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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

September 2018

“Kia Kaha te Reo Māori” – that is this years theme for Māori language week (10–16 September 2018), a kaupapa McCaw Lewis is proud to support.

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How the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 law affects our clients

August 2018

New Zealand has passed a law called the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009. The purpose of the law reflects New Zealand's commitment to the international initiative to counter the impact that criminal activity has on people and economies within the global community. From 1 July 2018 lawyers must comply with the recent changes to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 whereby law firms are required to undertake certain background checks before providing services to their clients.

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Power of Attorney vs Enduring Power of Attorney

By Hayley Roberts - July 2018

Commonly mistaken as an Enduring Power of Attorney, a Power of Attorney is a document that gives another person, an Attorney, the authority to act on your behalf in certain circumstances. Generally, a Power of Attorney will only apply while someone is out of the country or physically incapacitated. Enduring Powers of Attorney give an Attorney the authority to manage your property, and personal care and welfare matters, but is not revoked if you lose your mental capacity.

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Bright Line Test increases to five years - What you need to know

By Aliesha Lehmann - May 2018

The Bright Line Test has recently been extended to five years. If you purchased a residential property on or after 29 March 2018 and it is sold within five years, you may be taxed on any profits made on the sale.

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Erceg v Erceg [2017] NZSC 28 - Trustees' disclosure requirements to beneficiaries

By Hayley Roberts - April 2018

The current Trustee Act 1956 is silent as to whether beneficiaries are entitled to disclosure of particular trust information and documents. When the law is not clear, the Courts determine what would have been intended by Parliament when passing that particular law. This is exactly what has happened in the recent Supreme Court case Erceg v Erceg [2017] NZSC 28.

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