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    Blended Families – Wills and Trusts 10 Jul 2018
    Can it be fair for everyone? Making sure everyone you care about gets a fair share of your property after you die is an issue most of us grapple with. This Read more...
    Upcoming changes to Enduring Powers of Attorney 02 Feb 2017
    As from 16 March 2017, certain changes are being made to the Protection of Person Property Rights Act 1988 ('the PPPR Act'), as well as the accompanying Regulations, which will Read more...
    The Family Court System and Visitation Rights 20 Jan 2017
    This article discusses the Family Court system in New Zealand and in particular focuses on contact rights for children after a separation. Thanks to Kim for suggesting this topic on Read more...
    Family Dispute Resolution – Update 19 Nov 2013
    The Family Dispute Resolution Act (the Act) was passed on 24 September 2013. Under it the Government has introduced a mandatory “user-pays” pre-court alternative dispute resolution – Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) Read more...
    Is my Will binding in all circumstances? 19 Jul 2013
    Many people do not realise that a Will, even if signed correctly, can still be challenged after a person dies. It is important, therefore, to give careful consideration as to how Read more...
    Does a family trust protect my home against relationship property claims? 20 May 2013
    You may have heard that trusts are a good protector of homes against relationship property claims. Indeed they may be – but they are not watertight protection. There are various Read more...
    Relocation Disputes After Separation – Where Should a Child Live if One Parent Wants to Move? 09 Jun 2012
    Disputes about which country or city a child should live in after parents separate (relocation disputes) are becoming more common. Travels costs have become cheaper, meaning that an increasing number Read more...
    Trustee of an Estate – Hard work as Well as Grief 09 Dec 2011
    Dealing with the death of a friend or family member can be taxing but, if you have been appointed a trustee in their Will, there is often more work to Read more...
    Contracting Out of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 09 Dec 2011
    If you are married, or in a civil union or de facto relationship, New Zealand's Property (Relationships) Act 1976 will have an impact on what happens to your property in the event Read more...
    Enduring Powers of Attorney 09 Dec 2011
    What would happen to your affairs if you lost the capacity to handle them yourself? If you don't have an enduring power of attorney (EPA), managing your affairs can be extremely Read more...