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  • Know when to walk away.
    Posted: Monday 16 October 2017
  • There’s a process that should avoid any problems down the line.
    Posted: Monday 9 October 2017
  • 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.
    Posted: Thursday 5 October 2017
  • Have I made one? The law around trusts is ever-changing 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.
    Posted: Monday 25 September 2017
  • Look after your property

    Four years ago we published an article about the risk of fire in the rural sector and the consequences of not holding appropriate insurance cover (Rural eSpeaking, Issue 12, Winter–Spring 2013). The number of rural fires throughout the country seems to be increasing each year.
    Posted: Friday 22 September 2017
  • The use of closed circuit television (CCTV) and/or security cameras are useful security tools for businesses to deter unwanted behaviour and identify wrongdoers. When you’re deciding whether to install and use CCTV and/or security cameras to protect your business, you must be aware of your obligations under the Privacy Act 1993.
    Posted: Tuesday 19 September 2017
  • When the court makes a decision that an individual or business is owed a debt, it issues a judgment order telling the debtor that they must pay the creditor. However, often creditors are left wondering what happens if the debtor doesn’t pay. Find out how the court can assist you in recovering an undisputed civil debt.
    Posted: Monday 18 September 2017
  • Most businesses use standard form documents such as terms of trade, or terms and conditions, in their daily operations. These documents often contain clauses relating to one or more of the 11 statutes which have been replaced by the Contracts and Commercial Law Act 2017. This Act came into force on 1 September 2017.
    Posted: Thursday 14 September 2017
  • Business owners and employers should be aware that there is new employment legislation on the horizon.
    Posted: Tuesday 12 September 2017
  • Many New Zealand businesses and trusts must complete registration and understand their reporting obligations

    With the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) regime now in effect, it’s important that all New Zealand entities ensure they are aware of their obligations.
    Posted: Monday 11 September 2017
  • The basic outline (or ‘footprint’) of a flat on a cross lease title is shown on a flat plan deposited with Land Information New Zealand and attached to your title.

    If you make additions that alter the footprint of your flat, the only way to correct the title is to deposit a new flat plan, and this can easily cost thousands of dollars.
    Posted: Monday 28 August 2017
  • If you’re buying a house, you will of course need insurance cover for your new property, and your lender will require it.
    Posted: Monday 21 August 2017
  • Renting out residential property is a great way to make some extra money, pay your mortgage off faster and build an investment nest egg. It can cause real frustration, however, when your tenant fails to pay rent on time.
    Posted: Monday 14 August 2017
  • An agreement to lease is an agreement between a landlord and tenant of commercial property. It gives the parties an opportunity to record their leasing arrangements before they are formalised in a deed of lease.
    Posted: Monday 7 August 2017
  • If you or a member of your family have been granted a protection order under the Domestic Violence Act 1995 you can apply to the Registrar-General of Land under s108 of the Act to hide the information held about you on the Land Register which may otherwise disclose your whereabouts.
    Posted: Monday 7 August 2017
  • We are running our Employment Law Bootcamp as our next free seminar. Join Louise Foley at the Turangi Community Health Centre, Thursday 27 July at 5.30pm. Come along and remind yourself of the systems and processes that most of us find a little daunting.
    Posted: Wednesday 19 July 2017
  • The pundits were right. The Minister of Finance, the Hon Steven Joyce, presented his first Budget on Thursday 25 May and it was definitely a ‘steady as she goes affair’ with few surprises.

    The Minister said the outlook for New Zealand’s economy is positive and the Crown’s books are steadily improving. We highlight some of the Budget’s key points below.
    Posted: Friday 26 May 2017
  • We’re great supporters of the Tauhara College 1st IV rugby team and are really proud of their second place finish this year. Yes, we give them practical and financial assistance to help with training and to get the team through the season, but it’s the boys’ skill, together with their coaches, families and supporters’ commitment that helps makes the grade.
    Posted: Wednesday 7 December 2016
  • Foreign trusts have been in the news recently. The government has now introduced legislation to tighten up the rules. But what are foreign trusts and is this important to you?
    Posted: Thursday 6 October 2016
  • A frustration for trustees
    Posted: Friday 30 September 2016
  • Trustees need to be cautious. Trusts can sometimes be used to protect assets from future claims by a former spouse or de facto partner. However, lawyers and the courts are continuing to find ways around trusts in order to achieve what they see as justice. Recent decisions indicate why trustees need to be cautious.
    Posted: Friday 30 September 2016

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