Trusts

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Do you really want to be a trustee for life?

All trustees have tasks and duties that have to be performed on a regular basis, even in small family trusts. It’s a burden of responsibility nobody can reasonably be expected to bear for life. This raises questions. When is the right time to walk away? What happens if an ageing trustee is no longer mentally competent? Here are the answers.

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What you need to do to retire as a trustee

If you’ve agreed to act as trustee for a friend, family member or another entity, you’ll be aware that signing up is a relatively easy process. However, retiring as a trustee is not as straightforward. There’s an important process to follow to ensure there are no future problems for you or the trust.

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A practical approach to trusts

The Trusts Bill introduced on the 1st August this year updates the Trustee Act 1956 and reflects decisions made about trusts in common law. It also provides solutions for issues that have been facing lawyers and trustees for some time.

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More on Kiwisaver, multi offers and insulation

What many people don’t know is that you can still use your KiwiSaver funds to purchase a home owned by a trust, or partly owned by a trust.

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It’s your inheritance. Here’s how to keep it

A legacy or a gift in a will can significantly change your life, personally and financially. When a relative or friend does this, they want to show you kindness, but they usually also want the gift to benefit you personally, not other people like creditors, the Official Assignee or a de facto partner.

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The Trusts Bill: What will it mean for you?

Last December, the draft Trusts Bill was released for public consultation. Resulting from recommendations in a Law Commission report, the new Trusts Act will replace the Trustee Act 1956 if passed and become the primary source of trust law in New Zealand. Here is an outline of the key proposals and changes

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Company or Trust

The two most common farm-owning entities are either a company or a trust. Often, a farming operation is carried out with a mix of trust ownership (typically owning the land) and a company (owning the rest). Both structures have their pros and cons; in this article we compare these two ownership models.

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Section 21 Agreements and Trusts

Are they a good mix in organising relationship property in the rural sector?

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Common Intention Constructive Trusts

The widely publicised separation and property dispute of Sally Ridge and Adam Parore saw the High Court consider the concept of a common intention constructive trust.

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Importance of an ‘Independent’ Trustee

The law requires all trustees to act independently and impartially. The term ‘independent trustee’ is used to describe a trustee who does not benefit from the assets of the trust.