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Better to be Safe than Sorry? Pre-nups on the Rise

Most people agree that, where possible, it is better to be safe than sorry. But what about when it comes to signing a prenuptial agreement? A prenuptial (or Contracting Out) agreement decides how relationship property will be divided in the event of a separation or divorce.  It is not the most romantic idea, requiring couples to prepare for the worst before their life together has even begun.  However it seems millennials in the U.S would prefer to be safe than sorry.

Is the Kiwi Love Affair with Trusts Over?

We regularly get asked “Is it worth me having a Trust anymore?” As you would expect from a Lawyer, the answer is “Well, that depends”. There is no doubt that the baby boom generation have loved Trusts.  The love affair has changed the previous use of Trusts away from the intergenerational protection and transfer of assets, to one of the protection of assets for the individual.

Cross Leases Explained

Cross Lease titles originally arose as a device to get around Council rules that would allow more than one dwelling on a certain sized parcel of land but would not allow subdivision of that land. They created a de facto subdivision by making two or more people owners of the land and then granting a ‘cross lease’ between the owners in respect of the houses built on the land. Over the years some difficulties have arisen with these titles.

LIM - Land Information Memorandum - What & Why

If your Agreement is subject to you approving a LIM, the standard agreement provides that you have 5 working days from the date of the Agreement to order the LIM and 15 working days from the date of the Agreement to advise your approval, or otherwise, of the LIM. In Tauranga, it takes up to 10 working days to obtain a LIM from Council, so ordering the LIM is a priority once you have signed the Agreement.

Leaky Buildings - Red Flags

There are certain styles of construction and types of material that are susceptible to Leaky Building Syndrome.  The Consumer build website, which is a collaboration between the Department of Building & Housing and the Consumer Institute, has some useful tips about some of the red flags for leaky buildings when buying a house, at their website:

Earthquake Strengthening - Checking if this is an Issue

The Building Act 2004 requires Councils around the country to assess certain buildings, including certain multi residence buildings, for earthquake risk. Older buildings are likely to be a higher risk. A high risk assessment could mean that the building has to be strengthened within five years. This can be a significant cost to owners.