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Ageing Concerns Everyone expo in Masterton

September 25th, 2018 Michelle Williams

Ageing Concerns Everyone expo in Masterton

Our Elder law team members enjoyed a great day at the ‘Ageing Concerns Everyone’ Expo in Masterton on 24 September.
 
Community presentations with Age Concern Wairarapa

August 1st, 2018 Gibson Sheat

Community presentations with Age Concern Wairarapa

Donna Watt and Michelle Williams from our Masterton office have been involved with Age Concern Wairarapa's recent Forums for Seniors
 
I've been named an Executor of a Will, what do I do now?

March 6th, 2018 Gibson Sheat

I've been named an Executor of a Will, what do I do now?

This article explain what it means to be named an executor in a person's will, and what responsibilities you take on as executor...
 
The Importance of a current Will

January 1st, 2018 Gibson Sheat

The Importance of a current Will

The High Court case of Rauch & Ors v Maguire & Anor [2010] 2 NZLR 845 highlights two interesting distinctions. Firstly, the distinction between ownership of property as 'joint tenants' and ownership as 'tenants in common'. Secondly, the distinction between the duties of disclosure owed to beneficiaries by 'Executors' and by 'Trustees' of a deceased person's estate.
 
Residential Care Subsidy and Asset Thresholds: What you need to know.

December 5th, 2017 Gibson Sheat

Residential Care Subsidy and Asset Thresholds: What you need to know.

The population of New Zealanders aged 65 and over is projected to increase from 15% last year to over 25% by 2068. The Residential Care Subsidy (“Subsidy”) is government-funding to assist those living in a rest home or hospital-level care pay for their residential care fees. This article aims to assist people who wish to understand how their asset planning may affect their eligibility for the Subsidy.
 
Wills and property ownership

October 1st, 2017 Gibson Sheat

Wills and property ownership

The way in which a property is owned - as 'joint tenants' or as 'tenants in common' can have a significant impact on the value of an estate. It is vital this is taken into consideration in estate planning.
 
 
Retirement Villages Roadshow

September 20th, 2017 Gibson Sheat

Retirement Villages Roadshow

The Retirement Village Roadshow was held in Masterton on 20 September, organised by The Commission for Financial Capability.
 
Where there's a Will, there's a way

September 11th, 2017 Gibson Sheat

Where there's a Will, there's a way

If there's no Will, it is possible for the ex-spouse of a deceased person to apply to be Administrator of their estate and even to receive the entire estate if the marriage was never dissolved. Don't let this happen to you or a loved one!
 
Enduring Powers of Attorney - General information

February 1st, 2017 Gibson Sheat

Enduring Powers of Attorney - General information

An Enduring Power of Attorney (‘EPA’) is a legal arrangement which allows for one person to authorise another person to act on their behalf. Depending on the donor’s wishes, an EPA can either grant the attorney wide general rights, or rights limited by conditions and restrictions imposed by the donor.
 
Weddings and Wills

January 1st, 2017 Gibson Sheat

Weddings and Wills

Death and Wills! These are generally not topics typically associated with each other. However, when planning a wedding, it is wise to consider documents such as Wills and Contracting Out Agreements (commonly known as “pre-Nups”) as marriage imposes significant obligations in relation to property division and the allocation of assets.
 
Considering moving to a retirement village?

March 15th, 2016 Gibson Sheat

Considering moving to a retirement village?

Many people who are nearing, or who have reached retirement, make a lifestyle choice to live in a retirement village. A retirement village offers a good balance between living independently and having access to support if necessary.