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    May 20, 2021

    Common Pitfalls of Wills

    Brittany Gibson

    Where there is a Will, there is a way. At least, that is what we would like to think when documenting what we want to happen to us after we die. Generally speaking, yes, as long as your instructions are written down in some form or another, they can be given affect to. However, if[...]

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    May 13, 2021

    Who’s your daddy?

    Curtis Fatiaki

    Paternity. It is an issue which is often questioned, but less frequently explored. What can you do if you doubt your paternal link to a child, and mum is not interested in allowing DNA testing to take place? Or if you need financial assistance from your child’s father, but he is refusing to accept that[...]

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    April 29, 2021

    Dealing with lawyers 101 – tips for effective relationships

    Lisa Douglas

    Bad lawyer jokes have been around since time immemorial. On the whole though, and certainly in New Zealand, the reality is a far cry from the jokes, and the experience for clients who deal with us should generally be a positive one. When you engage a lawyer in relation to any legal matter, you are[...]

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    April 22, 2021

    Preserving Your Safety

    Genevieve Harrison

    Having the ability to protect yourself and your family from physical harm can be taken for granted. However, in New Zealand almost half of all homicides are committed by a person who is identified as a family member of the victim. It is a sad fact that a staggering one in three women in New[...]

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    April 15, 2021

    What to do when a trustee loses capacity

    Andrew Penn

    Discretionary family trusts are a popular form of asset protection in New Zealand. Based on Ministry of Justice data, there are somewhere between 300,000 and 500,000 family trusts in the country. Over time, many of these trusts have had to address what to do when a trustee loses, or appears to lose, the capacity to[...]

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    April 1, 2021

    Changing employment agreements and Covid-19

    Brittany Gibson

    In a quickly changing world, it is difficult to ensure that employment arrangements stay relevant and continue to meet the varying needs of businesses. It is common for employers to want to amend the various terms and conditions of an employee’s employment to better suit their circumstances or when a new issue arises – perhaps[...]

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    March 18, 2021

    Stricter rules for privacy protection

    Evie O’Connor

    Privacy concerns all of us in everyday life. Whether it be the songs you sing to in the shower, how any times you have looked at an ex’s Facebook profile, or how much money you spent online shopping over lockdown. However, that is not the type of privacy the law is generally concerned with. The[...]

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    March 11, 2021

    Work safe liability rears its head once again for farmers

    Andrew Thomas

    Health and safety on farms is not a new issue, but it is always worth reminding those in the sector of their responsibilities and the penalties for non-compliance. Recently, a family farming company was prosecuted for failing to ensure its side-by-side was safe at the time of use. Unfortunately, the prosecution followed a death on[...]

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    March 8, 2021

    Seven years’ bad luck – cartel criminalisation comes into force

    Treadwell Gordon Team

    Collusion. Bid rigging. Price fixing. Market allocation. Output restriction. Cartel conduct. Whatever name you give it, as of today, entering into or giving effect to any agreement with your competitors where you agree not to compete with each other could land you in prison. For seven years. It sounds serious because it is serious. Unlawful[...]

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    March 4, 2021

    90 days no more! Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986

    Treadwell Gordon Team

    There have been big changes to residential tenancy laws in the last few weeks, coming on the back of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act passed last August. While a handful of changes came into effect immediately after the Act was passed, 11 February saw most of the eighty-odd changes take force. These changes mean big[...]

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    March 1, 2021

    Handshake leases – She’ll be right?

    Pétra Allen

    It is not uncommon in the rural industry for decades long farming arrangements such as leases to be made on a ‘handshake’. A good faith arrangement between neighbours, friends and family will continue to work as good as gold for years until suddenly it doesn’t. No one likes to think about the worst case scenario,[...]

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