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Christmas shopping – know your consumer rights before purchasing.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Author: Che Bunce

As a consumer in New Zealand, every time you purchase goods or services from a supplier in trade, the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 provides you with certain protections against the supplier of those goods or services (and possibly against the manufacturer). This article will provide a summary of the workings of the guarantees under the Act, and of the concept of extended warranties. Read more

Can trustees of a family trust treat beneficiaries unequally?

Friday, 1 December 2017

Author: Matthew Peploe

Many family assets in New Zealand are owned by a family trust. The trustees of such trusts must comply with a wide range of duties and obligations. This article considers one of those duties, the trustee duty of impartiality, and what this duty means in practice, particularly when trustees want to distribute trust assets unequally amongst trust beneficiaries. Read more

Don’t forget your roots

Friday, 10 November 2017

Author: Greg Thomas

If you have a legal interest in a property, you must take all steps necessary to prevent the trees on that property from causing damage to your neighbour’s property. Importantly, this responsibility also extends to forces of nature operating on the landowner’s property, such as the growth of tree roots beneath the surface of the ground. Read more