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Property eSpeaking - Summer 2021 Edition

Kia ora Today we have published the Summer 2021 edition of Property Speaking; attached is the PDF of this issue. We hope you find the articles to be useful and informative. Inside: *    Disputes in contracts: Help is at hand if things go wrong with your build *    Caveats: Protecting your interest in land *    Property briefs: Impacts on property dealings during Covid in Levels 3 and 2 - moving, buying and selling; property in...

November 9, 2021

Getting Down to Business

Tēnā koutou katoa.Buying an existing enterprise, or starting your own business from scratch, is an exciting time. It’s an opportunity to fulfil your hopes and dreams, being your own boss and working in the way thatyou want to. We have published this guide, Getting Down to Business, to help make your dream a reality. Its purpose is to provide you with some practical information to help set up and get your business off the ground. This guide is designed for you to dip into, although you may wa...

November 4, 2021

Commercial eSpeaking - Spring 2021 Edition

Today we have published the Spring 2021 edition of Commercial eSpeaking; we hope you find these articles useful for your business. Inside: Bonding agreements: Helping employers recoup training costsLease vs licence: Common contractual arrangements in commercial propertyBusiness briefs: Unfair contract terms regime extended – Many welcome new sick leave provisions – Changes to the retention money regime for construction contracts      To talk more about any of th...

September 24, 2021

Trust eSpeaking - Spring 2021 Edition

Kia Ora  Today we have published the Spring 2021 edition of Trust eSpeaking; your PDF is attached. We hope you find the articles both interesting and useful.  Inside: Buying your first home using KiwiSaver funds: But you’re already the trustee of a trustEstate laws due for a shake-upBritney Spears’ conservatorship: Could it happen in New Zealand? If you would you like to talk more on any of these topics, or of course on any other trust or legal matter, please don't hesita...

September 16, 2021

Rural eSpeaking - Winter 2021

Welcome to the Winter edition of Rural eSpeaking. We hope you find the articles useful and informative.  Significant Natural Areas: What are they? Should I be concerned?Buying or leasing Māori land: What does 'alienation' mean in this context?Over the fence: Climate Change Commission: carbon farming - Dairy worker border exception process - What is a 'state of emergency'?To talk more about any of these topics, or indeed any business matter, please don't hesitate to be in touch with us...

August 5, 2021

Fineprint Winter 2021

Inside the Winter 2021 edition of Fineprint: Buying off the plans: Becoming a more popular option in this tight housing marketNew edition of To Trust or Not to Trust: updated since the Trusts Act 2019 came into force on 30 January 2021Climate Action ToolboxPost-Covid working world: Keep employment agreements and policies up-to-dateAn independent trustee: Can be more important than you might thinkPostscript: Mature workers toolkit - Bright-line test extended to 10 years ...

August 4, 2021

To Trust or not to Trust - 2021 Edition

To Trust or Not to Trust provides an introduction to trusts and is useful if you are starting to think about protecting your assets. It also offers useful information if you are already familiar with the concept of trusts and how they can work for you.This guide reflects the Trusts Act 2019 that came into force on 30 January 2021, replacing the Trustee Act 1956. Written in modern clear language, this new legislation sets out (amongst other things) trustees’ duties and obligations, amends ...

June 25, 2021

Property eSpeaking - Winter 2021 Edition

Welcome to the Winter edition of Property eSpeaking. We hope you find the articles useful and informative.  Inside: Recent property tax changes: Bright-line and interest deductibilityClarity around fixtures and fittings: Address these before the lease is signedProperty briefs: Government housing package - Increases to income and price thresholds for First Home Grant/Housing Acceleration Fund/ Kāinga Ora Land Acquisition/Apprenticeship Boost To talk further on any of these topics, or indeed...

June 17, 2021

Commercial eSpeaking - Winter 2021 Edition

Welcome to the Winter 2021 edition of Commercial eSpeaking; we hope you find these articles useful for your business.Inside:Wellbeing Budget 2021: Key pointsTo jab or not to jab? Your employee doesn't want a Covid vaccination?Business briefs: Mainzeal: lessons for directors - Proposed changes to the Commerce Act - Incorporated Societies BillTo talk more about any of these topics, or indeed any business matter, please don't hesitate to be in touch with us. We are here to help....

June 14, 2021

Rural eSpeaking - Autumn 2021 Edition

Welcome to the Autumn 2021 edition of Rural eSpeaking. We hope you find the articles are both interesting and useful. Inside: Rural leases: should be more specific Trusts: still fit for purpose for farm ownership and succession? Over the fence: Privacy Act: affects rural sector too - New residential tenancy laws: implications for farm accommodation - National Environmental Standards for Freshwater Regulations 2020: impacts on winter grazingTo talk further with us on any ...

May 25, 2021

Fineprint - Autumn 2021 Edition

 In the Autumn 2021 edition of Fineprint: Social media - intellectual property owner's friend or foe?Cyber security 101 for business: Some practical tipsA child's right to a relationship with both their parents: Input is needed from Mum and DadLIM reports and property files: What is the difference?Postscript: Leave and pay entitlements during Covid response and recovery - Check your passport is current - A reminder about major changes to tenancy laws If you would like to talk further with u...

