The Building and Housing Minister, Nick Smith, has announced that the Government was reviewing its policy on managing earthquake risk by better targeting regulations on buildings where location, use and type posed the greatest risk to life.Read more
Over the past year we have been strengthening our legal team with the addition of four solicitors to our Hawkes Bay team. And in breaking news - the stork has visited SLW!Read more
The so-called bright-line test to be applied to gains from the sale of residential property bought and sold within 2 years was announced in the budget in 2015.Read more
Recently building and property law has changed. There are a number of things you need to know as a building contractor before you undertake building works for your client. Even if you are completing building works as part of an agreement for sale and purchase of real estate, the following will still apply to you:Read more
Strict income criteria often disqualify potential borrowers who are asset rich but income poor. This can lead to a retired couple selling their family home earlier than necessary simply to free up funds for their retirement.Read more
The following are some commonly asked questions regarding the differences between Solicitors, Lawyers and Barristers.Read more
A will can relieve financial and emotional strain on your family after your death and ensure your loved ones are taken care of.Read more
Finding a good business lawyer will be different from finding other kinds of lawyers, for example conveyancing lawyers or litigation specialists. However, just like other lawyers you should consider several aspects when looking for a business lawyer.Read more
The Fair Trading Act 1986 has been amended with new provisions that apply to standard form consumer contracts entered into (or renewed or varied) on and from 17 March 2015.Read more
The Property (Relationships) Act 1976 provides that inherited property is separate property and so is immune to claims by a spouse or partner.Read more
Guides to the law
Here are links to the New Zealand Law Society law awareness pamphlets.
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