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Whether you're a first home buyer or not, when you buy a home you want comprehensive yet easily understandable advice about the agreement itself, title to what you are buying, different forms of legal ownership and dealing with any lenders. If you are a first home buyer then you might have lots of questions and we can answer them all quickly and in plain language !
It is your project and you should feel confident at all stages of the process, even if you are a first home buyer. Our clients value this - whether they are buying, selling, refinancing or re-structuring property ownership.
For a home or as an investment property do you:
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You may be able to add value to an existing property if you:
We will work with your surveyor, the council, any neighbours and your bank to help smooth this process for you.
Do you need independent legal advice ?
There are times when it is vital that you obtain legal advice about whether or not to sign a document for your own peace of mind. Often this is a legal or bank requirement.
We provide independent and unbiased advice if you are asked to sign any of these sorts of documents including:
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Do you need to make a relationship property agreement with your partner ?
You can sign an agreement to record what will stay separate property in the future. Separate property could be from a prior relationship, or even an inheritance which could get inadvertently intermingled. An agreement can also help to sucessfully settle property into a trust.
You can make an agreement whether you are defacto, married or civil union partners, no matter how long you have been together.
Relationship property agreements are also important following separation to record the separation and sign off division of property so that you can move forward. If you don't do this your former partner may later claim a share in your property.
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These have become very popular. For many people family trusts are an excellent way to try to protect assets.
Who can a Family Trust help to protect your assets from ?
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Powers of Attorney
How an Enduring Power of Attorney can help:
Sometimes a person becomes mentally incapable of managing their property and even themselves. This can happen at any stage of life and while it often affects the elderly, mental incapacity is sometimes the result of an accident or sudden illness. Sometimes the mental incapacity is temporary and but other times longlasting or permanent.
While you are well you can put in place a mechanism so that those you trust can manage your affairs while you cannot. You can put in place lots of checks and balances when you appoint an attorney and you can place conditions on the scope of the powers your attorney can have. This can be a safeguard not only for you but can lessen the burden on your attorney too.
For your property, you can restrict the power coming into effect only if you became mentally incapable. Alternately it can come into effect immediately is it made or on the happening of any event such as you being outside New Zealand. Then if you later become mentally incapacitated, the Power stays in place.
How a Power of Attorney can differ from an Enduring one:
You can appoint an Attorney to manage your personal property on any terms other than you becoming mentally incapable. This is particulary helpful for travel or if you are not ready to consider possible mental incapacity.
Companies can also appoint an Attorney. This can be vital for a business to carry on its major business activities if a director is overseas, becomes ill or is away from the business for other reasons. Remember, an attorney personally appointed by a director cannot act and is not the same as one appointed by the company.
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Do you need to make or update a will for when you die ?
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Official administration of an estate is usually required when property over a prescribed amount is involved. Curently that amount is $15,000.00. Dealing with the Land or shares of a deceased, Bank or insurance company all require Court approved authority where more than this sum is involved. We can prepare applications for Probate of a will or Letters of Administration where the decased did not have a will.
We can assist the adminstrators to administer the deceased's estate in terms of the will or the statotory formula where no will existed and deal with all property involved.
Sometime a new trustee can take over from an existing trustee and we can prepare all the necessary documents for this to happen.
If any of this sounds like you, then contact us today !