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  • Wills & Kiwisaver

    March 2019

    Thinking about death and the distribution of assets isn’t typically something we begin to think about until we reach a significant milestone like purchase of a house, starting a family, or reaching a certain age. Current estimates have shown that about ...

  • The Attorney's Duties

    March 2019

    We have all read, or heard about, abuse of Enduring Powers of Attorney (“EPOA”) where the Attorney, often a family member, has deliberately fleeced the Donor (the person who gave the EPOA) of vast sums of money to the near financial ...

  • Obligations when making a Will

    March 2019

    When providing instructions to us for the making of a Will there are two aspects that we need clients to carefully consider: The provisions of the Family Protection Act; and  The provisions of the Law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act.  In a recent appeal to ...

  • Falling Tree = A Duty of Care

    March 2019

    During high winds in January 2014, a tall century-old poplar tree located on land belonging to the Queenstown Lakes District Council snapped at its base and fell onto a motel owned by Plaza Investments Limited.  Extensive damage was caused to Plaza’s ...

  • Care Required with Trial Periods in employment agreements

    March 2019

    Under the provisions of the Employment Relations Act (“the Act”), parties to an employment agreement can agree upon a trial period of up to 90 days from the commencement of employment, provided the employer has not previously employed the employee.  In ...

  • Landlord Ordered To Renew Lease

    December 2018

    Commercial landlords and tenants should be conscious of the Court’s wide powers under the Property Law Act 2007 in ordering a renewal of a lease in circumstances where the Court thinks fit to create justice.BackgroundThe recent High Court case of Wendco ...

  • Ashes to Ashes

    December 2018

    De facto relationships and claims after deathThis article follows the article entitled “De facto relationships or friends with benefits?” by Anesha Dhanji in our Spring 2018 Law Report. It represents another case where there was a difference of opinion as to whether ...

  • Elder Abuse

    December 2018

    In past years there have been some shocking cases (Quinn, Heppell, Taylor) of caregiver abuse and neglect by family members which led to jail sentences.Recent examplesA recent Court case of elder abuse is a reminder for those appointed in Enduring Powers ...

  • Cross-Leases. What are they and what implications do they have?

    September 2018

    Historically, cross-leases were a popular form of dividing land for land owners. This is because owners could avoid certain subdivision restrictions and would gain similar results to a formal subdivision under the existing Act, but at a fraction of the price. ...

  • De-Facto relationships or "Friends with Benefits"?

    September 2018

    Whenever I ask clients when their de-facto relationship commenced, the response is often along the lines of “well we’ve been together for about four years, but we’ve only been living together for just over a year”. I often advise my clients ...


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