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Common issues in Commercial Property Transactions

Typically most transactions go smoothly as both parties have a mutual goal of the sale and purchase of the property and work together to get it achieved. Often, however, issues arise during the transaction that neither party expected.

This article is the first of a series that examines various case ...

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Are your employment agreements compliant?

Last year saw significant changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 in relation to agreed hours of work, availability provisions, and zero hour contracts. Employment agreements must be complaint with the new provisions by 1 April 2017.

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New legislation requires owners to strengthen their quake-prone buildings

The issue of earthquake-prone buildings remains a hot topic. You may have seen recent reports in the media including:

“Wellington considers new earthquake laws that could cost homeowners thousands” – www.stuff.co.nz, 21 January 2017

“Earthquake-prone Hurunui and Marlborough buildings could have just one year to reach building code ...

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Review of the Unit Titles Act 2010

Triggered by a report from property professionals, the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) have announced a review of the Unit Titles Act 2010 (Act). It is a timely review of the Act especially as the number of unit title complexes are increasing.
The objective of the review is to ...

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So you want to write your child out of your Will?

Do you want to know whether you can write your child out of your Will? Perhaps your relationship has broken down irreparably with your son or daughter, or perhaps they are just not good with money? Or perhaps your son or daughter (or their partner) has a gambling problem and ...

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The pitfalls of DIY Will kits.

Writing a Will is easy right? Just leave everything to my kids and bury my body? Think again …

Do it yourself Will kits may make it seem easy but there are many pitfalls throughout the process of making a Will which could make yours invalid or mean that your testamentary ...

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Separation – What happens to the children?

One of the most important issues to resolve when you separate from a partner is how you will each share the care of the children. Many families require assistance to work out a fair and practical child care arrangement that is in the best interests and welfare of the children.

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