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Property Speaking ISSUE 28 | SPRING 2018

2018-08-07T23:30:33+12:00August 7th, 2018|Newsletters|

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?

FINEPRINT ISSUE 76 | WINTER 2018

2018-07-03T16:21:01+12:00July 9th, 2018|Newsletters|

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?

Property Speaking ISSUE 27 | AUTUMN 2018

2018-05-22T16:07:26+12:00May 22nd, 2018|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. Is your rental safe and healthy?
2. Bright-line test period extended
3. Keeping New Zealand safe from money launderers
4. Pre-purchase inspections - what you can object to and what you can’t
5. Purchasing from a developer who isn’t a builder – what are the pitfalls?

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Is your rental safe and healthy?

New laws came into effect on 1 July 2016 that require landlords to make their properties safe and healthy for tenants.

Trust eSPEAKING ISSUE 26 | AUTUMN 2018

2018-10-10T14:17:14+12:00March 17th, 2018|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. Option A or Option B?
2. When Grandma comes to live with us
3. Trustees’ personal liability for litigation costs

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Option A or Option B? That is the question!

When your spouse or partner dies you will need to make a very important decision between your entitlements under their will and potential claims against their estate.

Trust eSPEAKING ISSUE 25 | SPRING 2017

2017-10-13T20:51:30+12:00October 13th, 2017|Newsletters|

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.

Rural eSPEAKING ISSUE 24 | SPRING 2017

2017-10-13T20:39:36+12:00October 13th, 2017|Newsletters|

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.

FINEPRINT ISSUE 73 | WINTER 2017

2017-08-15T05:26:20+12:00August 15th, 2017|Newsletters|

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.

Property Speaking ISSUE 24 | WINTER 2017

2017-05-22T21:35:02+12:00May 10th, 2017|Newsletters|

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.

FINEPRINT ISSUE 72 | AUTUMN 2017

2017-05-22T21:35:03+12:00May 10th, 2017|Newsletters|

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?

Rural eSPEAKING ISSUE 23 | AUTUMN 2017

2017-05-22T21:35:04+12:00March 28th, 2017|Newsletters|

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.

Trust eSPEAKING ISSUE 24 | AUTUMN 2017

2017-05-22T21:35:06+12:00February 19th, 2017|Newsletters|

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...

FINEPRINT ISSUE 71 | SUMMER 2016

2017-05-22T21:35:07+12:00February 15th, 2017|Newsletters|

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.

COMMERCIAL eSPEAKING ISSUE 45 | SUMMER 2017

2017-10-13T20:59:27+12:00January 18th, 2017|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. What to do When the Earth has Moved
2. Greater Focus on Lender Responsibility for Consumer Credit
3. Business Briefs

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What to do When the Earth has Moved

The recent Kaikoura earthquake was yet another reminder of the volatile and unpredictable nature of the land on which we all live. As we have seen, even earthquakes that don’t cause widespread destruction and/or loss of life can have a major impact on businesses and property owners. We set out below some guidance on points to keep in mind if you own, or are a tenant in, a commercial building potentially affected by earthquake damage.