- Is your home insurance up to date? Kindly ensure that you do not burn extra candles and firecrackers within the near vicinity of your home so that unnecessary damage can in fact be avoided. Please ensure that your home insurance is taken care of so that in the unlikely event of damage being caused to homes, you can make a claim for insurance.
- Have all loans provided to your family and friends been returned? If not, there is no better time than Diwali to request for all your debts to be repaid. If you have been unable to recover your monies provided or loaned to your family or friends, please ensure that you proceed to demand the same to be provided before Diwali, failing which you can put them on Notice that a legal letter of demand would be issued in order to claim the same, and the matter could be escalated to your lawyers. Kindly ensure that the debt due and payable to you is recovered within a 6 year limitation period, failing which the Statute of Limitation applies and debars you from pursuing any debts that are due and payable to you.
- Are you a single parent who has children? If so, have you thought about who will have the custody and care of the children this Diwali? Are the children going to be spending equal time with both parents? If you have not arrived at a parental plan, agreement or do not have existing Court Orders, then kindly proceed to contact us as a matter of urgency in order to have these issues clarified and resolved before the festive day.
- Unexpected brawls and incidents- It is usually when family and friends meet over a drink or two that issues and disputes arise. Please ensure that if unfortunately, issues do get precipitated and the Police gets involved, kindly proceed to ensure that you do not provide a statement. You can put the Police on Notice that you do not wish to be interviewed unless you are legally represented. Please note that your rights, and do not feel pressurised in order to attend any interview. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.
- Motor vehicle accident – In the unforeseen event that you are in a rush during the festive season and proceed to be involved in a motor vehicle accident, please ensure that you exchange the Drivers Licence details with the other motor vehicle owner/ driver, take photographs whilst at the accident location and take a video recording if possible.
- Travelling ? If you wish to travel to celebrate with interstate family members, please ensure that the current COVID rules and requirements are in fact followed through and especially with regards to what each state’s regulations are. Kindly speak with your local travel agent in order to obtain the updated information.
- Will- You may also consider whether you need to redo or have a Will prepared if you do not have one already. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to have a Will drafted or amended.
- Buying or selling property during Diwali ? If you wish to have your property listed for sale during Diwali or wish to purchase a property, please ensure that the Contract for Sale of Land is reviewed beforehand so that any legal issues that can in fact be identified be ascertained and clarified before you sign the contract. We can provide you with these Conveyancing services. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
We wish you all a very happy Diwali, and please do not hesitate to contact Freedman & Gopalan Solicitors on 02 8917 8700 if you wish to plan ahead or discuss any of the above issues raised.