Category: Property

Where there is a will, what is the way?

Where there is a will, what is the way? A parent dies, but the child is unaware of the death Categories = Property, Elder law, Wills and Estates,  Trusts and Succession   A child (of whatever age) can make a claim against the estate of their parent under the Family Protection Act 1955 (FPA) if […]

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Caring for Kiwis who cannot make decisions for themselves

Caring for Kiwis who cannot make decisions for themselves   Could a Britney Spears’ type conservatorship apply in NZ?   Categories = Property, Elder Law   In the Spring 2021 edition of Trust eSpeaking, we looked at whether someone in New Zealand could end up in a similar situation to American entertainer Britney Spears. Britney […]

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Gift or loan?

Gift or loan? The importance of properly documenting advances between family members   Categories = Property, Relationship Property, Wills and Estates,  Trusts and Succession The trusty Kiwi “She’ll be right” approach is often manifested in a reluctance to formally document intra-family lending arrangements. Catch cries of “I trust the kids to sort things out between […]

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Lockdown rent relief – are there remedies?

We investigate your options and where to look

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Defining a de facto relationship

Not that straightforward when it comes to property. We take a closer look at de facto relationships as defined in the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (PRA for short). This is key if you and your partner separate and have a dispute over property.

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Building a fence in town

As the daylight hours extend, so too does the list of summer jobs that have been building up over the past year. On that list for many will be replacing those rickety old boundary fences that surround your house. Before you rip them all down, we have a case study that clarifies why it’s so […]

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We’re buying a house together

Buying a house together? – think about a Contracting Out Agreement to avoid future conflicts

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Holiday houses – Rules for both owners and renters

Holiday houses – whether renting out or using someone else’s house over the Christmas/New year period make sure you get things right

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Property Speaking, Winter 2020. No 34

In this issue: Commercial leases post-COVID – Clause 27.5 and inability to access premises, Residential tenancies post-COVID, Property briefs

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Charities in New Zealand

Charities in New Zealand – what you need to know

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