Consultant - Whangarei
Vanessa has a wide ranging practice including estate planning, trusts and property, with particular expertise in subdivisions. She enjoys acting for people buying their first home through to developers completing large subdivisions.
Vanessa grew up in Whangarei, and following her studies in Otago, worked as a staff solicitor in Whangarei before becoming a partner in a local law firm in 1998. She joined WRMK’s property team in 2001 (then known as Webb Ross).
Vanessa combines work with being the mother of two school-age children. In her spare time she enjoys walking, yoga, reading and spending time with her family.
Vanessa also enjoys being part of the local community. Currently she is a member of the Hospice Girls Club which organises the successful Hospice House Tour.
Qualifications: LLB, University of Otago
- Forming family trusts as a means of asset protection for young couples starting out in business.
- Subdivisions throughout the North.
- Complex refinancing under time pressure.
P: 09 470 2402
Contact Vanessa Crosby
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Vanessa Crosby's Specialist Services
When you buy or sell your house you are probably dealing with your most valuable asset.
Trusts and asset planning
Protecting the things you and your family have worked hard for is important. Trusts are an excellent tool for protecting your assets and ensuring they pass on to the right people.
Vanessa Crosby's Blog Posts
11 Things You Should Know Before You Become a Family Trustee
October 13, 2016
So you have been asked to be a trustee of a family trust. Sensibly before you agree to do this, you want to know exactly what the job entails.
If there are no special conditions in my Sale and Purchase Agreement is my agreement unconditional?
November 06, 2013
This is not correct. In the fine print of the standard ADLS/REINZ Sale and Purchase Agreement there is a condition that gives purchasers 10 days from the date of signing the Sale and Purchase Agreement to give notice to the vendor of any title requisition. Until this requisition period has passed, the Agreement is not unconditional.
May 24, 2013
New Zealand communities are currently in the midst of one of the largest and most significant democratic processes in New Zealand - School Board of Trustee elections.
Can a school be sued if one of their students is bullied?
August 03, 2012
In most common law jurisdictions it is possible to seek compensation from either the bully or the school for the harm suffered as a result of school bullying.
High Court ruling on Milk NZ Holding Ltd judicial review
February 16, 2012
Following the High Courts decision in this matter on 15 February New Zealanders are watching with interest to see whether the Overseas Investment Office (“OIO”) amends its recommendation to the Ministers that they consent to Milk NZ Holding Ltd purchasing the Crafar farms.
Is a family trust still right for me?
November 18, 2011
Obviously the imminent abolition of gift duty has focussed peoples attention on trusts and whether a trust is something they should be considering.
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
Director’s responsibilities when a business is in trouble
August 15, 2011
When a business is in trouble there will inevitably be tension between the completing rights and interests of the various stakeholders. Directors are often either driven to seek to save the business or to extract money that they have put into the business .
Relationship property division – how times have changed
July 20, 2011
When the Property (Relationships) Act was introduced in 2001 it was heralded by some as the start of a new era in family law.
Can a family trust help me protect my property in the event of a relationship breakdown?
July 05, 2011
Whether a trust will provide you with protection in this situation will depend largely on timing. A trust is an ideal structure to protect assets acquired before or in the early stages of a relationship.
As a business owner, how should I deal with the IRD in times of trouble?
June 07, 2011
The Inland Revenue Department is a significant stakeholder in any business. Many business owners forget this and frequently give the IRD low priority in respect of filing returns, making payments and communication.
Is my business doomed, or is there a lifeline?
May 10, 2011
When a business finds itself in trouble the immediate questions which arise are “can the business be saved?”, and from the owner’s perspective, “how much am I going to lose?”
As a director can I be personally liable?
April 05, 2011
Yes! As most people are aware, shareholders and directors may face personal liability for the actions of the company.
Changes to Residential Tenancies
March 25, 2011
If you are a landlord and you are not up to date with the changes to the Residential Tenancies Act which came into effect from 1 October last year you should be.
Who shall I appoint as my attorney?
March 10, 2011
So you’ve decided you need to complete powers of attorney. The most important decision you make will, of course, be who you appoint as your attorney or attorneys.
Thinking of creating powers of attorney?
February 09, 2011
In simple terms a power of attorney is a formal written appointment of an agent by someone thereafter known as the donor.
Thinking of a retirement village?
December 14, 2010
When you become older and realise that your existing residential arrangements have become unsuitable moving may become necessary.
The power to appoint and remove trustees of a discretionary family trust
November 16, 2010
The power to appoint and remove trustees is commonly retained by the person who forms the family trust – the Settlor. There are good reasons for having such power. It can be used to control the trustees exercise of their discretion. If they do not perform the Trust according to the Settlor’s wishes the Settlor can remove the trustees without giving reasons.
Financial Service Providers and Financial Advisors shake up
October 15, 2010
There have been fundamental changes to the way financial services are provided as a result of the Financial Advisors Act 2008 and Financial Service Providers (Registration & Dispute Resolution) Act 2008, both of which will be fully in force by July 2011.
September 21, 2010
If you own a house, are short on cash, and are around 60 years old, banks will sometimes agree to lend you money and only expect repayment when certain things (for example your death or the sale of the property) happen. These are called “reverse mortgages”.