Le Pine & Co 380770 https://www.lepine.co.nz en-nz Le Pine & Co 30 Sizzling Spring Seminar Series https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/842359 Join us for one or more of our free seminars as part of the Sizzling Spring Seminar Series. Our experts will cover: <ul><li>The Residential Tenancy Act <li>Tax & Property Law Latest Developments <li>Wills, power of attorney and more <li>The challenges of a family trust</ul> 032, 7 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/842359 NZ&#146;s largest freshwater swimming event announces new supporter https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/813345 Le Pine & Co has been confirmed as the new naming sponsor of Lake Taup&#333; Across the Lake Swim. 050, 10 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/813345 Letting fees are now defunct https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/810997 050, 10 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/810997 Retirement village life https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/811489 The upside (and downside) of downsizing 049, 4 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/811489 The agreement for sale and purchase https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/810996 Checking the conditions 049, 3 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/810996 Buying a cross lease property https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/810995 Quite different from a fee simple title - New Zealanders love to talk about property. There are a multitude of topics relating to property that Kiwis have an intimate knowledge and understanding about which form the topic of water cooler and dinner conversation. The cross lease is just one of those many topics of conversation. 048, 27 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/810995 Validating imperfect wills https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/807030 What can be done? For wills to be valid they must comply with a number of legal formalities; they must be in writing and there must be two witnesses who must attest to the will-maker signing the will in their presence. However, some people create their own wills that do not comply with these formalities and these wills could be invalid. Sometimes people will express what they want to happen to their property after their death in an electronic document, such as a text message. 047, 23 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/807030 Changes affecting every buyer of residential land https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/810994 The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill has become law and is now the Overseas Investment Amendment Act 2018 (the OIA Act). It has been in force since 22 October. The implication for you is that when you next buy residential property, there will be another layer of compliance to be completed before your property purchase goes through. 047, 22 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/810994 How do I bring my trust to an end? https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/807028 The process 045, 9 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/807028 Do I still need a trust? https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/807027 It&#146;s good practice to review its purpose 044, 1 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/807027 The Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations 2018 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/805002 The Animal Welfare Act 1999 provides for offences and penalties for serious animal abuse or neglect. 042, 19 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/805002 Private land with public access https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/805000 How is access granted? 041, 12 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/805000 Biosecurity in New Zealand https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/804999 Who is liable for an outbreak of plant disease? 040, 5 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/804999 Receivership of construction companies - Protecting your property and getting paid https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/804998 In light of Ebert Construction&#146;s recent receivership, not taking protective measures opens subcontractors up to recovery and enforcement issues. If you are a subcontractor, you should think about how to prevent your tools and equipment (including cranes and scaffolding) from being seized and sold by a receiver, and to ensure you have the best chance of getting paid. 039, 28 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/804998 Anti-money laundering compliance https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/805001 A reminder that since 1 July 2018 all lawyers have been required to comply with the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009. 039, 25 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/805001 Second thoughts https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/804974 What happens when your employee wants to retract their resignation? 038, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/804974 Foreign residential investment https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/799122 Housing may be freed up with the new foreign buyer screening process being introduced in the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill. 034, 20 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/799122 The great lawyers&#146; fee debate https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/799120 Lawyers&#146; fees are often a difficult subject to discuss. They shouldn&#146;t be. 033, 16 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/799120 Warmer homes for Kiwis https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/799121 Low-income homeowners or homeowners in low-income areas could be eligible for the new government grant to assist in keeping their homes warm in winter. 032, 10 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/799121 Guiding your offspring into flatting https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/799119 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? 032, 9 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/799119 A no surprises Budget https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/789869 There are few surprises in the government&#146;s 2018 Budget presented on 17 May, the first from Minister of Finance, the Hon Grant Robertson. 021, 21 May 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/789869 Regulating stock movements during Mycoplasma bovis outbreak https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/784278 Mycoplasma bovis (M.bovis) is a bacterial disease commonly found in cows all over the world. First detected in New Zealand in July 2017, it has affected a small number of farms in the South Island and Hawke&#146;s Bay. The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is working hard with farmers to control the disease and, if possible, eradicate it from New Zealand. 