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Vacancy: Office Manager/ Trust Accountant

Brent Kelly Law is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic Office Manager / Trust Accountant to head up our administration team and oversee the running of our office. You will be a self-starter who is motivated and proactive. As an experienced legal professional, you will have great client relationship skills and ideally some management experience. This role requires excellent attention to detail and organisational skills. Reporting directly to the two partners within our firm, you will: ...

July 7, 2021

What are the bright-line and investment property tax policy changes?

Earlier in the year the Government announced new policy for residential property including extension of the bright-line test period from 5 to 10 years, and removal of tax deductions on investment property. In this blog we drill down into the key changes and what they might mean for you....

May 26, 2021

Property counteroffers – don’t get caught out

With a hot property market like New Zealand’s, it is common to see some back-and-forth negotiation on price, including making a counteroffer. In this blog we drill down into a recent High Court case, which saw a seller sign a counteroffer for $200,000 less than they were prepared to accept for their property, and which the Court ruled was legally binding....

May 26, 2021

A dream come true

When Courtney Kahura and husband Anthony bought their first home in Te Awamutu, they sought help from Brent Kelly Law Partner Alex McIvor to help them make their dream a reality. ...

May 26, 2021

Chasing that good feeling

New to the Brent Kelly Law Team, Senior Legal Executive Kathryn Horton started her career out as an Office Junior almost 25 years ago and worked her way up to her current role. We catch up with her on her background and how she came to work at Brent Kelly Law....

April 29, 2021

Welcoming Emma

Recent Brent Kelly Law recruit Emma Gedye has spent most of her life living and working in Te Awamutu. Joining our team as a Law Clerk, she’s full of energy and passion for the law. We catch up with her on her background, her current study to obtain her law degree and what makes her tick. Law Clerk Emma Gedye has spent most of her life as a local in Te Awamutu, after relocating here as a child from Cambridge when she was ten. “I did most of my schooling here in TA and have lived here most ...

April 13, 2021

Service Updates and Turn Around Times

Brent Kelly Law is currently operating under Covid-19 Alert Level 2, and offering a virtual service where possible via phone / internet. We are also currently extremely busy with large volumes of client matters to action, therefore client matters are being prioritised by level of urgency (for example property settlements are being prioritised ahead of every-day estate matters). Please be patient with us as we work through your queries as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understandi...

February 16, 2021

Subdivision Successes with Brent Kelly Law

Having raised their family, owned a plumbing business and a dairy farm in the Waikato, semi-retired local couple Murray and Annette Davidson are now becoming keen property developers. Working with Brent Kelly Law Partner Mark Davies and more recently Senior Legal Executive Pam Roberts, on a range of legal matters, the couple say they couldn’t be happier with the service they’ve received....

October 2, 2020

Alex Passionate about Property

Brent Kelly Law Director Alex McIvor is passionate about property, both as a Lawyer specialising in property law and as a property investor with his wife Jen when they’re not working at Brent Kelly Law. Growing up in Te Awamutu with a lawyer Dad, he was always drawn to a legal career. We catch up with him to talk about his background and his passion for property. ...

September 23, 2020

Are You Up to Speed with the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020?

Phase 1 changes related to the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020 came into force on 12 August 2020, affecting both tenants and landlords. In this article, we recap the key changes. If you’re renting as a tenant, be sure to understand what your rights and obligations are. On the flipside, if you’re a landlord, ensure you’re compliant and don’t get caught out. ...

September 17, 2020

Healthy Waterways – what does the policy mean for you?

The Government’s new Action for Healthy Waterways Package, announced 28 May, is aimed at introducing new policy in July 2020, to protect New Zealand’s waterways. Here we look at what it will mean for our dairy, sheep and beef and horticultural grower clients....

June 24, 2020

Feels Like Home

Relocating back to New Zealand, Cameron Gray and fiancé Emma were looking for a place to call home. They called on the help of Brent Kelly Law Director Alex McIvor, who helped navigate them through first home ownership, all during the Coronavirus lockdown.   After a three-year stint living in Amsterdam, engaged couple Cameron and Emma were ready to move home to New Zealand, and put down some roots with their first home.  “We looked at a lot of houses and went to maybe 12-15 ope...

June 15, 2020

Priya goes out of her way

It’s easy to see why Brent Kelly Law Associate Priya Takhar is popular with both her clients and team members. Well liked by everyone, she goes the extra mile to get the job done. In this profile we catch up with her on her recent promotion from Senior Solicitor to Associate, and how she got into law in the first place. A Te Awamutu local, Priya grew up on a Dairy Farm before leaving school to study nursing in Australia. After returning home to New Zealand, she enrolled at Waikato University, ...

May 28, 2020

Boardroom for hire

We have a boardroom space available for hire on a casual basis at our office, for $45 per hour (incl GST).  The address is 25 Market Street, Te Awamutu. Table seats 10WifiAir conditioningBathroom access Kitchenette facilities...

