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Neglecting Your Trust

“Trusts are the most common wealth protection tool in New Zealand. If they are not maintained, however, they simply won't do the job. You wouldn't buy a Lamborghini and leave…


Privacy & Family Trusts – the net tightens

The case of Erceg v Erceg currently being heard in the Supreme Court is challenging the traditional privacy that has been the hallmark of family trusts in New Zealand.  While…


The Family Trust – a cast-iron shield or a leaky vessel?

The Court of Appeal's decision in Judd v Hawkes Bay Trustee Company Limited should make all trustees sit up and take notice.  The concept of a constructive trust being imposed…


Protecting the Elderly

People often find themselves looking after someone else's money or property under an enduring power of attorney (EPA) but they are unsure what they are suppose to do.  A recent…


Do you really need all that paper

One of the biggest changes most businesses face is the move to electronic communication and information.  Despite its potential for quick, efficient communication and the reduction in the need for…


Notice of Upcoming Law Change – Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill

There is currently a Bill before Parliament which will amend the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 to require smoke alarms and insulation in residential rental properties along with other tenancy improvements. …



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