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Relationship and family property
Keep up to date with what's happening in New Zealand Relationship and family property Law, and what's new at WRMK
De facto relationships – what does “living together as a couple” actually mean?
June 26, 2019
It’s generally well-understood that if you live with someone as a couple for three years, if the relationship ends, then any property involved is divided equally. However, what is less well-understood is the definition of “living together as a couple”. What exactly is a de facto relationship, are you in one, and if it ends, what happens to your stuff?
Contesting a will: who can lay claim to your assets?
June 04, 2019
Your will can be contested and it happens more often than people realise. Despite the law around contesting wills existing in New Zealand for over a century, many people are surprised to discover their will can be challenged.
Gifting: about more than what we give at Christmas time
June 01, 2017
If you think gifting is all about beautifully wrapped Christmas presents then think again. This blog post explores acrimonious court cases about gifting.
Are you really prepared to give that guarantee?
August 20, 2015
It pays to understand the worst case scenario...
Thinking of Living in a Retirement Village?
May 14, 2015
The Commission for Financial Capability is running a free seminar at the Whangarei RSA on the Thursday 11th June at 1-2.30pm providing practical tips for intending residents and their families.
Building a House?
October 01, 2014
If everything goes fine that’s great but if something goes wrong then this is the document that covers disputes, remedies and processes that eliminate most of the room for argument and give each party a clear indication of where they stand.
Power of Attorney vs. Enduring Power of Attorney
May 07, 2014
Often confused as being one and the same, there are some important differences you should be aware of before implementing either a Power of Attorney (“POA”), or an Enduring Power of Attorney (“EPA”).
Yofi killed by Chow: $45,000 damages awarded by Court
December 01, 2011
A case is reported from Seattle USA, where Yofi, a 12 year old cat was mauled to death in her owner’s back yard by the neighbour’s Chow dog.
Do I need a relationship property or contracting out agreement?
November 07, 2011
I think most of us would agree that when you have been in a relationship for a long time
Family Trust Beneficiaries: the hope or expectation of benefit
November 07, 2011
You may be a beneficiary under a trust you have set up or set up by your parents or by a wife, husband or partner – what does that entitle you to?
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