019, 8 May 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/784278 Preventing money-laundering in New Zealand: a law firm&#146;s role https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/784276 New changes regarding law firms are coming into force and they may affect your next visit to us. The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (known as AML/CFT) applies to New Zealand law firms from 1 July of this year. 017, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/784276 Economic disparity at the end of a relationship https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/784275 How might this impact you? 017, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/784275 Gypsy Day approaching and Mycoplasma bovis https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/782274 First detected in New Zealand in July 2017, Mycoplasma bovis (M.bovis) has become an issue for our agricultural sector. 016, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/782274 What is a &#145;social enterprise&#146; and why does it matter? https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/784274 A trending term in the business world over the last year is &#145;social enterprise&#146;. This represents a new interpretation on an old way of thinking &#150; that business should be about more than profit. In September 2017, more than 1,600 delegates attended the Social Enterprise World Forum in Christchurch. What were they discussing and what are some ways this movement is seeking to have an impact today? 014, 5 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/784274 Easements &#150; get them right first time https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/782272 A feature of easements that is important and, in many cases, not properly understood is the permanence of an easement and issues that might arise from that over time. Virtually all easements are granted &#145;in perpetuity&#146; which means they last forever. 013, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/782272 Minimum wage rates rise on 1 April https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/782273 Each year the government reviews the minimum wage. 013, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/782273 Having your own terms of sale https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/782270 Rural businesses are no different from any other producers in the market in the sense that the ultimate fruits of their labours are, at some point, sold to a third party, whether that is to a meat company, a fruit packer or exporter, or a wine or dairy company. 012, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/782270 Trustees&#146; personal liability for litigation costs https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/779992 It can be an unpleasant surprise. Trustees and executors are not always entitled to reimbursement for their litigation costs. 012, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/779992 When Grandma comes to live with us https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/779991 As parents age, their children often find they need to take an increasing role in looking after them. Unpalatable as it seems, it&#146;s important to think about the legal difficulties that can arise where one member of the family has assumed responsibility. 011, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/779991 Option A or Option B? That is the question! https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/779990 Entitlements under your spouse or partner&#146;s will 010, 8 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/779990 Multinationals tax legislation introduced https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/774555 New tax laws are being introduced to prevent multinationals from avoiding tax by shifting profits out of New Zealand. The Taxation (Neutralising Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Bill will affect multinationals operating in New Zealand and overseas 008, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/774555 Another hefty fine under new health and safety laws https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/774554 Health and safety in the workplace has been brought into the spotlight over the past decade to refocus employers&#146; attention to ensure the safety of their staff. There have been a number of judgments under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, of which two stand out. 007, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/774554 Great, You Have Found a New Business, Now How to Buy It? https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/774551 Looking to purchase a business? We can help! There are a number of steps involved in buying a business, and working your way through them can seem quite overwhelming, particularly for first time buyers. 006, 7 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/774551 Flurry of Employment Law Changes Ahead https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/774550 The 2017 general election has given the Labour-led government an opportunity to re-shape the direction of employment law in New Zealand. We outline the upcoming changes, announced on 25 January, which include modifications to the 90-day trial period, the restoration of rest periods and collective bargaining. These changes will be incorporated into an amendment to the Employment Relations Act 2000. We also touch on the proposed compulsory redundancy provisions. 005, 2 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/774550 Loan Documents: Read the fine print, there could be some surprises https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/769215 Whether you like it or not, you will probably need to fund your farming operations with borrowing from one of New Zealand&#146;s main trading banks. 051, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/769215 Recent Workplace Health and Safety Sentencing https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/767117 Legislation is showing its teeth 051, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/767117 Casual or fixed-term employment? Be careful https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/769216 The summer holiday period often sees a mix of casual and fixed-term employees working on the farm. You must have a written employment agreement in place from the outset for both types of employees. 050, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/769216 Farm Management Plans https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/769214 A new (uncertain) dawn for farmers 050, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/769214 Stay Safe this Summer https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/767116 Driving, swimming pools and drinking - With the Christmas holidays coming up, we want to remind you about keeping safe this summer &#150; on the roads and in the pool, and to reinforce the message about not serving alcohol to people who are not yet 18 years old. 050, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/767116 Blended Families &#150; Wills and Trusts https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/767115 Can it be fair for everyone? Making sure everyone you care about gets a fair share of your property after you die is an issue most of us grapple with. This may also have additional complications when you have a blended family. 049, 4 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/767115 Catch fish and come home this summer https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/767118 Kiwis love getting out on or in the water boating, fishing and diving for seafood, but water safety MUST be part of your routine. Water Safety New Zealand has put together this simple checklist to help you stay safe this summer. 048, 27 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/767118 Privacy in the Workplace https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/767114 What&#146;s yours is mine? In a world where technology is becoming more prevalent, it&#146;s easy to feel that privacy rights are a thing of the past. 048, 27 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/767114 Putaruru Business Awards 2017 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/766669 We came second out of 20 in the Putaruru Business Awards on Saturday night! Our Putaruru Team Leader, Jennie Burney, accepted the award on the night - well done team, we are very proud of you all! 047, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/766669 Ageing Trustees https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/760333 Know when to walk away. 042, 16 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/760333 Retiring as a Trustee? https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/760332 There&#146;s a process that should avoid any problems down the line. 041, 9 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/760332 Trusts Bill - Deals with practical issues https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/760331 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. 040, 5 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/760331 &#145;Nuptial Settlements&#146; https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/756783 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. 039, 25 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/756783 Fire Hazards https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/756784 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&#150;Spring 2013). The number of rural fires throughout the country seems to be increasing each year. 038, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/756784 Security cameras &#150; When does surveillance become an invasion of privacy? https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/756782 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&#146;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. 038, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/756782 How to Recover Undisputed Debts https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/756779 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&#146;t pay. Find out how the court can assist you in recovering an undisputed civil debt. 038, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/756779 Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 now in force &#150; Make sureyour business documents comply https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/756781 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. 037, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/756781 Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill &#150; What could this mean for your business and your employees? https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/756780 Business owners and employers should be aware that there is new employment legislation on the horizon. 037, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/756780 FATCA https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/756778 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&#146;s important that all New Zealand entities ensure they are aware of their obligations. 037, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/756778 Cross lease issues: &#145;warts and all&#146; clauses https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/751000 The basic outline (or &#145;footprint&#146;) 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. 035, 28 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/751000 Buying a house &#150; are you covered? https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/750998 If you&#146;re buying a house, you will of course need insurance cover for your new property, and your lender will require it. 034, 21 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/750998 What Are Your Rights When Your Tenants Don&#146;t Pay Up? https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/750997 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. 033, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/750997 Hidden titles https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/750999 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. 032, 7 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/750999 Making the Most of Your Agreement to Lease https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/750996 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. 032, 7 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/750996 Employment Law Bootcamp Seminar - Turangi https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/747837 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. 029, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/747837 Budget 2017 &#150; An overview https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/737398 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 &#145;steady as she goes affair&#146; with few surprises. The Minister said the outlook for New Zealand&#146;s economy is positive and the Crown&#146;s books are steadily improving. We highlight some of the Budget&#146;s key points below. 021, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/737398 Le Pine & Co: you rock! https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/710429 We&#146;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&#146;s the boys&#146; skill, together with their coaches, families and supporters&#146; commitment that helps makes the grade. 