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Individual Employment Agreements Must be Recorded in Writing From 6 May 2019

Friday, April 12, 2019

From 6 May 2019 employers who have failed to record their individual employment agreements in writing will be liable for an infringement offence under the Employment Relations (Infringement Offences) Regulations 2019. Read more

Do I Still Need my Family Trust?

Friday, March 15, 2019

This is the most common question I get asked when I meet clients to discuss their family trust ("Trust").  Often it's because the clients are older now, no longer engaged in "risky" business, their kids have grown up and left home, and/or their Trust no longer has the relevance or perceived importance it used to have.  All fair points!  In addition, the old residential care subsidy loopholes have been (effectively) closed meaning Trusts can't be used to get around Government means testing.  The administrative costs of managing a Trust have increased over time, and it can be difficult to find the "right" person to be your independent trustee.  It does make you scratch your head and wonder … Read more

Domestic Violence - Victims' Protection Act 2018 - Rights and Obligations

Friday, March 01, 2019

The Domestic Violence - Victims' Protection Act will come into effect on 1 April 2019.  The legislation aims to enhance legal protections in the workplace for people affected by domestic violence by helping victims to stay employed and addressing discrimination stemming from domestic violence in the workplace. The Act brings a normally private matter into the working domain.  Read more

Applying for a Protection Order

Monday, January 21, 2019

When you apply for a Protection Order you are applying to be protected from violence and harm caused by another person to you.  To qualify you must be or have been in a domestic relationship with the violent person ("the respondent"): ie have been in a close and personal relationship, are the parents of, related to through blood or marriage, etc. 
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More Than a Stork Drop - Adopting a Child in New Zealand

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

If you, or someone you know, are hoping to adopt a bundle of joy into the family, there is, of course, more to the process than a fly-by stork drop.  The Adoption Act 1955 sets out each step to becoming an adopted child's legal guardian.    Read more

Wills

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Planning Ahead:  Need to make a Will even if you don't think you do?  Read more

Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Significant Employment Law Changes  Read more

The Trusts Bill - Upcoming Key Changes to New Zealand Trust Law

Friday, November 30, 2018

I  Introduction  Read more

How Much is a Promise Worth? What You Need to Know About the Law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act 1949

How Much is a Promise Worth? What You Need to Know About the Law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act 1949

Monday, October 29, 2018

The situation seems simple.  A promise is made (by the "promisor") to someone (the "promisee"), that they will be rewarded in the promisor's Will for work or services carried out. Time passes, and the (now deceased) promisor has failed to follow through on their promise, leaving no such reward (or less than what was promised) in their Will.  The promisee can then claim against the deceased's estate for the remuneration that was promised to them.  Such claim is made under the Law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act 1949. Read more

Applying for a Visitor Visa to New Zealand - Common Pitfalls

Friday, October 26, 2018

Introduction  Read more

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