Category: Bulletins

Adoption in The Bahamas Part II

March 17, 2014

Not only Bahamians are allowed to adopt Bahamian children or children from abroad. Non Bahamians are also allowed to adopt children from The Bahamas; however all applicants must firstly be approved by the Department of Social Services. Before non Bahamian applicants are approved they must be deemed eligible to adopt under the laws of their […]

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First Time Home Buyers and Stamp Duty Exemption

January 15, 2014

January 2014 – ISSUE 16 Far too often banks release funds for a mortgage for a piece of property to which the first time home buyer was not granted an exemption on stamp duty on the Conveyance and the Mortgage Deeds. This is very disappointing, especially when these additional costs were not included in your […]

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Adoption in The Bahamas – Part 1

November 6, 2013

Many children throughout the world and even in The Bahamas are raised by their adoptive parent or parents.  Some are adopted from birth while others are adopted at other ages. However, it becomes more difficult for children to be adopted as they get older as prospective adoptive parent or parents prefer newborn babies or toddlers. […]

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The Bahamas signs the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

October 8, 2013

On the 24th September, 2013, the Bahamas became a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international human rights treaty of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. As a result of the […]

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Changing or Revoking a Will in the Bahamas

July 29, 2013

July 2013 – ISSUE 13  It is not only important for you to make a Will, but it is equally important to keep your Will up to date. You made your Will, time has passed and you have acquired additional assets, you want to change the executor, trustee or a beneficiary named in your Will […]

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Immigration – Entry Requirements for Business & Client Meetings

July 22, 2013

July 2013 – ISSUE 12 In the Bahamas, the Ministry of Financial Services is Working Together with The Department of Immigration to Ensure Efficient Entry into The Bahamas for Business and Client Meetings. The Ministry of Financial Services and the Department of Immigration are committed to maintaining The Bahamas as a world class international financial […]

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Constitutional Commission Recommendations

July 17, 2013

Click here to view the Constitution Commission Report In August 2012, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas appointed a Commission with the following broad mandate: “To conduct a comprehensive review of the Constitution of The Bahamas, and to recommend changes to the Constitution in advance of the 40th anniversary of Independence next year. These changes […]

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Revenue Measures 2013/2014

June 11, 2013

Issue 10 Revenue Measures 2013/2014 In the Budget Communication presented to the House of Assembly by the Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie on Wednesday 29th May 2013, revenue measures for the fiscal year 2013/2014 effective July 1, 2013 were indicated as follows: 1. Bring into force the new Customs Management Act and […]

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Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments

May 27, 2013

In the Commonwealth of the Bahamas judgments obtained outside of the jurisdiction of The Bahamas can be registered in the Bahamas if the provisions of the Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments Act 1924, chapter 77 of the Statute Laws of the Bahamas (the Act) are complied with. Section 3 of the Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments Act […]

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The Protection of the Child – Part 2

May 6, 2013

In our issue, Protection of the Child Part I we looked at the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).  In this issue we will consider the Child Protection Act. The Child Protection Act 2007 in essence harmonizes the provisions of UNCRC with our domestic law and brought under one umbrella several […]

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