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Trust eSPEAKING ISSUE 27 | SPRING 2018

In this issue

1. Do I still need a trust?
2. How do I bring my trust to an end?
3. Validating imperfect wills

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Do I still need a trust?

It’s good practice to review its purpose. If you have a family trust set up a number of years ago, it’s good practice to review it to ensure it is still ‘fit for purpose’. Leading on from that is the question that is often asked of us, “Should I bring my trust to an end?”

2018-10-10T14:26:08+00:00October 10th, 2018|Newsletters|

Rural eSPEAKING ISSUE 27 | SPRING 2018

In this issue

1. Biosecurity in New Zealand
2. Private land with public access
3. Over the Fence

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Biosecurity in New Zealand

Biosecurity issues never seem to be far from the news these days. The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for biosecurity in New Zealand and gets its powers in relation to biosecurity under the Biosecurity Act 1993.

2018-08-24T09:21:20+00:00August 24th, 2018|Newsletters|

Property Speaking ISSUE 28 | SPRING 2018

In this issue

1. Guiding your offspring into flatting
2. The great lawyers’ fee debate
3. Warmer homes for Kiwis
4. Meth contamination – update
5. Foreign residential investment

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Guiding your offspring into flatting

Going flatting for the first time is an exciting step for your adult children. They get to live with people their own age and you have your freedom. How can they make the most of this new-found independence with the least risk to them?

2018-08-07T23:30:33+00:00August 7th, 2018|Newsletters|

FINEPRINT ISSUE 76 | WINTER 2018

In this issue

1. Making sure your loved one is mentally capable when signing their will
2. How old do you have to be?
3. Questions you shouldn’t ask job applicants
4. Inherited debt? What if your parents die broke?
5. Postscript

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Making sure your loved one is mentally capable when signing their will

What does it mean to have ‘mental capacity’ when it comes to signing a will or an important legal document?

2018-07-03T16:21:01+00:00July 9th, 2018|Newsletters|

Trust eSPEAKING ISSUE 25 | SPRING 2017

In this issue

1. Trusts Bill
2. Retiring as a Trustee?
3. Ageing Trustees

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Trusts Bill

The long-awaited Trusts Bill was introduced to Parliament on 1 August 2017. The Bill is largely an update and restatement of the Trustee Act 1956 and the common law. However, it also deals with practical issues that have faced lawyers and trustees for some years. We outline some of the most important parts of the Bill.

2017-10-13T20:51:30+00:00October 13th, 2017|Newsletters|

Rural eSPEAKING ISSUE 24 | SPRING 2017

In this issue

1. Nuptial Settlements
2. Fire Hazards
3. Over the Fence

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Nuptial Settlements

The law around trusts is everchanging particularly with relationship property and matrimonial issues. The courts continue to chip away at the trust as an appropriate vehicle to protect assets against a relationship breakup.

2017-10-13T20:39:36+00:00October 13th, 2017|Newsletters|

FINEPRINT ISSUE 73 | WINTER 2017

In this issue

1. A Helping Hand for First Home Buyers
2. Up in the Air: Using your drone 3. Time to Update Your Ts and Cs 4. Getting Your Enduring Powers of Attorney Sorted Out
5. Postscript

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A Helping Hand for First Home Buyers

It’s every Kiwi’s dream to own their own quarter-acre share of paradise. Unfortunately for many young people today, not only are the quarter-acre sections fast disappearing into multicomplex developments, but it’s also becoming harder than ever before with an ever-rising property market.

2017-08-15T05:26:20+00:00August 15th, 2017|Newsletters|

Property Speaking ISSUE 24 | WINTER 2017

In this issue

1. Sharing a Driveway
2. Airbnb
3. Property Briefs

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Sharing a Driveway

Many episodes of Neighbours at War told of disputes regarding shared driveways. Whether you currently own a property or you’re in the market to buy a property with a shared driveway, it pays to know your rights and obligations to ensure you and your neighbour won’t be featuring on the next episode.

2017-05-22T21:35:02+00:00May 10th, 2017|Newsletters|

FINEPRINT ISSUE 72 | AUTUMN 2017

In this issue

1. How Private is Private When Taking Photos in a Public Place?
2. Rural Fires – Who is liable for the damage?
3. Buying off the Plans
4. DIY at the Disputes Tribunal
5. Postscript

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How Private is Private When Taking Photos in a Public Place?

At last year’s Melbourne Cup, a young Kiwi woman had her photograph circulated around the globe after a journalist photographed her antics at the races. As the woman was in a public place with no expectation of privacy no criminal offence was committed, nor was there any civil wrong. This would also be the case in New Zealand. The situation raises some interesting questions about how private is private when taking photographs in a public place?

2017-05-22T21:35:03+00:00May 10th, 2017|Newsletters|

Rural eSPEAKING ISSUE 23 | AUTUMN 2017

In this issue

1. Clean Water Package 2017
2. Good Husbandry
3. Over the Fence

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Clean Water Package 2017

The government recently announced its Clean Water Package. The release has caused considerable controversy, largely around the proposed target of 90% of rivers and lakes being ‘swimmable’ by 2040 and, in particular, the E.coli guidelines for swimmable rivers being 540 E.coli per 100mls.

2017-05-22T21:35:04+00:00March 28th, 2017|Newsletters|

Trust eSPEAKING ISSUE 24 | AUTUMN 2017

In this issue

1. Trusts Bill
2. Will Your Business Survive if You Don’t?
3. Looking After Your Inheritance

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Trusts Bill

In late 2013, the Law Commission completed a report recommending that a new Trusts Act replace the Trustee Act 1956. The public consultation phase began last December with the release of the exposure draft Bill...

2017-05-22T21:35:06+00:00February 19th, 2017|Newsletters|

FINEPRINT ISSUE 71 | SUMMER 2016

In this issue

1. Do all your Employees have Employment Agreements?
2. Letting your Holiday House
3. Why is There Name Suppression in Court?
4. Ni Hao: Doing business with Chinese investors
5. Holiday Care Disputes Involving Children
6. Postscript

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Do all your Employees have Employment Agreements?

A recent report from Statistics New Zealand suggests that nearly 1 in 10 employees do not have a written employment agreement. Of those who do have written employment agreements, it’s probably fair to say that a proportion of those are not up-to-date.

2017-05-22T21:35:07+00:00February 15th, 2017|Newsletters|
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