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Future-proofing Your Relationship

June 2018 . . . As the Chinese proverb “dig the well before you are thirsty” says, planning in life is key. There are many aspects of life that need to be planned for...

Equity Crowdfunding - Tips if You Want to Raise Capital

June 2018 . . . If you run a business and are looking for investors to back your vision, equity crowdfunding can be a great way to raise capital. You can raise up to $2...

Trust Law Reform and Trustee Duties

June 2018 . . Trusts play an important role in the New Zealand legal landscape. There are over 200,000 trust-owned kiwi homes, and an estimated total of 500,000 trusts in New...

Incapacity of Trustees

May 2018 . . . Trustee capacity issues are becoming increasingly common as life expectancies increase. In New Zealand there is no automatic consequence of a trustee losing capacity...

Enforcing Verbal Agreements

May 2018 . . . When you make a big decision, like buying a house or a business, you should write down what everyone has agreed. Of course, sometimes things change and you need to...

The KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant - What You Need to Know

May 2018 . . . In April 2015 the Government introduced the “Kiwisaver Homestart Grant” to assist first time home buyers with their funding for the purchase of a...

Review of Insurance Law and Unfair Contract Terms

May 2018 . . . The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has announced a review of New Zealand’s insurance contract law saying that there are “significant problems...

Explaining Powers of Attorney

April 2018 . . . Powers of attorney are legal documents that set out who can take care of your affairs if you cannot. There are two main types of powers of attorney, general powers...

Tenant Liability for Careless Damage - Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2)

April 2018. . . The Government has confirmed that it will carry on with the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill from the previous government which puts some liability back on...

Sweeping some of the BS out of the RMA

March 2018. . . In the last year of its third term the National coalition government passed the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017.  That Act amends various Acts that...

Reduced Flexibility around Rest and Meal Breaks on the Horizon

March 2018. . . Flexibility around the timing of rest and meal breaks introduced under the previous National-led Government is set to be rolled back as part of the current...

Changes to the Overseas Investment Act – Can You Buy Residential or Lifestyle Land if You’re an Overseas Person?

March 2018. . . One of the key issues of the 2017 election campaign was the affordable housing crisis facing New Zealand. During the new Labour Government’s first 100 days,...

Beware Australian Statutory Write-Off Vehicles

March 2018. . . Purchasing a used car can be a stressful and daunting exercise, particularly for those of us who know little or nothing about a car’s mysterious inner...

Beyond The Four Corners – Implied Terms In New Zealand

March 2018. . . Ward Equipment Limited v Preston is a 2017 Court of Appeal case dealing with the question of when additional terms should be implied into a commercial...

Company Breached Employee's Privacy

March 2018. . . A New Zealand company has fallen foul of privacy rules following the departure of an employee. Drugs and drug paraphernalia were observed in the employee’s...

Bright-Line Test Set to Change from 2 to 5 Years

March 2018. . . In 2015 the then National Government introduced the “Bright-Line Test” for the sale of residential property. Under current law (subject to a few...

Minimum wage to $16.50 per hour, from 1 April

February 2018. . . Cracking on with plans to increase the minimum wage rate to $20 per hour by 2021, the government has recently set a new minimum wage rate of $16.50 with...

Why you need a Will

February 2018. . .  Importance of having a Will As far as your family is concerned, your Will could be the most important document you sign.  A Will contains...

90 day trial clauses - a long(ish) sunset

February 2018. . . In January the government announced a range of changes to employment laws. As you will no doubt have heard, a key change is that employers with 20 or more staff...

Trustees and "Momentous Decisions"

February 2018. . . This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times. As many readers will be aware, trusts have traditionally been very popular in New Zealand and they are used in...

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