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Vacancy: Legal Executive or Property Lawyer

We are looking for an enthusiastic legal executive or property lawyer to join our supportive and cooperative team and provide quality legal services. Our team needs a keen, proactive legal executive or property lawyer who has great client relationship skills, with at least 4 years experience and experience in trusts is a bonus. As a member of our team, you must Build great working relationshipsExperience in Conveyancing, Subdivisions and Estates Provide clear legal advice on complex i...

October 14, 2020

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 Roberts 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 Roberts 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 daughter,...

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...

December 7, 2019

Individual Tax Residency Self Certification Form

Under New Zealand law, Financial Institutions must collect a self-certification from you about your tax residency status, including before they can open an account for you or in other situations. The Financial Institution may provide your information (even if you refuse to give information or a declaration) to Inland Revenue, who may share that information with overseas tax authorities under international agreements. If you’re an individual (including sole trader) or the Controlling Perso...

December 2, 2019

Brent Kelly Law Limited Terms of Engagement

These are our general terms and engagement of instructing us to act as your lawyer. Information about our fees, payment terms, confidentiality, information security and more.  ...

December 2, 2019

House Moving Checklist

Are you moving house? Follow this checklist to make your move stress-free and to keep everyone informed of your address change. ...

December 2, 2019

Entity Tax Residency Self Certification Form

Under New Zealand law, Financial Institutions must collect a self-certification from your entity about its Tax Residency status (and sometimes your entity’s Controlling Persons), including before opening an account or in other situations. The Financial Institution may provide your entity’s and Controlling Persons’ information (even if you refuse to give information or a declaration) to Inland Revenue, who may share that information with overseas tax authorities under interna...

December 2, 2019

Health and Safety Law Changes

Remember that thing we used to have before health and safety came along? It used to be called natural selection! All joking aside however, health and safety is an important issue for many industries and has recently been in the spotlight. This is due to the health and safety regime that came into place in April 2016.Changes include:Every person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) has a duty to do what they can within his/her influence and control to ensure the health and safety of staff ...

December 2, 2019

Brightline test

A “brightline test” and the “two year rule” are two terms relating to the tax changes by the government in respect to residential property. So what do they mean and what affect will they have on buyers and sellers of residential property? The changes came into place on 1 October 2015 and affect all residential property sales/purchases going forward. In a nutshell, prior to 1 October 2015, the position was that tax was only payable on profits on the sale of a residential pr...

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