Case Review: Hit and Run by Unidentified Mobility Scooter

The Scenario

In 2017, an elderly client of ROCHE Legal was shopping at a supermarket when a person riding a mobility scooter negligently reversed into them. The shopper was knocked down and caused them a serious injury. The person riding the mobility scooter saw what they had done, and chose to flee the scene without showing any concern or offering any assistance.

The Problem

If you use a motorised wheelchair on a footpath or road area in Queensland, it must be registered. The ...

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Top 8 Forgotten Assets When You Die In Your 30’s

If you are tasked with being the Executor or Administrator of the estate of a lost loved one who left this world too soon, you know that whilst still grieving you must act in an administrative role to close out their affairs. After organising the funeral, the next step is to ascertain the lost loved one’s assets and liabilities.

Typical assets and liabilities may include, for example:

  • real estate
  • mortgages
  • cars
  • personal loans
  • cash
  • bank accounts
  • credit cards
  • furniture and household appliances
  • jewellery
  • shares and other investments
  • business holdings
  • insurance policies
  • superannuation

Determining the Liabilities ...

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10 Steps to Take After a Car Accident in Queensland

A car accident should always be taken seriously, no matter the severity. The compensation claim process can be complex, and strict time limits apply to making claims. If you have been involved in an accident and wish to discuss your options urgently, contact ROCHE Legal today. In the meantime, here are the 10 steps to take after a car accident.

Step 1: Get to Safety

Getting off the road is important, not only for you and the other passengers, but for the general ...

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Receiving Workcover Benefits? Don’t let them close your claim without getting a ‘Notice of Assessment’ first

For some people, receiving a weekly payment from Workcover following an workplace injury is enough to tide them over until they have fully recovered and returned to work. In this case, Workcover will stop paying a weekly benefit and close the claim – balance is restored – everybody is happy.

But what if despite returning to work, you haven’t “fully” recovered?

Or what if you had to find a new job that is different and less physical than your old one?

If either ...

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New Pathway to Permanent Residency in Australia for Rugby (Union & League) and Soccer Players

Earlier this month the Australian government announced a change to the skilled occupations list (a list of nominated occupations that the Australian government wants to attract to Australia) to include ‘footballer’ on the the medium to long-term list rather than the short-term list, upon which it has existed since March 2018.

This means that previously, foreign players could only be granted a two-year visa, with one opportunity for renewal for a further two years. However, as of this week (11 March ...

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No Further Stay Waivers (Visa Conditions 8503, 8534 and 8535)

A ‘No Further Stay’ condition prevents visa holders from applying for many temporary and permanent visas while they are in Australia.

Conditions include 8503, 8534 and 8535.

If one of these conditions has been attached to your visa, you cannot apply for another visa (except a protection visa or a temporary visa of a specified kind, while you are in Australia).

If you don’t have the right to remain in Australia, you must leave.

Checking your visa

If ...

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International Player Eligibility for The Qantas Wallabies

If you are a high calibre rugby player from overseas, seeking to determine your eligibility to represent Australia by playing for the Qantas Wallabies in this years’ World Cup in Japan, the time is now to perform a simple calculation.

World Rugby Regulation 8 sets out the rules for being eligible to represent a country at international level for the fifteen-a-side game. To put it simply, you must either:

  1. complete 36 consecutive months (3 years) of Residence immediately preceding ...
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Private Investigation Services

Its 2018. Most people have had access to the internet now for over 20 years, and boy has it come a long way. It is the primary source of communication for both private individuals and businesses. Unfortunately, due to this fact, and how easy it is to remain anonymous online, there has been an increase in associated fraudulent behaviour.

Two common examples we see often which individuals come up against are:

  1. Investment Scams
  2. Online Abuse

Investment Scams – Example

A broker from overseas (commonly either ...

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Can I Represent Myself in a DUI Case?

The short answer is “Yes, you can!”

To represent yourself in a Queensland court is a right. However, it may or may not be the best option.

Self-Representation is Challenging

Even though DUI matters are common in the Queensland court system, don’t let that fool you into believing that these offences are viewed by the courts as trivial offences.

That is not the case!

The fact is that DUI offences are taken very seriously, and the consequences of these types of offences can severely impact ...

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How to Get a Work Licence After a DUI

The issuing of a work licence is a provision under Queensland legislation (Section 87 Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995), which allows a person convicted of drink driving (or driving with drugs present in their system) to drive only for work purposes during their period of licence disqualification.

No matter what anyone might tell you, the process is not straightforward. A quick glance at Section 87, and you will see why.

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not ...

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