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To gift or not to gift

To gift or not to gift

On 1 October 2011 gift duty will be abolished

By Tara Hurley - 25 Aug 2011

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Relief for Small Unit Title Developments

Relief for Small Unit Title Developments

The Unit Titles Act 2010 requires owners of unit title properties to have a long term maintenance plan. Owners of separate units may wish to opt out of this obligation by passing a special resolution. This requires at least 75% of owners to agree. If a special resolution is passed then each owner becomes responsible for the maintenance of their own unit only and there will be no obligation to have a long term maintenance plan and fund. Owners may also opt out of the Act's requirement for an independent auditor by passing a special resolution.

By Kay Keam - 11 Aug 2011

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Leaky Homes Package

Leaky Homes Package

The Government's financial assistance package for owners of leaky homes has recently come into effect. Home owners may choose between taking the Council to Court for the recovery of the costs of repairs, or signing up for the assistance package. Accepting the package means that home owners cannot seek any further compensation from the Council.

By Andrew Steele - 9 Aug 2011

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Do not deceive or mislead!

Do not deceive or mislead!

The Fair Trading Act 1986 (FTA) promotes competition by preventing misleading and deceptive conduct by traders in the promotion, advertising and sale of goods and services. If you are in the business of supplying goods or services to customers, you must comply with the FTA or face serious consequences if you do not. Penalties for misleading or deceiving conduct can be severe.

By Melissa Higham - 29 Jul 2011

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The rules have changed

The rules have changedThe Unit Titles Act 2010 comes into effect on 20 June 2011. This new Act makes sweeping changes to the previous unit titles regime. We will highlight the most important of these changes over the next few weeks.

By Kay Keam - 10 Jun 2011

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What a Difference a Day Makes

What a Difference a Day Makes

As a landlord, you must follow notice requirements carefully when attempting to cancel a lease.

By Warren Bygrave - 7 Jun 2011

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Weathertight Homes Financial Assistance Package

Weathertight Homes Financial Assistance Package

The leaky homes financial assistance package has been considered by a parliamentary select committee and has passed its second reading largely unchanged.

By Andrew Steele - 7 Jun 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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Your Legal Survival Kit

Your Legal Survival Kit

Today is Auckland Preparedness Day. The Mayor has said that "traditionally Aucklanders have been the least prepared in New Zealand." So we have attached a checklist to help you prepare.

By Mike Worsnop - 27 May 2011

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Mediation - the future of litigation?

Mediation - the future of litigation?

The last few years have seen an enormous increase in the number of civil disputes settled by mediation. Parties see the process as quick, efficient and relatively cost-friendly.

By Tony Johnson - 24 May 2011

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