Family Protection Act – claims and dates

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 is the test, which is a wide and general

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Tenants in common: when one wants to sell

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 enables an individual to have control over the share of the property they are

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Overview of the Wills Act

The Wills Act 2007 (“Act”) governs how wills should be prepared, executed, amended and administered. The Act was introduced to make the law around wills easier to understand, with a single reference point rather than spread over different statutes. An overview of the Act is outlined below. The Act applies to the wills of people

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Trusts: when is a loan really a distribution?

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 a misrepresentation could put the trustees

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Taxes on utes rules

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 such measure, which is intended to achieve

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Covid-19 vaccine/regulations – employer and employee rights

Employers and employees both have responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. Employers are required to take steps to eliminate or otherwise minimise risks, and employees are expected to follow policies and procedures put in place in their workplace. The World Health Organisation deemed Covid-19 a worldwide pandemic in March of 2020.

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Who Pays The Ferryman?

According to Greek mythology, to be properly buried, a coin called an obol needed to be placed under your tongue. This would then be presented to Charon (the ferryman of the River Styx), as payment for the crossing of the river. The entrance to Hades, the underworld, was on the other side of the river.

By |2022-03-17T17:03:57+13:00January 10th, 2022|

Closing the Gaps – Holidays Amendment Act 2004

Are you required to work on a public holiday? Thinking of calling in sick, being paid time- and-a-half, and getting an additional holiday? Recent amendments to the Holidays Act 2003 ("Act") will foil any such plan. The Act came into force on 1 April 2004. Following the introduction of the Act, a number of unintended

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Buying at Auction

There is an increasing trend today for properties to be bought and sold at auction. If you are considering buying  at auction for the first time, be aware that there are some matters which differ from the usual 'offer on paper' approach and which require your attention beforehand. Register Your Interest Firstly, you would do

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Explaining Powers of Attorney

Any individual may give another a power of attorney to manage his or her affairs pursuant to the Personal Protection of Property Rights Act 1988 (“the Act”). The Act provides for two types of powers of attorney: An Enduring Power Of Attorney As To Property This confers upon the person who is appointed (“the donee”)

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