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What to know when building a house with a building company

September 13th, 2019 Gibson Sheat

What to know when building a house with a building company

Building a house can be a stressful, expensive and intimidating prospect for both new and experienced customers.  As such, ensuring you are aware of...
 
Overview of the new gun law changes

September 2nd, 2019 Gibson Sheat

Overview of the new gun law changes

Following the Christchurch Terror Attack of 15 March 2019, changes to the gun laws in New Zealand have been made...
 
Sole Trader and Limited Liability Company - liability compared

September 2nd, 2019 Gibson Sheat

Sole Trader and Limited Liability Company - liability compared

A sole trader is a common ownership structure that can be used to operate a small business.  The difference between a sole trader and a limited liability company is that the latter acts as a entirely separate entity...
 
Importance of insurance when buying a home

September 2nd, 2019 Gibson Sheat

Importance of insurance when buying a home

Insurance is absolutely crucial, and when borrowing from lenders to complete a house purchase, it is compulsory.
 
How many directors need to sign?

September 2nd, 2019 Gibson Sheat

How many directors need to sign?

Signing documents that bind a company to obligations and potential liability is a key aspect of being a director of a company...
 
Farm Debt Mediation

Farm Debt Mediation

New Zealand does not have a legislated farm debt mediation programme (FDM). However, there is a Farm Debt Mediation Bill in front of parliament. This article will outline why we need FDM and how the American, Australian, and Canadian experiences can inform our Bill.
 
The challenge of Farm Succession - revisited

August 1st, 2019 Brett Gould

The challenge of Farm Succession - revisited

Back in 2015 I wrote about the challenges of farm succession - it seems nothing is changing, apart from farmers aging...
 
Covert recordings by employees

July 31st, 2019 Mike Gould

Covert recordings by employees

In this age of smartphones, practically everyone has a recording device in their pocket. As an employer, have you ever wondered where you stand with regard to a recording made by an employee without your knowledge?

Topics: Employment
 
Business Sale & Purchase and vulnerable employees

July 29th, 2019 Alexandra Morrissey

Business Sale & Purchase and vulnerable employees

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Who are vulnerable employees? And what extra protection do they have under the Employment Relations Act 2000?
 
Bill Sheat honoured in 2019 Gold Awards

July 29th, 2019 Gibson Sheat

Bill Sheat honoured in 2019 Gold Awards

Former Gibson Sheat partner Bill was received a Wellington Icon Award at the 2019 Wellington Gold Awards on 25 July.
 
Topics: News
 
Rental property standards

May 28th, 2019 Gibson Sheat

Rental property standards

The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (“the Act”) requires landlords to provide and maintain rental properties in a reasonable state of repair for their tenants. When deciding what is a ‘reasonable state of repair’ one must ...
 
The importance of Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

May 28th, 2019 Gibson Sheat

The importance of Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Having enduring powers of attorney (EPAs) and a will in place is important for every adult whatever their age.
 
An overview of mortgagee sales

May 27th, 2019 Gibson Sheat

An overview of mortgagee sales

If you buy a property at a mortgagee sale, be aware that you are entering a contract that is quite different in its nature to an agreement entered into in other circumstances.
 
When can you access your KiwiSaver?

May 27th, 2019 Gibson Sheat

When can you access your KiwiSaver?

KiwiSaver was initially created to help people save for their retirement, so the obvious answer for when you can access your KiwiSaver funds, is at age 65. But under the correct circumstances, funds can be accessed earlier.
 
What is the purpose of a LIM report?

May 27th, 2019 Gibson Sheat

What is the purpose of a LIM report?

A LIM report provides all the documents that a council has on records for a property. Each LIM report contains different information, as some properties may be new builds, while others are just sections or older homes etc.