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The worst financial rip offs and what you can do to avoid them

We all know that sinking feeling of knowing you’ve been ripped off. Unfortunately, in the financial world there are quite a few offerings, products, services, and outright rip offs that you should be aware of. Awareness can help you avoid that sinking feeling. While many of these financial offerings are …

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CEA’s Top Tips for Summer: Heading away?

Are you heading away for the Christmas and New Year’s break? Follow these simple tips below to help make your holiday time as stress free as possible: If you’re heading away for more than three days, turn off your hot water cylinder. It will save you some money on your …

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Ways to avoid an investment scam

Avoiding investment scams is becoming even more important, as recent Australian data shows investment scams have now overtaken romance and dating scams as the most lucrative method of fraud. Historically, investment scams have been common both overseas and in New Zealand. In fact, the 10-year anniversary of when the world’s …

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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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CEA’s Top Tips for Christmas: Lights and Decorations.

When it comes to adorning the house for Christmas, lights and decorations can be an important part of it! Consider giving Mother Earth a present for Christmas this year, and choose more sustainable, energy-efficient options. Here is some top tips to help you have a greener Christmas: Lights: Make sure …

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Can you trust a retirement calculator?

Retirement calculators seem to be popping up everywhere, and people are betting their financial future on them every day. Unfortunately, the calculators are often giving fictitious outputs based on assumptions that have little to no chance of being accurate. Here are six reasons you can’t trust retirement calculators, and what …

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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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