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  • Testamentary Capacity New Developments From The Supreme Court

    September 2019

    The Supreme Court has recently considered the issues of testamentary capacity, and the role of the lawyer, when a lawyer drafts a Will for their client.In a particular case that went all the way to the Supreme Court a son, disgruntled ...

  • High Court Authorises Entry Onto Neighbouring Land To Undertake Repairs

    September 2019

    Situations occasionally arise where a landowner wishes to gain access over their neighbour’s land for the purpose of undertaking repairs or alterations to their property.  Such situations typically arise because there are physical impediments that prevent the landowner from undertaking the relevant ...

  • Land & Build Contracts

    September 2019

    As the Auckland urban sprawl continues, particularly in the South Auckland areas, we are seeing an increase in clients entering into land and build packages. These types of purchases are particularly popular with first home buyers as there are larger Housing ...

  • Maori Land Law

    September 2019

    Maori land is described by the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 (“TTWMA”) as a taonga tuku iho of special significance to Māori people.  The purpose of TTWMA is to promote the retention of Māori land in the hands of its owners, ...

  • Reverse Mortgages

    September 2019

    A reverse mortgage loan is quite different from a standard bank term loan secured by a mortgage and repaid over a term of years.  It is therefore important that you receive independent legal advice about the terms of the loan and the ...

  • Bright-Line Test & Trust

    September 2019

    What is bright-line test? The bright-line test is a clearly defined rule that determines whether tax should be paid on capital gains from sale of residential property (with some exemptions). The bright-line test rules have applied to residential land sales since 1 ...

  • Brad Williams' Promotion

    September 2019

    We are pleased to announce the promotion of Brad Williams to a more senior position at our Pukekohe office.Brad joined our Manukau office in 2017 as a law clerk.  He was subsequently admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court ...

  • SPRINGTIME – TIME TO MOVE?

    September 2019

    Well it’s that time again.  Springtime and the time when many of you think about listing your property for sale and/or purchasing a new home.There have been a lot of stories in the news about whether now is the time to buy ...

  • Another Imposition On Employers

    June 2019

    Complying with the Domestic Violence – Victims Protection Act 2018 New Zealand has one of the highest rates of Family Violence in the developed world. Over 500,000 New Zealanders are estimated to be victims of Domestic Violence, and 40% of these – ...

  • Relationship Property vs Separate Property

    June 2019

    “the use to which the asset was being put before the relationship ended” In a recent High Court decision,H had been in a de facto relationship with Wfor over 4 years. Prior to commencement of that relationship Hhad purchased a Maserati car and retained it throughout ...

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