The decision to move to residential care can be difficult and stressful. It is often brought about by factors outside of anyone’s control. As well as this, the prospect of expensive care fees can be daunting...
Children and finances appear to be the top two challenges that may keep an older couple from a long term relationship.
When a person needs rest home or hospital care, and their assets are taken into consideration to determine whether they are eligible for a Residential Care Subsidy (RCS).
A Power of Attorney, Enduring Powers of Attorney and a Will are always important documents to have in place, but at times like this they take on a renewed significance.
December 13th, 2018
A will is a legal document that records how you want your property and care for your dependants managed after you die. It is arguably the most important document you will ever sign.
Our Elder law team members enjoyed a great day at the ‘Ageing Concerns Everyone’ Expo in Masterton on 24 September.
August 1st, 2018
Donna Watt and Michelle Williams from our Masterton office have been involved with Age Concern Wairarapa's recent Forums for Seniors
March 6th, 2018
This article explain what it means to be named an executor in a person's will, and what responsibilities you take on as executor...
January 1st, 2018
The High Court case of Rauch & Ors v Maguire & Anor  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.
December 5th, 2017
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.
October 1st, 2017
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.
September 20th, 2017
The Retirement Village Roadshow was held in Masterton on 20 September, organised by The Commission for Financial Capability.
September 11th, 2017
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!
February 1st, 2017
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.
January 1st, 2017
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.