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
The Government’s changes to the existing KiwiSaver Home Start program are expected to increase the numbers of lower and middle income first home buyers by approximately 90,000 over the next 5 years.Read more
New laws included in the Building Amendment Act (2013), will increase residential builders’ potential liability.Read more
Under the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill 2013, farm buildings are to be exempt from the requirements for assessments for hay, shearing, milk and implement sheds.Read more
Landowners have the right to ordinary use and enjoyment of their land, which means the right to plant gardens and trees.Read more
A person who dies without a Will has their estate distributed to their successors under the provisions of the Wills Act 2007. This produces some surprising results, and in particular, divides the estate between the surviving spouse and the children of the relationship. An out of date Will can similarly produce unsatisfactory results, where the property included in the Will has already been disposed of or persons in an earlier relationship are included in a Will when that relationship has long since ended, or children have been born since making the Will.Read more
Have you ever wondered when you are purchasing a new appliance such as a freezer or washing machine, why the sales person is anxious to sell you an extended warranty?Read more
Partners in a relationship cannot assume they will automatically obtain an interest in the dwelling used as their family home.Read more
How should purchasers deal with the issues of Building Act Compliance when building work carried out on the dream home they wish to purchase does not have a Code of Compliance certificate issued by the local council office?Read more
Who should manage your property assets and welfare if you become mentally incapacitated through a medical event or old age?Read more
Guides to the law
Here are links to the New Zealand Law Society law awareness pamphlets.
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