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Oh, What a Year!!!

December 2020

Who would have guessed, at the beginning of 2020, what a year we would have to face with the upheaval of Covid-19 and the economic consequences that have followed. A second wave of Covid-19 and further lockdowns have not helped. 

For us, Level 4 restrictions made it next to impossible to undertake most legal work. At Level 3 we were able to be back in the office although restricted in what we could do. Level 2, and particularly Level 1, enabled us to offer our full range of services but with social distancing, hand sanitiser and the wiping of all surfaces. 

One casualty for us this year with Covid-19 was our intended Elder Law Issues client presentations. These had been scheduled for mid-March but were postponed. We then rescheduled them for September with the health environment looking more positive. However, the 2nd wave of Covid-19 in August resulted in our postponing the presentations again. We are now planning on holding these presentations in early Autumn 2021.

In October, Cindy Smith and Anne Todd gave a presentation on Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney for members of the Lakeside Lions at the Te Kauwhata Golf Club. 

In November, our partner Sarah Bush was a presentor at the Auckland District Law Society’s Family Law Conference 2020.

 Although our involvement has been more limited this year (with the Covid-19 closures) our team has still participated with our local Citizens Advice Bureau and Franklin Family Support Services clinics. We believe that we have a responsibility to assist our community and have found that our volunteering of our legal skills to these clinics is an effective way to fulfil that responsibility.

 Similarly, in assisting our community, we have again given Inder Lynch Achievement Awards to senior pupils from Manurewa High School, James Cook High School, Alfriston College, Rosehill College, Papakura High School, Pukekohe High School and Tuakau College. This year’s awards total $14,000. Details of the winners can be seen on page 6 of this edition.

 It is interesting looking back on our editorials. In our Summer 2019/2020 edition we said “our hope is that 2020 will be much better for all of us”. That comment was a fond, but looking back an unrealistic, hope. In our Winter 2020 edition we said “it has been a challenging journey which we suspect is not yet over”. With the 2nd wave of Covid-19 that comment was much more prescient. We would have preferred to be right about the first comment and wrong about the second. On balance, we dare not predict 2021.

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Be safe.