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What to consider in the reboot of the RMA
Proposals for significant change to the Resource Management Act (RMA) have been hotly debated since they were released earlier this year. The Minister for the Environment has now released a response to the consultation and set out the reforms that will become a Resource Management Reform Bill. We consider some of the significant areas of change proposed.
How sellable is my business?
It is best business practice to always have your business 'buyer ready'. You cannot predict when a buyer will emerge for your business, or when you may be forced to exit your business (because of ill health, for example), so we look at the factors that have a significant influence on the 'sell-ability' of your business and the price you'll receive.
Gypsy Day prosecutions
Gypsy Day 2011 in Southland saw the beginning of local government prosecutions dealing in 'effluent' or 'animal waste'. Gypsy Day is an extremely busy time of year for farmers and solicitors with a rural practice, with large numbers of stock being moved between farms at this time. We examine these very controversial prosecutions that soured relations between Environment Southland and local stakeholders in the industry.
Getting your employment contracts right from the start
An Individual Employment Agreement (IEA) that reflects the actual nature of the employment relationship and the employer's business encourages productive employees (as they are clear about their role and requirements) and saves complications and costs further down the track if the relationship is tested. We explain how to get it right from day one.
Lease rights of renewal
A right of renewal is usually exercised by notice in writing to the landlord within a time frame set out in the renewal clause. It seems straightforward enough, yet it is often misunderstood by tenants and landlords alike, and can easily become a contentious issue. In this article we bring some clarity to the process, looking at the legal rights of both parties.
Should we help the kids buy a house?
The recent regulation of loan-to-value ratio (LVR) requiring at least a 20% deposit for home buyers has seen many young adults turning to their parents for a handout. But should you sacrifice your own standard of living now or in the future simply to provide immediate help to a child to purchase a first home? We look at some of the issues that need to be considered.
Do I still need my trust?
Time has moved on, laws have changed and so too have your personal circumstances. So are the reasons you set up a trust still relevant or is it simply an expensive and cumbersome albatross around your neck? We look at some of the reasons why your trust may now be irrelevant, potential advantages of keeping it, what's involved in winding it up, and the importance of seeking expert legal advice.