A Testamentary Promise is a promise made by one person (“Person A”) to another (“Person B”) in that Person B will receive compensation for providing services to Person A. There are four requirements to prove a Testamentary Promise exists and the Court will consider a number of factors.
Recent cases have outlined important considerations regarding the requirements necessary to prove a Will to be invalid. There is some confusion around the grounds upon which a Will can be challenged, leading to unnecessary costs in questioning the validity of a Will.
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.
This article discusses the recent decision by the Independent Charities Registration Board (“the Board”) that Greenpeace does not qualify for charitable status provides further guidance for charities regarding political purposes, ancillary purposes, and illegal purposes.
Online wills or do it yourself will kits seem to be a popular new trend. Natalie discusses the recent case of Mills v Laboyrie  NZHC 1368 where the question before the High Court was whether or not a partially completed will from a will kit satisfied section 14 of the Wills Act 2007.