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We produce a range of articles, legal publications and resources on a wide range of legal subjects and hot topics critical to our clients needs. These include briefings on key legal issues, newsletters on practice areas and industry developments via the below headings.

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The Government has responded to the Law Commission’s proposed changes for both relationship property and succession law, saying its work to update the laws will take years. Under the Law Commission’s relationship property recommendations, it has called for a replacement to the Property More »
Farms are significant assets, so when it comes to buying or selling a farm extra care should be taken to ensure that you get the best value for money. This article sets out some of the key considerations for buyers and sellers of farming operations. Whether you are looking at a small or large-scale More »
The Family Protection Act 1955 (FPA) becomes relevant under either a will or intestacy (where a deceased dies without a will in place) in circumstances where a claimant does not consider that they have been appropriately provided for under the deceased’s estate. Proper maintenance and support More »
Property sharing agreements are becoming more prevalent as individuals seek certainty of outcomes, where unforeseen circumstances intervene after property purchases. The form of property ownership known as ‘tenancy in common’ is becoming more popular due to this. This form of ownership More »
Loans to beneficiaries are often made without proper consideration as to whether the powers being exercised will affect the preservation of trust assets or how these will affect any benefits to beneficiaries. Recording a payment to a beneficiary as a loan does not conclusively make it so, and such More »
The Government is taking action in line with the advice of the Climate Change Commission to increase uptake of low emission vehicles by introducing a range of measures that will help meet New Zealand’s 2050 carbon neutral target. The Land Transport (Clean Vehicles) Amendment Bill 2021 is one More »
There is a presumption often made by the will maker that they can leave the chattels they have to the executors and the family to sort out once they have died. A generic chattels clause is inserted in the will and the rest is left to chance. Let it be known that chattels division issues cause a More »
While the process of buying a used car is usually completed without legal advice, it is useful to refresh the checklist of the key points you should follow. This is particularly important if there is no intermediary, such as a used car dealership, overseeing the purchase. There are some key points More »
The Trusts Act 2019 (the Act ) came into force on 30 January 2021, being the first major trust law reform in New Zealand in 70 years. The Act, which is aimed at making trust law more accessible, increases the obligations of trustees and strengthens the ability of beneficiaries to hold trustees to More »
Insurance is absolutely crucial, and when borrowing from lenders to complete a house purchase, it is compulsory. Lenders will not allow a loan drawdown without written confirmation that appropriate and sufficient insurance cover is in place. Usually there is replacement insurance relating to fire, More »
Signing documents that bind a company to obligations and potential liability is a key aspect of being a director of a company. It is part of the role when a director is guiding and running the company. While shareholders are required to ratify major transactions and key decisions, day to day, the More »
A sole trader is a common ownership structure that can be used to operate a small business. The main operator of the business may be one person, supported by a family member such as a spouse. Operating a business may be risky if the right asset protection and insurance is not in place to support More »
The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill passed under urgency on 5 August 2020. It will now be sent for Royal Assent to become law. The Bill makes significant changes which landlords of residential properties will need to be aware of. These changes are due to come into force six months after the More »
Click here to view partner Hamish Walker, senior associate Kate Mitchell and senior associate Alysha Hinton discuss the new Trusts Act, which comes into force on 30 January 2021. They will address whether you still need a trust, what your obligations are, beneficiary information and next steps. For More »
The word caveat is Latin and translates to “let him or her beware”. A caveat can be lodged against someone’s property title to protect the lodging party’s right or interest in the property and it prevents the registered owner of the property from selling, mortgaging, and More »
Building a house can be a stressful, expensive and intimidating prospect for both new and experienced customers. As such, ensuring you are aware of not only your rights and obligations, but also those of the builder, is crucial. Prior to even hiring a builder, you should complete your own due More »
The government has recently made changes to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (the “Act”) to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing within various businesses and professions (including lawyers, accountants and real estate agents). The Act More »
The law relating to the division of relationship property is something that a significant number of New Zealanders deal with at some point during their lifetime, when entering into a contracting out agreement at the start of a relationship, splitting property at the end of a relationship, or even More »
When purchasing a property, obtaining a Land Information Memorandum (LIM) report from the relevant council is strongly recommended. A LIM report provides all the documents that a council has on records for a property. Each LIM report contains different information, as some properties may be new More »

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