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Trust eSpeaking | 03 Oct 2017

Ageing trustees

No one should want to be trustee for life. It’s useful for trustees to think about a succession plan: which trustees should we expect to retire or be replaced and who are the likely replacement trustees?...>

Trust eSpeaking | 03 Oct 2017

Trusts Bill

The long-awaited Trusts Bill was introduced to Parliament on 1 August 2017. The bill is an update to existing trust law and deals with practical issues that have faced lawyers and trustees for some years. We outline some of the most important parts of the Bill...>

Trust eSpeaking | 03 Oct 2017

Retiring as a trustee?

Many people agree to act as trustees of trusts set up by friends or relatives on the basis that they wish to help out or assist their friend or relative in some way. Eventually it comes time to retire...>

JESS SHAW | 26 Jul 2017

Relationship property: the Clayton case

The implications of the Clayton case a year on - has it really exposed trusts in relationship property situations? >

Fineprint | 26 Jul 2017

Enduring powers of attorney sort out

Having an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) is as vital as making sure you have a Will. Whether you’re 18 or 80 years old, you never know when you may need to have a responsible person to make decisions on your behalf. >

Trust eSpeaking | 03 Apr 2017

Looking after your inheritance

For many people a gift by Will (also known as a legacy) from a relative or friend can be very significant – both personally and financially. The relative or friend wants to show you kindness but also usually wants the gift to be of real benefit to you personally. You need to keep it protected. >

Trust eSpeaking | 02 Apr 2017

Trusts Bill - some key proposals

In late 2013, the Law Commission completed a report recommending that a new Trusts Act replace the Trustee Act 1956. It is intended that the new legislation will be the primary source of trust law in New Zealand. We outline below some key proposals. >

Trust eSpeaking | 01 Apr 2017

Will your business survive if you don’t?

Most owners want to ensure their business will continue after they have died. However, there is a lot more planning that you should do other than just having an updated Will and Enduring Powers of Attorney. >

Property Speaking | 01 Dec 2016

Get your wills and EPAs in order

You work hard to build up your assets over your lifetime, so you should decide what happens to them if you become incapacitated and when you die. Make sure you have a Will and EPAs. >

Trust eSpeaking | 02 Oct 2016

Foreign trusts: tightening up the rules

Foreign trusts have been in the news recently. The government has now introduced legislation to tighten up the rules. But what are foreign trusts and is this important to you? >

Trust eSpeaking | 01 Sep 2016

Trusts under attack

Trusts can sometimes be used to protect assets from future claims by a former spouse or de facto partner. Trustees need to be cautious... >

Trust eSpeaking | 01 Sep 2016

Beneficiaries' and trust information

The extent of a trustee’s obligation to provide information to beneficiaries has been a continuing source of frustration for trustees, particularly those whose discretionary decisions may be challenged. Recently the Court of Appeal clarified the nature and extent of this ... >