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Elder Law, Wills & Estates

5 Dec 2017

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 to pay for their residential care fees.

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2 Jun 2017

Enduring Powers of Attorney - Recent Changes

Amendments to the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988 introduced plain language forms of Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA) and standard explanation documents...
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6 Mar 2017

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

The role of an executor is to administer the deceased’s estate in accordance with the deceased’s Will. Normally you must first obtain Probate...

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15 Mar 2016

Considering moving to a retirement village?

A retirement village offers a good balance between living independently and having access to support if necessary.

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30 Sep 2012

Enduring Powers of Attorney - General information

An Enduring Power of Attorney allows for one person (‘the donor’) to authorise another person (‘the attorney’) to act on their behalf... 
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1 Sep 2011

Weddings and Wills

Even if you have a Will, unless it was made “in contemplation of marriage” to your current spouse, a new marriage will automatically invalidate all Wills that were made prior to the date of the marriage.

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13 Apr 2011

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

...But, if there isn’t a Will, there isn’t a way to ensure your property is disposed of in accordance with your wishes when you die.

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7 Dec 2010

Wills and property ownership

If property is owned as joint tenants then it does not become part of the estate and transfers by survivorship to the surviving joint tenant regardless of the contents of the will...

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30 Aug 2010

The Importance of a current Will

If you're separated from your partner, and haven't updated your Will (or don't have one) - you might want to heed this warning...
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