meeting for the IRG Australasia was held on the 24th of March.  While we had hoped to hold an in person meeting, still the restrictions of Covid resulted in heading back to the ZOOM Room for an exchange of ideas, and updates for how our members were managing. Firstly new members, Schon Condon […]

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Budget 2022: Important Changes Impacting Real Estate

The Federal Government has released Budget 2022: A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable (the “Budget”). In connection with the Government’s efforts to make housing more affordable and available to all Canadians, the Budget introduces several measures that will impact real estate across the country. The following is a brief, high-level summary of some […]

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Potential Corporate Tax Impacts of the Proposed Reconciliation Bill

On September 13, 2021, the House Ways & Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives released the draft text of its proposed budget reconciliation bill (the “Build Back Better Act [First Draft]”), and on September 15, 2021 it approved various sections of the proposal. The Committee released an updated draft on October 28, 2021 (the “Build […]

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Potential Estate Planning Tax Impacts of the Proposed Reconciliation Bill

On September 13, 2021, the House Ways & Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives released the draft text of its proposed budget reconciliation bill (the “Build Back Better Act [First Draft]”), and on September 15, 2021 it approved various sections of the proposal. The Committee released an updated draft on October 28, 2021 (the “Build […]

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Potential Tax Impacts of the Proposed Reconciliation Bill to Individual Taxpayers

On September 13, 2021, the House Ways & Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives released the draft text of its proposed budget reconciliation bill (the “Build Back Better Act [First Draft]”), and on September 15, 2021 it approved various sections of the proposal. The Committee released an updated draft on October 28, 2021 (the “Build […]

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Potential Tax Impact to Individual Taxpayer: Effective – January 1, 2021

[On November 5, 2021, the changes detailed below were approved by the Senate and are going to be voted on in the House of Representatives.] Potential Tax Impact to Individual Taxpayer: Effective – January 1, 2021 Increase to Allowable State and Local Tax Deduction (§137601): Currently, up to $10,000 may be deducted for state and […]

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California Updates Several Employment Laws: Effective January 1, 2022

1. The Definition of “Family” Officially Changed to Include Your In-Laws. One of the more interesting changes comes from AB 1033 (available here). A straightforward law, the California Family Rights Act is amended so that “family” includes an employee’s parents-in-law. Current law makes it unlawful for an employer to refuse to grant a request by an […]

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New Rules to take effect under the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has adopted final rules that implement provisions of the Trademark Modernization Act enacted on December 27, 2020. Most of the rules will become effective on December 18, 2021. Highlights of the new rules include streamlined procedures for canceling registrations due to nonuse. The underlying policy for these […]

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Best Wishes from Koffels Solicitors

To all the IRG team, and our many friends and colleagues in IR Global, we send very best wishes from all of us here at Koffels Solicitors in Sydney, Australia. We are so disappointed not to be able to attend this year, but we are with you in spirit, and wish you the best conference […]

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