May 26, 2020

LVR changes - how will they affect me?

The New Zealand LVR (Loan Value Ratio) restrictions have recently been removed. In this blog post, we look at what the changes mean for you, whether you’re a first home buyer, existing homeowner or investment property buyer. What is LVR?  LVR (Loan Value Ratio) put restrictions on New Zealand banks for the amount of funds they were able to loan to ‘high-LVR’ borrowers purchasing their own home between 2013-2020. A small amount of funds was also available for ‘high-LVR’ investment ...

May 18, 2020

Coronavirus - Brent Kelly Law Policy - Updated 18 May 2020

At Brent Kelly Law, we have put a number of precautions in place to ensure both our staff and visitors' safety during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Under the Level 2 Alert Level, as of Monday 18 May 2020, we are communicating our updated policy for COVID19 and wish to inform everyone that: We are reducing face-to-face appointments where possible, and will discuss matters over the phone as much as possible Any visitors must make an appointment first - please email or call our office f...

March 19, 2020

Problem Solving Pam

Senior Legal Executive Pam Fitzgibbon loves a good puzzle. It’s why she gets such a kick out of solving problems for her clients, whether it’s for their properties, subdivisions, estates or whatever else they may need.  Originally from Nelson, Brent Kelly Law Senior Legal Executive Pam Fitzgibbon says she found her career unexpectedly.  “When I left school, I worked in a law firm for a couple of years before moving on to other things,” she says.  “Then after I had my dau...

February 20, 2020

Are we a Trustee of your Trust?

Is Brent Kelly Law a Trustee on your Trust? Some of our clients’ Trusts have a Brent Kelly Law team member listed as a Trustee. In light of these upcoming law changes, our policy on acting as a Trustee on client trusts is changing.  We are currently working through a process of reviewing our position as a Trustee on all client trusts.  If we are a Trustee of your Trust, please get in touch to speak with us about the changes that may need to be made to your Trust. Contact us toda...

February 19, 2020

Trust Law is Changing

Are you a trustee of a trust? Are we a Trustee of your Trust? From 30 January 2021, New Zealand trust law is changing. There are key duties all trustees must be aware of. There are also some changes to Brent Kelly Law’s policy on being trustees of our clients’ trusts. Here we give an overview of the key changes you need to know – make sure you’re ready. ...

February 19, 2020

Property Purchase a Breeze with Priya

When local couple Lisa and Freddie Fisher needed a lawyer for their new home purchase, Brent Kelly Law Senior Solicitor Priya Takhar made it a breeze. Husband and wife team Lisa and Freddie run Treelands, their family owned tree and garden management business, based in the Te Awamutu area.  Parents to two small children aged almost four and 18 months, in 2019 the couple were ready to look for their next family home.  Searching for a rural property with lots of space for the kids t...

February 18, 2020

Farm transactions with M-Bovis

M. bovis continues to be a real concern. If you are thinking of buying or selling rural land, it’s important that you consider adding into the sale and purchase agreement certain clauses that address M. bovis. There are a number of standard issues that should be addressed. For example, the parties will need to think carefully about what warranties should be included in the event that M. bovis is discovered on the land, as there is the possibility that livestock on the ...

December 9, 2019

Why do I need a Memorandum of Wishes?

A Memorandum of Wishes (sometimes referred to as a Letter of Wishes) is a document in which the people who create a trust set out how they want the trust to be run during their lifetimes, and also what they want to happen with the trust after they die.  Many people ask why they need a Memorandum of Wishes if they already have a Will in place. This is a good question. However, a Will generally deals with all your property in your personal name, whereas a Memorandum of Wishes deals with your ...

December 9, 2019

What happens when a trustee of a trust loses capacity?

The majority of New Zealand’s trust deeds require trustees to act unanimously when exercising their trustee discretions. There are good reasons for this; this, however, becomes impossible when one trustee has lost mental capacity and is not capable of being involved in decision-making. Trustee loses mental capacity Decisions cannot be made unanimously if one trustee is not capable of making a decision. In practice, this means that the trust is in limbo until the incapacitated person ...

December 9, 2019

What are the new Healthy Homes Standards?

The Government has announced new regulations for New Zealand’s rental housing stock, with the idea of improving the quality of these homes. Almost 600,000 households rent in New Zealand, so these new regulations will have a significant impact on both landlords and tenants alike.From 1 July 2021, private landlords must ensure that their rental properties comply with the standards within 90 days of any new tenancy.All rental properties in New Zealand must meet the new Healthy Homes Sta...

December 9, 2019

What are the new trust law changes?

The laws governing Trusts in New Zealand are undergoing significant changes. The Bill will have a major impact on the way Trusts operate and are managed in New Zealand. A real concern for people with Trusts is the obligations the Bill places on trustees to provide information about the Trust to the beneficiaries of the Trust.  The Bill creates a presumption that Trustees must notify every beneficiary of certain basic trust information, including the fact that:  they are a beneficiaryth...

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