050, 7 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/710429 Foreign trusts: Tightening up the rules https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/699809 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? 041, 6 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/699809 Trusts under attack by former spouses and partners https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/699808 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. 040, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/699808 Beneficiaries&#146; entitlement to trust information https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/699806 A frustration for trustees 040, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/699806 Rural fires and insurance https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/691213 034, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/691213 New regulations for bobby calves https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/691212 As the dairy industry enters the calving season it&#146;s important to be familiar with the new regulations[1] announced in June this year around the management and treatment of bobby calves. 034, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/691212 Obligations of working dog owners https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/691210 Most farmers will agree that working dogs play a crucial part in the day-to-day running of a successful farm. So it&#146;s important that you&#146;re fully aware of your legal obligations and responsibilities associated with owning working dogs. If you don&#146;t, there&#146;s a risk of substantial fines and possibly a conviction. 034, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/691210 Providing accommodation to your farm staff? https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/691211 It&#146;s not unknown for us to receive a shocked look from farmer clients when we advise them that they are subject to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 regarding the accommodation they are providing to their staff. 034, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/691211 Looking at Buying Your First Home? Look into KiwiSaver https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/688574 The government announced on 31 July changes to Housing New Zealand&#146;s KiwiSaver HomeStart scheme to help more first home buyers into the property market. These changes are effective from 1 August. If you&#146;re looking at buying your first home, it pays to check whether you&#146;re eligible to withdraw your KiwiSaver funds using the KiwiSaver First Home Withdrawal and to see if you qualify for the HomeStart Grant. Depending on how long you&#146;ve been in KiwiSaver, the money you receive will go a long way in helping you open the door to your first home. 032, 1 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/688574 Sections without connections https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/688577 An issue that arises with section purchases is the connection and cost of connecting services (gas, power, phone, internet, ultra fast fibre (UFF), water and sewage). A good developer knows this, but not all are so diligent. 032, 1 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/688577 The oven doesn&#146;t work &#150; what to do? https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/688575 Nothing is worse than planning a celebratory dinner in your new home and finding the oven doesn&#146;t work. How can you ensure this doesn&#146;t happen? 032, 1 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/688575 P-contamination in Residential Property https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/688572 Every day more Kiwis are learning that they have been living in methamphetamine (P)-contaminated properties. Discovering you have purchased a contaminated property can be financially, mentally and physically devastating for you and your family. This article looks at P-testing and the risks if you suspect the property is P-contaminated and nothing is done. 032, 1 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/688572 Easements https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/685193 You want to do what on my land? 029, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/685193 Drinking and driving &#150; don&#146;t do it https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/685194 Drink driving is one of the key causes of road accidents in New Zealand. 029, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/685194 Protecting The Elderly https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/685078 Using an enduring power of attorney 029, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/685078 Who&#146;d be in business? https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/679388 Other options if your business is shaky... Even the best of operators can face financial struggles and at such times a wounded business loses friends quickly. 023, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/679388 Taupo Winter Festival https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/679547 Le Pine & Co is delighted to be a Bronze Partner of Taup&#333;&#146;s Winter Festival, which gets underway on 14 July and offers world-class theatre, comedy and music shows as well as a whole lot of free activities and an action packed programme. 022, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/679547 Do you really need all that paper? https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/679344 Sometimes you do... The way we live our lives and operate our businesses is always changing. Amongst the biggest changes is the move to electronic communication and information. Despite its potential for quick, efficient communication and the reduction in the need for paper and storage, ironically, many people find themselves surrounded by more paper than ever! 022, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/679344 Are We in a De Facto Relationship? https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/670293 If you are in a de facto relationship, there could be significant financial implications for you if you separate, or if your partner (or you) dies 016, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/670293 Legal Boundaries: Why titles matter https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/672271 You have just moved into your new home and your neighbour knocks on your door. They say that your garage is two metres into their boundary, and that they need this space to widen their driveway. Suddenly you wish you had known where your boundary was before you purchased the property. 016, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/672271 Protecting Shareholder Advances and Guarantees https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/670291 All too often shareholders overlook the need to properly secure the advances they make to their company, or the guarantees they grant in favour of their company, without being aware of the consequences that can result from this oversight. By registering security over the assets of their company, shareholders can effectively and efficiently secure their advances to that company and feel assured that steps have been taken to safeguard their investment. 016, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/670291 New property taxation legislation https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/667399 015, 5 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/667399 Changing Landscape in the Workplace https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/670292 New health and safety legislation comes into force in early April 014, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/670292 Time to Fence Those Waterways! https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/667398 The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament on 26 November 2015. The submission process is well underway with the Select Committee receiving submissions until Monday, 14 March 2016. 014, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/667398 Cyberbullying &#150; stopping the trolls https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/670295 In recent years there has been a significant increase in online abuse particularly of vulnerable young people. A high profile example was the 2013 &#145;Roast Busters&#146; case involving teenage boys bragging of sexual activities with girls. This article looks at what remedies are available when cyberbullying takes place. 014, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/670295 Employment Law Changes...... https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/667400 014, 28 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/667400 Health and Safety at Work https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/667397 A new era begins 012, 14 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/667397 Employment law changes: are you up-to-date? https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/662298 011, 8 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/662298 New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 - Significant changes for organisations with volunteers https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/662292 The new law will come into force on Monday, 4 April this year. Despite some of the originally proposed changes being watered down in the final stages of drafting the new Act there will still be significant effects for you, your business or your organisation. This article looks specifically at implications for organisations with volunteers. 010, 1 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/662292 Free Health & Safety Seminars https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/663733 Come along to one of our free seminars to find out what you need to know and do about the new Health & Safety at work Act. We have teamed up with SafeTworks to share what a business needs as a robust health and safety management system. If you&#146;re a business owner or director you could become personally liable for breaches of the new Act and no one wants that. 009, 23 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/663733 Your Will https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/662291 Who pays for your funeral? Most Wills have a clause directing the executors to pay funeral expenses as well as other usual estate liabilities. Often there is also a clause saying whether you want burial or cremation. Are these directions binding? 009, 23 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/662291 Increase in Claims on Estates https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/662289 How you can help avoid a claim on your own estate 008, 16 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/662289 Significant changes ahead in construction industry https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/650316 The construction industry will see some significant changes in the long-awaited Construction Contracts Amendment Act which was passed in October. The impact will be felt by every building owner, homeowner, contractor and subcontractor. 001, 30 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/650316 Ensuring Sufficient Feed for Stock When Buying a Farm https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/650315 When you are selling, buying or leasing a rural property one of the things that you should take time to consider is what grass or supplements will be available for the incoming farmer&#146;s stock. This is a matter for both the landowner, when selling and leasing, and the prospective purchaser or lessee to establish &#150; regardless of what time of year settlement is to occur. 052, 23 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/650315 Teenagers and Alcohol https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/650313 Some harsh remedies when retailers sell to minors. For generations, teenagers have tried every trick in the book to get their hands on alcohol before they are legally old enough to buy it. However, it&#146;s getting more and more difficult to do so. This article looks at the legislation and what happens when a retailer sells alcohol to a minor. 051, 17 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/650313 Supplying drinks to young people https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/650314 Over the summer, young people will be keen to celebrate the end of the school year and enjoy the long holidays. 051, 17 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/650314 Getting your Personal Affairs in Order https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/650312 Make sure you have a current Will &#150; make an End of Year resolution With summer, Christmas and the New Year fast approaching now is a good time to make an End of Year Resolution to get your affairs in order. In this past year you may have bought a house, established a business, moved in with your partner, welcomed a baby, booked your big OE or perhaps there are wedding bells on your horizon. 050, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/650312 Legal Health Check for Businesses https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/650311 It&#146;s essential for your business to be compliant. Another trading year is almost at an end. You concentrated on increasing business income, you&#146;ve built (or improved) your business systems, you believed in yourself and your product/service and profits have improved. 049, 3 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lepine.co.nz/blog/650311