When you buy a house or start a family, you may start thinking about setting up a family trust. Family trusts are arguably a New Zealand social institution, but is a family trust right for your situation?Read more
The recent earthquakes in Christchurch and Kaikoura have been a good wake up call for buying and selling commercial property.Read more
From 1 July 2016 there are a raft of changes that affect landlords. Our team of property lawyers has outlined what you need to know...Read more
The Building Act provides implied warranties for all residential building work, however it's not all plain sailing. A system of licensing now exists for licensed building practioners to carry out building work, and this scheme is designed to ensure that major work is carried out by competent trades people who are held accountable for their work if anything goes wrong. The remedies available to owners include:Read more
When starting up and running a business, planning how to exit that business may not be at the forefront of your mind.Read more
Whether you are looking to purchase a new home, renovate an existing one or start from scratch, a code of compliance certificate will be an important step in the process. This article addresses some of the common questions relating to code of compliance certificates.Read more
The purchase of a family home using the combined resources of a couple, will in most circumstances result in the home being classified as relationship property subject to equal sharing under the Property Relationships Act 1976.Read more
Claims against property owned by trusts can be made by strangers to the trust according to the principles laid down in Lankow v Rose.Read more
The Supreme Court has recently addressed controversial topics of great interest to lawyers, accountants and their clients.Read more
The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 is about to come into force on the 4th of April 2016. As far as charities and voluntary organisations are concerned, there are two separate situations that apply.Read more
Guides to the law
Here are links to the New Zealand Law Society law awareness pamphlets.
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