The Panama Papers – Guilty until proven innocent?

The leak of 11.5 million documents (the “Panama Papers”) from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca has cast a foreboding shadow over New Zealand’s reputation. New Zealand is reportedly mentioned in 60,000 of the documents, and many commentators are labelling New Zealand a “tax haven” as a result. But should we be instantly wary of foreign trusts? New Zealand trusts – a Kiwi institution […]

Legal Challenges to a Will

There are three main routes by which the Will left by a deceased person may be challenged. Property (Relationships) Act Part 8 of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 provides a choice to a surviving partner where a marriage or de facto relationship ends because one of the partners dies. The surviving partner may choose either to apply for the division of relationship property (essentially […]