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Changes ahead for relationship property

Changes ahead for relationship property

The Law Commission has just published its report about suggested changes to the Property (Relationships) Act 1976.

By Surendra Bennett - 12 Nov 2018

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What to do when the Union comes knocking at your door

What to do when the Union comes knocking at your door

Since the new government came into power 12 months ago, Unions have been particularly active. Nurses, teachers and court staff have all taken strike action this year.

By Claire Mansell - 1 Nov 2018

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The liquidators want you!

The liquidators want you!

Many people are surprised as to the extent of liquidators' powers of investigation. Those powers can on occasion come in the form of an application to the High Court under section 266 of the Companies Act.

By Tony Johnson - 25 Oct 2018

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Does an automatic pool cover count as a swimming pool fence?

Does an automatic pool cover count as a swimming pool fence?

New Zealanders have always had a love affair with the water. We go to the beach and we have our own backyard pools - either permanent or temporary. Now that summer is just around the corner, it's a perfect time to ensure that your swimming pool complies with the rules.

By Pierce Bedogni - 18 Oct 2018

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The importance of good legal advice when charged with a criminal offence

The importance of good legal advice when charged with a criminal offence

If you find yourself charged with a criminal offence, whether it's minor or serious, don't under estimate the importance of getting good legal advice. It might be the difference between whether you are convicted of the charge or not.

By Fiona McGeorge - 11 Oct 2018

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Mental Capacity to make a Testamentary Promise

Mental Capacity to make a Testamentary Promise

Have you ever been promised something would be left to you in a will, but it never eventuated? If you worked or gave services to someone who promised to reward you in their will, but they didn't, the Law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act may allow you to claim against the promisor's estate.

By Andrew Steele - 8 Oct 2018

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Employer support during bullying investigations

Employer support during bullying investigations

How far does an employer need to go to support an employee with mental health issues during a disciplinary process? Hilford v The Order of St John is an example of how a personal grievance can succeed if the employer does not provide enough support to an employee who is suffering from mental health issues.

By Kiren Narayanan - 26 Sep 2018

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Why have a will?

Why have a will?

According to research by Perpetual Guardian last year, four in ten New Zealanders don't have a Will. It seems the problem is not unique to New Zealand. Consider: Aretha Franklin, Prince, Amy Winehouse, who all died in recent times without a Will. Even if you're not famous, it is our view that it is vital that you have a Will.

By Samuel Ames - 20 Sep 2018

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Termination of building contracts

Termination of building contracts

Occasionally the relationship between parties to a building contract turns sour. In some cases the parties will be able to get things back on track so that the project can be brought to completion. However, in other cases there is an irreparable breakdown in trust and one or both parties want to part ways. The owner may not want the builder around anymore and/or the builder may not want to continue racking up cost on credit with little prospect of being paid. So how does a party terminate the building contract and what risks does a party face if they get it wrong?

By Meika McHardy - 13 Sep 2018

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Does the Consumer Guarantees Act apply to building projects?

Does the Consumer Guarantees Act apply to building projects?

What the Consumer Guarantees Act (the CGA) does is insert some basic guarantees into every contract for the supply of consumer goods or services, and those guarantees override anything that the written contract might say to the contrary. However, the CGA only applies if you are supplying goods or services to "consumers". And consumers are individuals, companies, Councils, clubs or other legal entities who acquire goods or services "of a kind that are ordinarily acquired for personal, domestic, or household use or consumption".

By Geoff Hardy - 7 Sep 2018

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