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The importance of maintaining a 'good character' in Overseas Investments in New Zealand

The importance of maintaining a 'good character' in Overseas Investments in New Zealand

By law, overseas investors in sensitive land and significant business assets in New Zealand must be of (and must maintain) 'good character'. The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) considers many factors when assessing an overseas investor's character. The term 'good character' generally means acting appropriately, including but not limited to not committing any offences nor contravening any laws.

By Steven Lee and Genelle Seah - 12 Jun 2019

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A speedy and cost efficient road to justice

A speedy and cost efficient road to justice

A complaint of the court system is that justice comes too slowly and at too great a cost. Is there a way to obtain a relatively speedy judgment at a reduced cost? For some claims - the answer is 'yes' and the way to achieve it is to issue summary judgment proceedings.

By Andrew Steele - 10 Jun 2019

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Martelli McKegg strengthens litigation offering with new partner hire

Martelli McKegg strengthens litigation offering with new partner hire

We are delighted to announce that Jacque Lethbridge joined the partnership effective 1 June 2019.

By Mike Worsnop - 1 Jun 2019

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Does your subcontract expose you to high risk?

Does your subcontract expose you to high risk?

Cashflow is the very life blood of most industries. None more so than the construction industry. However, despite changes to building laws, multiple failures in recent months have shown that many subcontractors still struggle to get paid.

By Geoff Hardy - 30 May 2019

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If you sign a building contract, can you change your mind and cancel it?

If you sign a building contract, can you change your mind and cancel it?

This situation arises surprisingly often. Occasionally the builder finds that he has over-committed himself, and doesn't have the resources to do justice to all the projects he has on the go. Sometimes that is because the building firm has lost one or more of its experienced personnel through death or natural attrition. Or the builder might discover that the property owner is very difficult to deal with and it is clear that they are going to be at loggerheads throughout the entire duration of the project. Of course the property owner might reach the same conclusion about the builder, and want to be rid of him. Or the property owner might simply run out of money, or discover that the project is going to turn out a lot more expensive than anticipated, perhaps because the site requires a lot of excavation and removal of rock, or the building contains asbestos which is going to take months to remove safely.

By Geoff Hardy - 27 May 2019

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How the new Family Violence Act could affect you

How the new Family Violence Act could affect you

The Family Violence Act 2018 will shortly come into force replacing the Domestic Violence Act. This new Act is designed to give the courts better guidance about the nature and impact of family violence.

By Surendra Bennett - 17 May 2019

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Be careful what you say when promising to pay someone else's debt

Be careful what you say when promising to pay someone else's debt

Many people aren't aware that, in certain circumstances, you can be held legally responsible for other people's debts just on a simple promise to pay - whether given verbally, in a text or an email.

By Telise Kelly - 10 May 2019

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Builders, what can you do if you're faced with a complaint from the Building Practitioner's Board?

Builders, what can you do if you're faced with a complaint from the Building Practitioner's Board?

One of the benefits of being a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) is the sole right to undertake and supervise restricted building work in New Zealand. However, with that right comes responsibility. If you fail to maintain the standards required of you, anyone can make a complaint against an LBP to the Building Practitioners Board.

By Pierce Bedogni - 3 May 2019

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An Alternative to Bankruptcy

An Alternative to Bankruptcy

When a debtor has multiple creditors, often it seems as if there is no alternative but to throw in the towel and file for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy does have some advantages in that an individual is released from all his or her existing debts and that in three years (as long as no objection is filed in the Court) is discharged from bankruptcy. There are however downsides to bankruptcy.

By Tony Johnson - 11 Apr 2019

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Left out? Challenging a Will

Left out? Challenging a Will

Accompanying the increase in blended families is a corresponding increase in claims by children against the deceased estate of a parent who entered a new relationship. Acrimonious divorces and de facto separations sometimes leave children of the relationship estranged from one parent. This in turn can sometimes result in the children being disinherited in favour of the estranged parent's new partner and family.

By Terri Gough - 5 Apr 2019

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