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Harmans Lawyers

Harmans Lawyers
At Harmans we have experience in dealing with trust law and estate planning and can help you to ensure your Trust operates as it should Give Phillipa Shaw a call on 03 352 2293 to arrange an appointment to discuss your situation.

Senior Law

The number of people aged over 65 years is predicted to grow to over one million and to make up more than 20% of the population by 2020. New Zealand’s aging population has resulted in new and complex legal issues. Longer lifespans, blended families, sunset relationships and a variety of …

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Funeral Trusts

People may know that they are entitled to have funds set aside for a pre-paid funeral. What many people may not be aware of are the different options that exist and the amount that each person is allowed to set aside for their funeral which will not be included in …

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Retirement Villages

Security, freedom from home maintenance worries, support, companionship and on-site healthcare are just some of the reasons why you might be contemplating the move to a Retirement Village.  But, the implications of buying in a Retirement Village are varied and often seem quite complex.  It’s not the same as buying …

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Residential Care Loans

While the Crown’s Residential Care Loan scheme is not available to many people it is something to be aware of as an alternative if you are not eligible for a Residential Care Subsidy and meet the scheme’s criteria. If you are living at home and assessed as requiring long term …

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To Will or not to Will?

Many people put off making a Will – but if you die without a properly made Will, you are said to have died intestate. In this situation your estate will be settled according to the provisions of the Administration Act. The Act divides your estate in set proportions amongst your …

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Capacity

As lawyers, we are required to meet with our clients and take their instructions in order to help them complete the particular legal task(s) they are planning.  Sometimes when we do this, we need to take a little extra time to consider our client’s legal or mental capacity to make …

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Incapacity & the Elderly Trustee

As a nation, our population is aging.  Alongside this is an increase in the number of people who can no longer continue to manage their own affairs due to mental incapacity. Where the incapacitated person is the Trustee of a family or discretionary trust that can make the administration of …

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