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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

Family Trusts May Have to Get an IRD Number Even if the Trust Earns No Income

Matthew Tetley-Jones

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Family Trusts May Have to Get an IRD Number Even if the Trust Earns No Income Read more

Need a Will? (Yes You Do!)

Brandon Cullen

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It is the old adage, nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. Death, however, often comes as a shock, not so much to the person who actually dies but to the family left behind to try and sort out the “estate” and what the deceased really wanted to happen with her antique dolls-house collection …  Read more

The Health and Safety Reform Bill

James Turner

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The enactment of the Health and Safety Reform Bill is expected to occur in April 2015. Significant changes to the workplace health and safety framework will require preparation now to ensure compliance.  Read more

Unit Titles Act 2010 : Is Your Licence Legal?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Do you have an informal licence over a portion of common property located in a unit title development?  Have you ever wondered if that licence is compliant with the requirements of the Unit Titles Act 2010 ("the Act")?  Read more

Effective Trust Management and Asset Protection

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"Trust busting" is the term given to an attempt made to penetrate a Trust structure and have assets held by the Trust declared by the Courts to be owned personally by an individual. The implication of Trust assets being found to be owned personally is that these assets then become part of an individual's net worth and are an available "property pool" to former spouses/partners or creditors with valid claims against the individual.  Read more

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