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Happy New Year

Our offices are now open for business again, ready for 2023. We hope everyone had a relaxing, refreshing break.

If you are thinking of buying or selling your property, updating your will or ensuring your business’ Intellectual Property protection, we are here and ready to help. Please contact us or visit our website for more information at

Can I trade mark my Surname?

In Short (yes, Short is also a surname) a surname can become a registered trade mark and a protected brand.

Butt (surname) there are a multitude of factors that will determine whether or not your surname can be protected. Some of these factors are:

  • How common is your surname in Australia?

  • Are the goods and services under your brand easily produced or readily available (ie clothing vs submarines)?

  • Is the market for your goods/services highly regulated or strictly licensed?

  • Is it common practice in the industry for traders to use their surname in the normal course of their business (ie law firms/ Real Estate agencies)?

  • Does your surname have a separate meaning (ie Wood, Green, Black)?

If you want to protect your surname or are thinking of using your surname as your brand, then come talk to us at Moustacas & Co Lawyers.

Updating your will

With the start of the new year, it is a good time to think about making your will or updating your current one.

Having an up to date will ensures your loved ones don’t get left in the dark as a will ensures your property and assets go to the people and places you want it to.

A lawyer can ensure your will is drafted and signed correctly and that your personal wishes are best communicated in a clear manner.

If you would like to amend your will in any way, it is essential that you notify your lawyer to make such changes to ensure your will is valid. If not, the invalid will may not go into probate, affecting to who or where your property goes.

The team at Moustacas & Co Lawyers can assist in both drafting a new will or updating a current one. Contact us today to arrange an appointment or visit our website for more information.

Get In Touch

Contact us today on 02 9387 6866 for all your Conveyancing, Intellectual Property and Wills & Estates matters, or visit for more information.

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