May 3, 2021

Property Speaking - Autumn 2021 Edition

Welcome to the Autumn edition of Property eSpeaking. We hope you find the articles useful and informative. If you would like to know more about any of the topics covered in this edition of Property eSpeaking, or indeed any property law or other legal matter, please don’t hesitate to contact us. In this edition: Rent reviews in commercial leases: a variety of clauses to suit different situationsReverse mortgages: increasing in popularityProperty briefs: Is your property...

May 3, 2021

Trust eSpeaking - Autumn 2021 Edition

Welcome to the Autumn edition of Trust eSpeaking. We hope you find the articles both interesting and useful.  If you would like to know more about any of the topics covered in this edition of Trust eSpeaking, or about trusts in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us  In this edition: Succession and trust law changes - extension of Maori Land Court jurisdictionTrustees’ expenses - should be reimbursed, but no need for extravaganceNew trusts legislation now in force - Disclosur...

March 1, 2021

Commercial eSpeaking - Summer 2021 Edition

Welcome to the first edition of Commercial eSpeaking for 2021; we hope this year has started well for you, your family and also your business. We hope you enjoy reading the articles in this e-newsletter, and find them interesting and useful. To talk further with us on any of the topics covered, or indeed any legal matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.In this edition:Raising capital for your business - some options for offering sharesHaving a puff at work - vaping now treated the same as...

January 31, 2021

Property eSpeaking - Summer 2020/21 Edition

Welcome to the final edition of Property Speaking for what has been a tumultuous 2020. Whilst we cover some topics in this issue that relate to COVID, we are keen on looking forward to greener 2021 pastures.  In this edition: Changes to the Building Act 2004 - consents not needed for small buildsUnderstanding your property title - “Estate”, “ownership with others” and “interests”Allowing for COVID-related settlementsResidential tenancies Amendment Act 2020: three stages of chang...

December 15, 2020

Rural eSpeaking - Summer 2020/21

Welcome to the Summer, and final, edition of Rural eSpeaking for 2020. We hope you find the articles in this e-newsletter are both interesting and useful. If you would like to talk further about any of the topics we have covered in this edition, or indeed any other legal matter, please don’t hesitate to contact us. In this issue: Investment in farming: A focus on syndicated farm investmentsThe finite supply of water: Water easementsOver the fence: Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill - submissions ...

December 4, 2020

Fineprint - Summer 2020/21 Issue

Fineprint is NZ Law's flagship publication with wide-ranging articles covering business law, dispute resolution, family law, rural issues and Wills and trusts.In this issue:Directorships mean significant obligations: Hefty consequences for getting it wrong when company was in financial distressHoliday houses: Rules for both owners and rentersWe're buying a house together: Time for a contracting out agreement?Building a fence in town...

December 1, 2020

Trust eSpeaking - Spring 2020 Edition

Covers stories of interest to trustees and professionals advising on asset protection and trusts, and also includes commentary on recent case law. In this edition: Legal documents during lockdown: Best to sign after lockdown to avoid later complicationsTrustee's decisions: decision-making can be affected by decision-biasRelationship Property Claims: Sign a contracting out agreement...

September 1, 2020

Fineprint - Winter 2020 Issue

Fineprint is NZ Law's flagship publication with wide-ranging articles covering business law, dispute resolution, family law, rural issues and Wills and trusts.In this issue:Emission control: What the Zero Carbon Act means for businessOur new normal post-COVIDCharities in New ZealandPrivacy in an ever-evolving digital age: New Privacy ActPostscript...

June 1, 2020

Commercial eSpeaking - Winter 2020 Edition

Welcome to the Winter edition of Commercial eSpeaking. This edition, of necessity, focuses very much on the implications to business from COVID-19. We hope you find these articles to be useful. In this edition: The Wellbeing Budget 2020: Rebuilding togetherGovernment’s COVID-19 wage subsidy scheme: not a “gift” - there are employer obligationsDebt recovery processCOVID-19 can be “frustrating”“Safe harbour” for directors...

June 1, 2020

Property eSpeaking - Winter 2020 Edition

Keeping property owners abreast of current property issues.  Property also includes commentary on recent case law. In this edition: Commercial lease post-COVID: Clause 27.5 and inability to access premiseResidential tenancies post-COVID: some temporary changes Healthy homes standards complianceCommercial landlord alert - changes for non-payment of rentMortgages and loans for property owners...

June 1, 2020

Rural eSpeaking - Winter 2020 Edition

The Rural eSpeak publication covers stories of interest to farmers and those working in the rural sector, professionals advising agricultural client as well as people who are interested in matters relating to New Zealand's heartland.  In this edition: Rural leases: COVID and access issues to landNational Environmental Standard for Freshwater 2020Tougher firearms legislation now in place with The Arms Legislation Act 2020Government changes to temporary work visa processNew environment l...

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