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12 03, 2022

What happens to property when your spouse dies?

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So you’ve signed a contracting out agreement (“agreement”) (commonly referred to as a “prenup”). What happens if the worst occurs and your partner dies? While the contracting out agreement will still apply, it may be limited. That is, other sections of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (“the Act”) may override the agreement. Let’s take a [...]

27 01, 2022

New lending regulations

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You may have heard about the new lending criteria that banks are required to use, after the amendment of the Credit Contracts Consumer Finance Act (CCCFA) and the introduction of the Responsible Lending Code that came into effect on 1 December 2021. There have been numerous stories about people being turned down for home loans [...]

30 11, 2021

Visiting Regent Law under the traffic light system

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As you will be aware, we are all moving to a COVID-19 traffic light system this Friday, 3 December 2021. To ensure we can stay open as business and keep our team and community safe, anyone wishing to enter our office will be required to show their My Vaccine Pass. In addition to this, we [...]

26 10, 2021

Property Settlements During COVID-19 Lockdown

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You’ve decided to sell your property. It’s been listed for some time now, and you’ve finally found a buyer. All the conditions have been met and the agreement went unconditional last week. What could go wrong? It’s guaranteed to settle on time right? Wrong. With the emergence of COVID-19 and the corresponding restrictions on travel [...]

19 08, 2021

Hunters poaching on private land

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When hunting, you may find it is difficult to determine the boundary lines between public and private land, particularly as more and more rural land is becoming commercially and privately owned. You may have concerns about what will happen if you accidentally enter private land while hunting, or you may want to know whether you [...]

2 12, 2020

The Family Protection Act

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Having a “falling out” with a family member is not uncommon, but what are your obligations to your children, if the falling out is one that makes you consider removing them from your Will is justifiable? A recent client instructed us to prepare a new will which made no provision for her son, instead leaving [...]

8 10, 2020

Why you would need a Will now

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As time goes on and we go up in age, our mental capacity will eventually deteriorate. Although may take a longer time for some, it will happen to many people. It is an unfortunate, yet an unavoidable part of life. This is a big reason why it is important to be proactive, and take action [...]

8 10, 2020

Relationship Property Agreements

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A separation can be quite a stressful and taxing ordeal in itself. Having to include the Family Court in the mix will likely to make things much more complicated, and not to mention, expensive. Therefore, it is advised that parties should try their best to come to a private agreement amongst themselves. This saves a [...]

24 04, 2020

Essential conditions for purchasing a new home

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In a perfect world - you can expect that all aspects of the house you will be purchasing would be in tip-top condition by purely relying on what the vendor or agent tells you. Although this is an option on going about your purchase, it is definitely not the best one! It is important to [...]

24 04, 2020

Rent reduction on commercial leases during COVID-19 Alert Level 4 Lockdown

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With the totally new situation we have been thrown into due to COVID-19, many people are facing uncertainty about their rental obligations as landlord and tenant. Because lockdown has prevented tenants from accessing their business premises, landlords may be seeking cover from their insurer for their tenant’s rental costs, while tenants may be seeking reduced [...]

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