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7 Estate Administration Articles

A promise is a promise

There have been two recent notable High Court decisions regarding testamentary promises.

Basically, a testamentary promise is made when one person agrees with another that the one party will make provision for another in their will to reward them for services and work. If the promise is shown and the ...

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Thinking of buying rural property in New Zealand?

New Zealand is a great place to live and recent world events are making many overseas residents consider moving to “Godzone”. However, if you are not a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, you may require consent under the Overseas Investment Act (OIA) to purchase land.

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Informal Wills

Under the Wills Act the Court has the ability to declare a Will valid even if it doesn’t meet all of the usual requirements. This can make it easier for some cases where a formal Will hasn’t been completed however this should never be relied upon to carry ...

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What is the benefit in paying for a Will?

The effect of poor Will drafting can be devastating. There have been numerous court cases where Wills have been drafted that do not actually achieve the effect that they were intended to achieve. However, a well drafted Will is incredibly good value for the benefit they bring your loved ones.

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Relationship Property after Death

Part 8 of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 ("the Act‟) deals with the division of property where a marriage relationship or de facto relationship ends (after 1 February 2002) because one of the parties
has died.

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