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Publications

Testamentary promises

By Hayley Roberts - January 2019

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.

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Invalidity of Wills

By Melissa Gibson - December 2018

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.

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Greenpeace: Charitable status decision

By Melissa Gibson - December 2018

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.

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Will Kits: DIY gone wrong?

By Natalie Whitelock - November 2018

Online wills or do it yourself will kits seem to be a popular new trend. Natalie discusses the recent case of Mills v Laboyrie [2018] 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.

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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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