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5 hours ago - Christchurch
Trusts Act 2019 – Time to Act The Trusts Act 2019 comes into effect on 30th January 2021. The 18 month delay from when the Act was passed to allow time for settlors, trustees and advisors to familiarise themselves with the changes and requirements and review their trust is nearly up. If you have not already started your review then put it on your reading list for this summer. While there are many new provisions in the new Act, the main ones that will be of interest to trustees are the setting out of the mandatory and default duties of trustees, the core documents to be held by trustees and the information that is required to be provided to beneficiaries. Trustees are required to know the terms of the trust and act honestly and in good faith in accordance with the terms and to be actively involved with the management of the trust. While this was always expected, it was not set out in the legislation before and so possibly not well understood by people when they agreed to become a trustee on a trust. All trustees must hold copies of the core trust documents, the trust deed and any variations made to the trust deed, and at least one trustee must hold all the trust documents, including records of assets, minutes and financial records. For some existing trusts those documents might be missing, spread across several lawyers and accountants, or not exist at all. It is time to now locate and gather these deeds and records. The new Act includes a presumption that basic trust information (the fact that they are a beneficiary and who the trustees are) must be made available to every beneficiary. Beneficiaries are also to be made aware that they are able to request additional trust information. This may possibly pose the biggest challenge for many settlors and trustees. However this presumption as to the supply of information is qualified by certain considerations that trustees may take account of in deciding what, if any, information to provide. Many family trusts were set up with a wide class of beneficiaries including the nieces and nephews and partners of beneficiaries in addition to the settlors and their children and grandchildren. It may never have been intended that most of these beneficiaries would ever receive a benefit under the trust but they were included as possible recipients. If your trust deed allows a change to beneficiaries this should be included in your review now. At Harmans we have a team with specialist knowledge available to provide you with legal advice about your trust. You can contact Phillipa Shaw at Harmans on 03 352 2293 to arrange an appointment to discuss this.
9 hours ago - Wellington Area
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1 day ago
Melting moments are so versatile. They can be rolled into balls, piped through a piping bag, served plain or dipped in chocolate, or baked with jam as in jam drops. Chef Terence Austin has taken the Kiwi favourite and come up with a gluten-free version so everyone can enjoy them. Ingredients 200g soft butter or …
6 days ago
Retirement villages have expanded rapidly, now housing one in eight people aged 75 and over. Little is known though about residents, including their health status and needs. To remedy this, Dr Joanna Broad of the University of Auckland led a study of the residents of 33 villages in Auckland. The result is a rare snapshot …
Social and emotional well being Feeling lonely and/or not connected to other people (as distinct from living alone) can become problems, as we get older. This may be due to a number of factors e.g. loss of someone close, moving house, loss of mobility etc. You can have some control over some of your responses e.g. join clubs, maintain a wide circle of friends etc. Other factors however, are beyond...
Your local NASC/Care coordination services are able to give you this information. You can also visit the Ministry of Health website and obtain links to the different DHB web sites . Seniorline, a nationwide service, helps you navigate your way around services for older people. It operates Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. Call free on 0800 725 463 or visit ww.adhb.govt.nz/seniorline Care Publications (...