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  • Family Trusts

    June 2018

    Family Trusts have been particularly significant since 1993. Anecdotally, it would seem that there are in excess of half a million Family Trusts in New Zealand currently. That is significantly more, per head of population, than for almost every other country. ...

  • Shifting Sands

    June 2017

    In the leading Property (Relationships) Act case of Clayton v Clayton the Court of Appeal (2015) & Supreme Court (2016) found that Mr Clayton’s powers under a Trust was relationship property, and this meant that Mrs Clayton had a relationship property ...

  • The Sorry Tale of a Family Trust

    June 2017

    "This is a sorry tale of what can occur when a family adopts an inappropriate form of trust deed without adequate advice or sufficient understanding of the legal effect of its terms.”- Dobson J begins his judgment in McLaren v McLaren ...

  • Administering Family Trusts

    March 2016

    Too often clients think of themselves and their Family Trust as being interchangeable – they are not. The Family Trust is a separate legal entity operated by the trustees. The trustees in turn have legal obligations towards all beneficiaries named in ...

  • Trustees and Powers of Attorney

    December 2015

    Trustees’ Obligations & Breach of Trust with Power of AttorneyA recent High Court decision considered a claim for breach of trust in the context of the use of a General Power of Attorney by a Trustee. A Trustee had made a ...

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