Victoria Park cenotaph

DP O’Keefe Macquarie Law is a legal office in Dubbo NSW Australia.

Dan O’Keefe is an experienced solicitor, accredited business law specialist, mediator and notary public.

Blue tick      Providing practical, cost-effective & confidential advice.

Blue tick      Come to us for a high level of service in a friendly & personal manner.

Law full news items

We are OPEN & propose to remain open & available as much as possible despite COVID

Some of the legal services we provide are essential. For instance, sales and purchases still need to go ahead. You should not put off signing a will. If stay at home rules apply we will be available for critical legal work.Covid safe logo

We are fully vaccinated and follow recommended health protocols. Please telephone or email us first if you have any concerns. If you are unwell with flu-like symptoms; if you have travelled overseas recently; or if you have been in contact with anyone at risk of having contracted Covid-19, we ask that you call us before coming into our office. Entry to our office is conditional on compliance with government health orders.

We need to behave and think differently in these extraordinary times. While maintaining social distance and good hygiene we should try to stay connected, reach out to those isolated and work together as a community.

Notary public or public notary - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Notary public seal exampleDan O'Keefe is a notary public. You will need to make an appointment to see a notary public. You will need identification, for example, a passport or driver's licence.

Copies of individual documents can be certified by a notary public for which there is a fee payable. Multiple documents are often collated and bound with a notarial certificate. If a power of attorney is required it should be prepared in the country in which it will be used before signing it in front of the notary public in Australia.

Our resources page has more information about fees & charges, general requirements, process, apostilles, authentication by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) and embassy or consulate.

Photo Peter DuffyVale Peter Duffy (1934 - 2021)

Peter Duffy's recent passing leaves a void in the Dubbo community.

A great family man, sportsman and respected solicitor with wide experience. His retirement due to failing health was a loss to the Dubbo legal community.

Peter was compassionate and astute. He was always active in the community. He was a great support to those who worked with him and young solicitors.

It's a sad loss but fond memories of Peter and his stories lives on.

(Duffy Elliott Facebook page) (Funeral 24 September 2021 1:30pm livestreamed)

CTsAbolition of certificates of title for land in NSW

NSW has been moving away from paper-based processes and toward the electronic lodgment of land transactions (eConveyancing). From 11 October 2021 certificates of title for land in NSW will be abolished. All records will be kept electronically by the land registry service.

Most "title deeds" for land were actually a certificate of title (CT). Existing CTs will be cancelled and CTs will no longer be issued. Existing CTs cannot be required to be produced to have a dealing or plan lodged for registration. Landowners and banks will instead receive an information notice.

If you have a CT you don't have to do anything with it. After 11 October 2021 the CT will not be a legal document. Don't destroy your CT just yet. Some transactions may begin before the cut-off date and be finalised afterwards.

COVID-19 support package to help NSW businesses

(NSW Government's fiancial support for individuals & households)

(Summary of Federal & State financial support & requirements by Pitcher Partners)

(Covid concessions & support for business guide by Findex-Crowe)

Use Twitter or Google My Business (Facebook no longer supported) to watch out for our news items that might be of interest to you

Older news items from 2019 to date

Older news items from 2016 to 2018

Older news items to 2015