Articles

The New Draft Trusts Bill and its Suggested Disclosure Rules - How Could This Affect You?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A new Trusts Bill has recently been released for public consultation.  This bill updates and changes various aspects of trust law.  One interesting proposed change is the rights beneficiaries have to trust information.  The most recent judicial case involving beneficiaries and trust information is Erceg v Erceg [2017] NZSC 28.  The Supreme Court did not find that there was a presumption for or against disclosure of trust documents, but that there is an "expectation that basic trust information will be disclosed to a close beneficiary who wants it".  The Supreme Court's analysis did differ from the lower Courts.  The Supreme Court listed certain factors to take into consideration when courts receive a request for disclosure.  They are: Read more

Are You Entitled To Value From Your (Soon-to-Be) Ex-Spouse's or Ex-Partner's Trust?

Monday, March 13, 2017

What happens if your relationship ends and your spouse/partner has previously settled property in a trust?  If the trust is valid, and there have been no dispositions to which the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 applies, there are two ways you may make a claim against that property. Read more

"Buying or Selling a Property? Five Things to Think About"

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Your home is likely to be the biggest asset you ever own, and although buying and selling property is an exciting venture, there are several things that should be kept in mind before entering into a property transaction.  Here is a list of our top five things to consider before your sale and purchase agreement goes unconditional: Read more

Casual Friday Donations

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Every Friday at McVeagh Fleming is a "Casual Friday" when smart, comfortable attire can be worn on the condition that staff who are in casual clothing pay a donation.  The Partners of the firm match the staff's contribution dollar for dollar each week.  For every $1,000.00 reached, a draw of the participating staff is held and a donation is made towards a charity of the staff member's choosing. Read more

"Unpaid Invoices - Want to Understand Your Options"

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

At one time or another, all businesses confront the unpleasant task of collecting outstanding fees for the services or products they have provided.  When a client refuses to pay an outstanding invoice, recovering the money due may turn into a drawn-out process, even when the amount owed appears un-contentious.  Engaging a solicitor to assist with the debt recovery process has the benefit of both impressing on the debtor your commitment to pursuing the debt and simplifying an otherwise frustrating process. Read more

Changes to Enduring Powers of Attorney

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

On 16 March 2017 changes to the Protection of Personal Property Rights Act 1988 come into effect.  Some of these changes affect how Enduring Powers of Attorney ("EPOA") are made, and others affect how they operate.  If you have any unsigned EPOAs drafted and they are not fully executed by this date, they will be invalid and will need re-drafting.  EPOAs fully executed prior to 16 March 2017 remain valid.  Please urgently contact us if you wish to finalise documents prior to 16 March 2017. Read more

The Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015 is implementing a number of updates to the Construction Contracts Act 2002 ("the CCA").  The amendments are coming into force progressively between 1 December 2015 and 31 March 2017. Read more

The New Health and Safety at Work Act

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Commenced on 4 April 2016, the new Health and Safety at Work Act ("the Act") replaced the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 which overhauled the way businesses and organisations must implement their health and safety policies.  The HSWA also put in place a new statutory regime to enforce compliance obligations. Read more

Auckland's Unitary Plan - In a Nutshell

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

You may have heard the term 'Auckland Unitary Plan' bantered about - if you live in Auckland or plan to, this document will have an impact on your life; whether it be job creation and development, how affordable your home is, and even who your neighbours may be, take a few moments and familiarise yourself with it (access here: Auckland Unitary Plan) or, given it is 7,000 pages, read on for a brief overview... Read more

Zero Hour Contracts

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Issues on the “Zero Hour Contracts” for employees have been topical in the lead up to the Employment Standards Legislation Bill (“the Bill”), which is due to be passed on 1 April 2016.  Read more