Meet Emma Donnelly

Emma DonnellyPosition: Litigation Secretary

How long you have been working here for? About 2 months

What do you enjoy about working here? I’m new so everyone has to be super nice to me (feeling special).

How do you spend your time outside of work? Playing mini golf, eating, adventuring.

What is your favourite type of music? Michael Bolton (this is not a joke – I did cry at his concert).

Bank Blocking Access to Necessary Funds

Today, there is an article in the Sunshine Coast Daily which talks about John Russell battling to gain access to his deceased fathers’ and step mothers bank account.

John requires access to continue making ongoing payments to his step mother’s age care facility, however the account has been frozen.

“My step mum has dementia; but prior to my dad’s passing she gave him power of attorney,” John explained. “The bank told me they could continue the payments my dad set up for my step mum, but I can’t do anything else with the account because I don’t have authority.”

John has had to make payments from his own savings and now may have to go back to full time work. You can read more in detail on the Sunshine Coast Daily website.

If you need some advice about Wills, Power of Attorney, Estate Planning contact our office today.

Compensation for Unfair Dismissal

An article released by the Courier Mail today, tells of how a former company financial controller was sacked after sending a ‘joke’ email to his boss.

However, the Fair Work Commission found out there were other emails circulated around the office regularly with one email group calling themselves “The Porn Stars”. These emails included hard core pornography, sexism and racism.

Mr Cronin was awarded $62,000 in compensation for unfair dismissal. Read more here

Open Gardens Australia – Ryhope Gardens Open day

By Travis Schultz, Managing Partner

The Australian Open Garden Scheme is a not for profit group who open up private gardens for the public to enjoy.  They have asked me to open up our garden once again this year and I have agreed to do so because the open garden also supports our chosen charity, Wishlist, who do so much for local families.

As you know, I was born with 10 thumbs, and none of them green, but previous owners of the 4½ acre property at Buderim carefully crafted magnificent gardens that take in over half of the property and make the most of the views of the Pacific to the East and Mount Coolum to the North.  Entry is $7.00 for adults, of which half goes to fund the Open Gardens Scheme and the other half goes to the charity of the owner’s choice and in this instance, that will be Wishlist.  The flyer and a couple of photos are attached so please pass this on to any family and friends who are either keen gardeners or who just like to get out of the house on the weekend.