The Importance of Wills

Jun 28, 2017
There have been a number of stories bought to light recently which have highlighted the importance of having a will, as well as the need to ensure that it provides adequate protection for your family. New Zealanders don’t like talking or thinking about death and therefore we don’t like taking the step and getting a will drawn up. However, the possible repercussions can be much more damaging than people realise. 3rd Degree There were two situations highlighted recently on current affairs show 3rd Degree that showed the dangers of not having a proper will. The first concerned a father who…

Family Trusts – Why Do I Need One?

Jun 22, 2017
Have you ever wondered if a Family Trust is something that you really need? Would you like to know more about Family Trusts and how they can benefit you? Then why not take up my offer of a Free 30 minute consultation to answer your Family Trust queries. Like Wills and Enduring Powers Of Attorney, Family Trusts are something that most people need to have. The question is "Why do I need one?" Take a look below at some of the benefits of having a Family Trust and why you might need one: To provide some inheritance protection for your…

Free Wills – Still Available!

Jun 17, 2017
Studies estimate that up to 40 % of New Zealanders do not have a Will! Whitmarsh Law has been offering free wills since the firm’s inception and a simple three page Will Drafting Form can be downloaded from the Whitmarsh Law website: www.wlaw.co.nz You can also call or e-mail me to receive a copy of the Will Drafting Form. Please feel free to forward the form onto any friends, relatives, or colleagues who may be interested. There are no strings attached, and there are no hidden costs associated with getting a free will – free means free!

Free Wills

Jun 15, 2017
Whitmarsh Law has been offering free wills since its inception, and the Will Drafting Form can be downloaded from the Whitmarsh Law website: www.wlaw.co.nz You can also email me to receive a copy of the Will Drafting Form. Again, please feel free to forward the form onto any friends, relatives, or colleagues that may be interested in receiving this service. There are no strings attached and there are no hidden costs associated with getting a free will. If you have any queries in this regard please do not hesitate to contact me.

Whitmarsh Law – 2 Years Old!

Jun 10, 2017
My how time flies! It was February 2011 that Whitmarsh Law first opened for business and 2 years later the firm has continued to grow since its inception. I get asked a lot about what areas of the law I practice in.There are many areas of law that you can specialise in but as a general practitioner in a small firm my main areas of expertise are Property Law (dealing with people buying, selling and refinancing property); Family Trusts, Wills, Estates, Relationship Property, Commercial Law and some Family Law. Whilst this list is not exhaustive as I do dabble in…

Refinancing Your Property

May 22, 2017
One area of my law practice that I have noticed has been growing in the last 6 months or so, has been the area of refinancing. The banks are very competitive at the moment and are offering various incentives to entice new customers to refinance their properties from one bank to another. Not only are the banks contributing legal fees to their customers, but they are also offering such incentives as: new i-pads, televisions, $1000 or more cash back, cheap insurance, and cheap credit cards. Aside from the obvious benefits of receiving gifts or cash on settlement, interest rates are…

Family Trusts

May 14, 2017
I often get asked about Family Trusts and whether or not they are a good way to protect your assets. My answer is always “YES!” The benefits of Family Trusts are wide and varying but the main ones are: Asset protection from creditors; Asset protection from potential relationship property claims; Asset protection from personal or business debts; Preventing claims against your Estate; Inheritance protection for your children and grandchildren. Owing assets in a Family Trust that you still control, allows you to have the peace of mind that if things go wrong the most important assets to you (usually your…