Law Awareness brochures

The New Zealand Law Society produces information pamphlets to inform you of your legal rights, the law and how lawyers can help you.

Buying or Selling a Property

Whether you are buying or selling for the first time or not, you can avoid a lot of potential stress, cost and frustration by following the simple steps in this guide.

Buying or selling property
  • The process
  • Your lawyer's role
  • Checks — what needs to be done and who will do it
  • Loans
  • Buying a property — ownership and other issues
  • A property checklist
  • How much can you afford to pay for a home?
  • Other sale and purchase costs
  • Frequently asked questions and commonly used terms
  • What else your lawyer can do for you

The Family Trust

Trusts are becoming an increasingly popular way of protecting property and managing assets.

The Family Trust
  • Why have a family trust?
  • Who is involved?
  • How long does a trust last?
  • Who can appoint and remove trustees?
  • How does a trust operate?
  • Getting assets into a trust
  • Repeal of gift duty
  • Getting money out of the trust
  • What about tax?
  • Trust structures

Going Into Business

If you are starting up a new business or buying an existing business, you may need a lawyer as much as any time in your life.

Going Into Business
  • Sale and purchase agreement
  • Why use a lawyer?
  • Prudence
  • Licenses and approvals
  • Buying a business
  • Running a business
  • The structure of your business
  • Will the business be a good investment?
  • Health and safety requirements
  • Selling your business or going out of business

Making a Will and Estate Administration

This guide tells you about making a will and how your estate is administered.

Making a Will
  • What is a will?
  • Who can make a will?
  • When should I make a will?
  • Why should I see a lawyer?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What should my will include?
  • Can a will prevent legal problems after my death?
  • What if I die without a will?
  • Guardianship of children
  • Estate administration

Over the Fence

Ideally, you and your neighbour will be able to resolve any problem by discussing it together. Your lawyer can advise you about your rights.

Over the Fence
  • Boundaries and encroachments
  • Fences
  • Nuisance and trespass
  • Animals
  • Noise, vibration and smell
  • Use of land and buildings
  • Excavations, trees and structures
  • Easements and rights of way
  • Legal remedies against neighbours
  • How to prevent neighbourhood disputes

Powers of Attorney

Who can make decisions about your welfare, bank accounts or property if you are unable to.

Powers of Attorney
  • What is a general power of attorney?
  • What is an enduring power of attorney?
  • A personal care and welfare enduring power of attorney
  • Who should set enduring power of attorney — and when?
  • Who should you appoint?
  • How do you arrange an enduring power of attorney?
  • Who checks on the attorneys?
  • What if a person is already mentally incapable?
  • What happens on death?
  • Living wills and advance directives
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