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  • Amending trust deeds – It’s trickier than it looks

    Since family trusts first became used in the 1970’s and 1980’s accountants and lawyers have historically made all sorts of amendments to trust deeds eg: expanding trustees powers to keep lending banks happy; changing trustees, appointors and guardians; or adding or excluding beneficiaries in reliance upon a clause in the trust deed saying “the trusts

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    Introduction of the Associations Incorporation Act 2015

    The Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (“the 2015 Act”) became law on 1 July 2016 and on that day the Associations Incorporation Act 1987 (“the 1987 Act”) was repealed.  The 2015 Act is far more comprehensive than the 1987 Act.  The 2015 Act must be complied with by all incorporated associations i.e. including those incorporated before

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    Ten things to consider when partners separate

    Do you have a friend or relative who has just separated?  If so, the information below should help. What is meant by separation? Separation in Family Law is defined as the bringing to an end of a marriage or de facto relationship (which also includes same sex couples). There is no need or ability to

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    Why you might want to consider a Testamentary Trust in your Estate Plan

    Testamentary trusts are very effective estate planning tools and are becoming increasingly popular as more people become aware of their advantages. A testamentary trust is any trust established under a will, but the term is usually used in the context of a discretionary trust established under a will. Why are they becoming more popular? The

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    Debt Recovery Basics for Business

    If you are owed money for goods or services, the first step in attempting to recover it is generally to send a letter of demand to the other party setting out the amount of money outstanding and giving them a defined period of time within which to settle the matter by paying you the money

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    Resolving Payment Disputes

    If you work in the Building and Construction industry as a contractor and are experiencing difficulties or anticipate that you may experience difficulties in receiving payments...

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