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July 26, 2017
Wills vs Trusts

Ask a Lawyer: Does a Will Outright a Trust?

Ask a Lawyer: Does a Will Outright a Trust? From the Wealth Protection Team A reader wrote to us and asked: ‘Does a will outright a trust?’ By […]
June 22, 2017
Family Trust

Thought about your Family Trust recently?

When was the last time you gave any thought to your Family Trust? Here’s what you might not know about how to look after it successfully… […]
December 7, 2015

Trusts & Relationship Property – What Does Clayton v Clayton Mean For Me?

Clayton v Clayton [2015] NZCA 30 (‘Clayton’) considers whether property owned by a particular trust is relationship property for the purposes of the Property (Relationship) Act […]
March 18, 2014

Proposed Changes To Trust Law

The Law Commission feels a new framework is needed to provide a clear and robust approach for trusts in the 21st Century. They are undertaking a […]
September 25, 2013

To Be A Trustee – What Does It Mean?

Are you a trustee, or have you been asked to become a trustee, of a trust or will? Before you leap into the role with vim […]
March 5, 2013

For Richer, Poorer – Contracting Out Of The Property (Relationships) Act 1976

The Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (the ‘Act’) applies to all domestic relationships, including marriages, de facto relationships and same sex relationships. The defining feature of the […]
November 28, 2012

Family Trusts – It’s Not What You Do, It’s The Way That You Do It

Do you give much thought to your family trust, other than to carry out your annual gifting at the direction of your lawyer? If not, then […]
November 28, 2012

Courts Undermining Family Trusts

Much has been made of the case Ian David Penny and Gary John Hooper v Commissioner of Inland Revenue [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” […]
March 4, 2012

Make Sure You Get It Right – Have A ‘Legal Affairs Audit’!

Are you considering making a ‘lump sum’ gift? Do you have (or are you likely to have) any children or other financial dependents? Do you own […]