Whitmarsh Law is Hiring!

Aug 05, 2018
If you want to join our growing team then now is your opportunity. We are looking for an experienced property conveyancing and general practice solicitor to join our busy, innovative firm. Whether you're relocating or looking for a new opportunity, this could be the role that enables you to develop your career. We are looking for a lawyer with at least 2 years' experience in property conveyancing and general practice law. Experience in commercial law, relationship property and estate administration would be an advantage. You'll have excellent communication, written and analytical skills, and will be self-managing and efficient with a…

New Anti-Money Laundering Legislation

Aug 05, 2018
From 1 July 2018 the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 extended its application to now include law firms. As a result we are now subject to a comprehensive compliance regime which includes an obligation to obtain, verify and maintain information, including identification, in respect of new and existing clients. As part of that process we are required to carry out what is known as Customer Due Diligence. To do that we will need to obtain from prospective clients their full names, date of birth and address. To verify this information we will be required to sight…

The Bright Line Test To Be Extended To Five Years

Feb 26, 2018
The Government introduced a Supplementary Order Paper to a Bill already in Parliament for the extension of the two year Bright-line test to five years. The two year Bright-line test was brought in for Sale and Purchase Agreements entered into on or after 1 October 2015 and taxes capital gains on the sale of residential property where the property is sold within two years from the purchase date and is not used as the main home or is an Estate sale. The law is being changed by increasing the time frame from two to five years, and the new rule…

Whitmarsh Law – 7 Years Old!

Feb 04, 2018
They say that time flies when you are having fun! Sometimes I find it hard to believe that it was February 2011 that Whitmarsh Law first opened for business and seven years later the firm has continued to grow and grow. Originally just me, a dream, and a four year lease, the firm now has four full-time and two part-time staff and we recently have taken additional space in the next door office so that we can continue to grow in our current location. The additional space will include a new kitchen, a second meeting room, additional office space and…

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!

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…