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Do you have offshore assets?

Do you have offshore assets?

We all know that in order to be sure that your wishes are followed after your death, it is essential that you make a Will during your lifetime.  But did you know that if you have assets situated offshore, then you may need to prepare more than one Will to deal with each jurisdiction where these assets are situated?

By Rebecca Collins - 20 Mar 2012

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Solicitor’s Approval v Due Diligence

Solicitor’s Approval v Due Diligence

Some buyers believe that if they sign an agreement to buy a property which is subject to "solicitor's approval" they automatically have a "get out of jail free" card.   A solicitor's approval clause cannot get you out of an agreement if you suddenly discover something about the property that you don't like and you decide you don't want to buy it.

By Louise MacCallaugh - 9 Mar 2012 - 1 comment

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Your relationship has broken down - now what?

Your relationship has broken down - now what?

It is often said that the five stages of grief apply at the end of a relationship.  The stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.  Each person will transition through the stages at different times and this adds additional complexity for separated couples.

By Tara Hurley - 5 Mar 2012

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The Good Oil on the Food Bill

The Good Oil on the Food Bill

Over Christmas, there was a lot of media hype and confusion surrounding the application of the Food Bill to market gardeners, farmer's market stall holders, cake stalls and the like. The Bill has been before Parliament for over a year, but until now has received little attention.

According to the Government, the Bill will not stop farmers markets operating, food being exchanged between neighbours or friends or the occasional weekend sausage sizzle fundraiser outside the "Red Shed".

By Melissa Higham - 2 Feb 2012

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New investor migration policy

New investor migration policy

New Zealand Immigration has recently announced new investor migration policies, effective 25 July 2011.

By Claire Barron - 6 Oct 2011

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Child Support Overhaul

Child Support Overhaul

An overhaul of Child Support legislation is due to be introduced in the next few months.

By Tara Hurley - 14 Sep 2011

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Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Pre-Nuptial AgreementsAcademic Analysis of case law reveals that a third of pre-nuptial agreements are overturned by the courts… so why are so many agreements being thrown out?

By Tara Hurley - 2 Jun 2011

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The Wonder of Wills

The Wonder of Wills

Just got married? Congratulations -but your will may now be void! It is simple to fix this, but if you don't, this will lead to unnecessary delay and expense at a time which will already be stressful for your family and new spouse.

By Kay Keam - 18 Jun 2010

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