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Asbestos and home renovation: what you need to know

Asbestos and home renovation: what you need to know

A negligent approach to removing asbestos not only puts you at risk, but also those around you. WorkSafe has identified asbestos as the single biggest cause of death from work-related disease. On average about 170 people die in New Zealand every year from asbestos-related diseases. In April 2016 a two-tiered licensing system was introduced with new regulations to govern the identification, management and safe removal and disposal of asbestos. The transitional period ended on 4 April this year. If you are planning to get work done (that is more than minor or routine maintenance work) on a building built prior to 2000, you must assume that asbestos will be present and be prepared for significant compliance costs.

By Meika McHardy - 26 Apr 2018

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What building contract should you use?

What building contract should you use?

Whether you are a builder or a property owner, when you embark on a building project it is critical that you use a sophisticated written building contract that covers all the bases. The days of doing building projects on a handshake are, unfortunately, long gone.

By Geoff Hardy - 20 Apr 2018

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The importance of keeping proper accounting records

It is common practice for directors to operate a company without paying adequate attention to keeping proper accounting records. But did you know directors of those companies could be held personally liable?

By Alden Ho - 13 Apr 2018

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Silver Splitters: starting again after divorce

Silver Splitters: starting again after divorce

The number of people divorcing aged 50+ is on the increase. These couples are sometimes referred to as 'Silver Splitters'. Life really can begin again at this age, where you meet someone new and settle down once again. Life may be wonderful during the honeymoon period and the thought that another relationship might fail often never enters your mind. Discussions around money and assets can be seen as unromantic and even offensive!

By Surendra Bennett - 5 Apr 2018

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Are office romances dead?

Are office romances dead?

In light of the recent sexual harassment scandals coming out of Hollywood (and closer to home), many people are wondering whether old fashioned office romances are a thing of the past. Given that one in five people meet their partner at work, this could be bad news for singletons.

By Claire Mansell - 3 Apr 2018 - 2 comments

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Increase in approved charge out rates for liquidators

Increase in approved charge out rates for liquidators

In a recent decision, the High Court has confirmed that liquidators can successfully apply for an increase in their hourly rates from rates that were approved by the Court at the commencement of the liquidation. In this instance, the original rates were in a range between $110 to $450 (plus GST). The Court approved future rates that could be between $140 and $550 (plus GST).

By Tony Johnson - 22 Mar 2018

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Are you entitled to GST on your court costs and disbursements?

Are you entitled to GST on your court costs and disbursements?

In most cases in litigation, the losing party contributes to the winning party's costs. The Court awards those costs based on a 'scale' (scale costs). In theory, scale costs are meant to reflect a reasonable contribution to the actual costs incurred, which is approximately two-thirds of a party's costs.

By Pierce Bedogni - 15 Mar 2018

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Do I need a lawyer if I am separating from my partner?

Do I need a lawyer if I am separating from my partner?

Not every separation requires a lawyer, especially if you and your partner are amicable and can resolve things between yourselves. However, if there are disagreements, a lawyer can help with practical solutions. We can tell you the steps and timeframes required during the process and let you know likely outcomes based on previous case law.

By Surendra Bennett - 15 Jan 2018

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Government's proposed ban on foreign buyers of residential dwellings

Government's proposed ban on foreign buyers of residential dwellings

The government is to introduce a ban on foreign buyers from buying existing dwellings. What could this mean for developers?

By Steven Lee - 14 Dec 2017

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Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017

Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017

With the new Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 coming into force on 1 September now is the perfect time to review your business contracts.

By Tom Swindells - 18 Sep 2017

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