The illustration above depicts our offices located at 94 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg when it was built in the 1890s. Along with Barklys Hotel, it is one of the original brick and mortar buildings in the street. Founder and Director of JPLegal, John Pastro has been at this location since 1993, first as John Pastro & Co Solicitors, and subsequently as JPLegal.
In 2005, John acquired the building and in 2007, the building underwent a major renovation and extension with the buildings original character restored and preserved. Over the last 25 years, JPLegal has represented a diverse range of clients, including corporate entities, private clients and businesses in the areas of family, business and property law.
Initially, 94 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg operated as a grocery store until the 1950’s when a real estate agency began operating on both floor levels. John Pastrothen established his legal practice on level one whilst retail tenants continued operating on the ground floor. An interesting discovery made during the renovation in 2007, was ofa large cellar downstairs from when it was originally used as grocery store over a century ago. Currently, the Italian restaurant All’antico
John says “I’m proud of this building. It is one of the few buildings on the street that preserves the old character of the area. This building, along with the hotel (BarklysHotel), are probably the only original buildings on Burgundy Street that have been preserved and enhanced”.
JPLegal continues to be a reliable part of the Burgundy Street and Heidelberg community. The street will continue to undergo changes in the future, but we are looking forward to remaining a trusted and familiar presence in our community.
Heidelberg sketches / Ron Amor
Introducing Perfect Portal
At JPLegal, we aim to stay ahead of the curve, adopting cutting-edge technologies that we believe not only improve our efficiencies, but which also assist our clients by making their interaction with us as seamless and convenient as possible.
Over our next few newsletters, we will be introducing you to Perfect Portal. Perfect Portal enables our new and long-standing clients, as well as our partners in the real estate industry, to generate instant fee quotes for their conveyancing matters directly from our website. Clients are sent their quote via email to read and consider at their leisure. Clients can also instruct us to start their matter, at the click of a button. By doing so, they will be given their personal Perfect Portal login details, which they can then use to track the progress of their matter through to settlement. Buying and selling property can be a stressful time, with Perfect Portal, we hope to relieve any stress and bring clarity to an often cloudy process.
Article was written by Amanda Howes, Lawyer
The online do-it-yourself Wills kit appears to be a simple approach to getting your affairs in order. They are inexpensive and can be completed in minutes, but in the long haul, it could wind up costing your appointed beneficiaries more.
The potential problems that can arise far outweigh any savings in costs. A common mistake made, is that the Will is incorrectly executed, rendering it invalid. A Will kit neglects to inform you of the strict legislation that must be complied with when signing your Will. If your Will is invalid, your estate will be distributed in accordance with the intestacy rules. These rules define how your estate will be divided, and who will inherit a share, as opposed to your desired wishes.
More often than not, online Wills are poorly written, with no use of legal terminology to succinctly dispose of all your assets. This creates unwarranted ambiguity, resulting in your Will being contested. Claims on an estate can raise substantial costs, and such costs are payable from your estate, reducing or extinguishing the share your intended beneficiaries were to receive. Your Will can also be contested by someone you omitted, who believes they were entitled to receive a fair share of your estate.
Rather than causing your family unnecessary stress, get started with our Wills checklist and consult our lawyers to ensure your Will reflects your wishes, and minimises the risks of claims against your estate.
JPLegal @ The Train Yard
The Heidelberg area is continuing to grow. One local business that embodies this change is The Train Yard. This eatery is a cross section of what is great about the local foodie scene.
Melbourne’s culinary scene is one of the most important parts of our culture, and this Burgundy Street restaurant can satisfy any craving. During the week the cafe menu features the much loved avocado smash along with locally roasted Axil Coffee.
The Train Yard has their own meat smoker, so local residents don’t have to travel far to get their BBQ fix. Their menu features slow roasted meats, served for lunch or dinner in the beer garden, paired with local craft beers.
If you ask us, The Train Yard beer garden might be one of Melbourne’s best outdoor hidden secrets!
If you are planning a big night out with friends or a mid-week lunch catch up The Train Yard may be just the place! Their style of casual dining suits all occasions.