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Keep up to date with what's happening in New Zealand Wills and Estates Law, and what's new at WRMK
What Happens To Debt After You Die
September 29, 2016
Generally all of your debt, mortgages, credit card debts and car loans, will need to be paid back when you die. The executor you appoint in your will to act for your estate will sell sufficient of your assets to pay all of your debts.
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”).
Making a will
April 11, 2012
Making a will is often assumed to be a simple and straightforward process that takes minimal time and effort. In fact nothing could be further from the truth.
Who should have my assets when I die? Deferring that decision.
March 23, 2012
When contemplating a will, it is sometimes difficult for a person to decide how to distribute their assets, if they believe a change of circumstances for their intended beneficiaries is possible.
Expensive mistakes in preparation of a Will
March 05, 2012
Did you know that for a will to be valid there needs to be a statement on the will that the witnesses were present with the will maker when the will was signed?
What is a “memorandum of wishes”?
August 01, 2011
A memorandum of wishes is often signed in conjunction with a trust deed. What is it?
Are you mentally capable of signing a will?
June 23, 2011
How do you tell if someone is mentally capable of signing a will? What does the law say?
What happens to online assets after you die?
February 11, 2011
A question that is bound to come up more often with the growth of the internet and high speed broadband is what to do with a person’s digital property after they die.
How long does it take to pay out an estate after someone dies?
December 20, 2010
What’s the process involved in distributing assets after a death? How long does it take?
Death and the Trustee
November 25, 2010
Many thousands of people are executors and/or trustees of their friend’s or family member’s will but what does this mean and what does it involve?
Do it online
Did you know you can now pay your bill online?
Is your Family Trust still serving its purpose?
With the Trusts Bill currently in its Second Reading in Parliament and likely to incorporate a raft of signalled changes, it is probably a good time to take stock and consider why you settled your family trust in the first place.
November 22, 2018
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