When a person dies without a Will, administration of the estate is more complicated than if the person had left one. Dying without a Will is called “dying intestate”. Due to the complex nature of dealing with an intestate estate, additional information is required throughout the process, which can cause significant delays in administering the estate. In many cases this will delay the distribution of the estate.
In May 2014, an Act was introduced that governs the preservation of our cultural and heritage sites. This Act has changed the way heritage sites are recorded, managed and protected in New Zealand. It is important for property owners to be aware of the rules around modifying heritage sites and what to do if a new heritage site is discovered.
Tidal Energy Limited v Bank of Scotland  EWCA CIV 1107 is a recent decision of the English Court of Appeal which considered the role of banking practice when payments are executed through the CHAPS system. This article assesses the Court of Appeal’s decision, and provides a warning for lawyers and clients alike.
Can I make a claim? Can I stop someone else from making a claim against me? The answer could be to do with limitation. However, figuring out which limitation period applies to a particular matter is not necessarily straightforward. This article sheds some light on the limitation periods that apply to contract claims and negligence claims, including claims around defective building work.