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The Trusts Bill - what does it mean for you as a trustee?

The Trusts Bill - what does it mean for you as a trustee?

Historically, trusts have been an extremely popular asset planning tool in New Zealand.  With no register of trusts, the exact number of trusts is unknown, however, conservative estimates are that there are between 300,000 and 500,000 trusts in New Zealand.  The changes proposed by the Trusts Bill will therefore impact the lives of many New Zealanders.

By Emma Foster - 22 Jan 2019

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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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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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Paid leave for victims of domestic violence

Paid leave for victims of domestic violence

Under a new bill introduced into Parliament, victims of domestic violence will be entitled to up to 10 days' paid leave. We foresee some issues regarding proof for employers when this bill comes into effect next year.

By Kiren Narayanan - 26 Jul 2018

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Debts owed to you by a family trust - are they protected if you separate?

Debts owed to you by a family trust - are they protected if you separate?

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of Family Trusts per capita in the world. But a lot of these Trusts are not being managed correctly which then impacts on the protection a Trust can provide, particularly in the event of a relationship break down/separation.

By Fiona McGeorge - 12 Jul 2018

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From 1 July we may need further information from our clients

From 1 July we may need further information from our clients

From 1 July this year, we may be required to undertake due diligence in order to comply with our obligations under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act (AML/CFT). The information required (if any) will differ depending on the nature of your work and your type of entity. We will need this information prior to carrying out your instructions.

By Kay Keam - 21 Jun 2018

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Do I have a say in my child's life?

Do I have a say in my child's life?

If you are the father of a child, you may think that you automatically have a say in your child's upbringing (such as schooling, religion, where they live etc) however that may not be the case. Legally you only get a say in your child's life if you are their legal guardian.

By Surendra Bennett - 14 Jun 2018

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