Am I in a de facto relationship?

In a de facto relationship, there can be significant financial implications if you separate or one partner passes away. Are you in one?… Read More

What is a contracting out agreement (AKA a Pre-Nup)?

When, why and how you should create a contracting out, or pre-nuptial, agreement.… Read More

How can I get a divorce in New Zealand?

The process you’ll need to follow to formally and legally separate from your ex-partner will depend on whether you are legally married or in a civil union, or in a de facto relationship.… Read More

Who’s got the power? Why you should set up Enduring Powers of Attorney

Enduring Powers of Attorney let you decide who can make decisions about you and your property if you can’t make those decisions due to illness or injury.… Read More

De facto relationships – what does “living together as a couple” actually mean?

If you live with someone as a couple for three years, if the relationship ends, then any property involved is divided equally – but what exactly is “living together as a couple”? And if your relationship ends, what happens to your stuff?… Read More

Gifting: about more than what we give at Christmas time

If you live with someone as a couple for three years, if the relationship ends, then any property involved is divided equally – but what exactly is “living together as a couple”? And if your relationship ends, what happens to your stuff?… Read More

What happens to your debt when you die?

Does your debt disappear when you die, or are your family obliged to pay your debts when you pass away?… Read More

Are you really prepared to give that guarantee?

Before giving a guarantee, whether it is for your children or your business, it pays to understand the worst case scenario.… Read More

Do I need a relationship property or contracting out agreement?

Most of us would agree that when you have been in a relationship for a long time, had children together and worked together to build up assets for the family, the equal sharing regime put in place by the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 makes sense.… Read More

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