Whitmarsh Law is still open!

Mar 25, 2020
Whitmarsh Law is still open! Despite being classified as a non-essential business we are now working from home and can handle all of your legal needs during the lockdown period. You can contact us in the usual ways, either through our direct-dial phone numbers or on email. Please do not visit our office as the building is in lockdown and cannot be accessed. We understand that people will have legal matters that will need to be addressed now and we will endeavour to provide our legal services in the usual manner as best we can. Please stay safe and support…

Welcome to 2020!

Feb 17, 2020
Hello and welcome to a New Year from the team at Whitmarsh Law. Last week we celebrated our nine-year anniversary and I must say that time has certainly flown by since we first opened our doors way back in February 2011. The firm has continued to grow throughout that time and we now have close to 5000 clients as well as four full-time staff and two part-time staff. I personally want to thank all clients, referrers, and supporters for helping us grow into the firm we are today as we continue to offer sensible, practical, and affordable legal services to…

Enduring Powers of Attorney and Xmas Opening Hours

Dec 01, 2019
Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) What is an EPA? Having an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) means you can have peace of mind that you have decided, ahead of time, who you trust to make decisions for you if you are unable to make those decisions for yourself. There are two different kinds of EPAs, these being: ·         Property – covers your money and assets and can come into effect before you lose mental capacity. You may have more than one attorney for this EPA. ·         Personal care and welfare – covers your health, accommodation and associated care decisions, and…

First Home Buyers Seminar

Nov 10, 2019
Free First Home Buyers Seminar Wednesday 20 November 2019 6:00pm Come and hear from the Whitmarsh Law team as we talk you through a step by step guide from putting in an offer on a property to receiving the keys on settlement day. The seminar will cover: The Agreement for Sale and Purchase;Kiwisaver withdrawal process;Kainga Ora (formerly Housing NZ) First Home Grant process;Q&A Session after the seminar to answer your queries. Drinks and nibbles provided When: Wednesday 20 November 2019 6:00pm – 7:00pm Where: Whitmarsh Law, Level 3, 65 Waterloo Road, Lower Hutt RSVP: Places are strictly limited so please…

Why make a Will?

Nov 03, 2019
Whitmarsh Law has been offering free wills since we opened in 2011. Most people should have a will, those who don’t most likely haven’t got around to making one or have not thought about it and why they need one. That is why Whitmarsh Law have made the process of making a will as simple as possible for you. We have a four page Will Drafting Form found in the downloads page on our website or we have hard copies available in our office. Once the Will Drafting Form is filled out and returned to us, one of our lawyers…

Rates Apportionments When Buying a Property

Oct 01, 2019
What are rates apportionments anyway? In most residential conveyancing (the buying and selling of homes), the vendor (the seller) will ensure the rates are paid up to the settlement day (the day you move in). This means that when you move into your new property, there are no rates in arrears that the vendor should have been responsible for. However, rates aren’t paid day by day. They are usually paid in instalments spread throughout the year. This is where the need for rates apportionments comes in. In the following examples we will use a four-instalment rating year with a standard…

Check out our new First Home Buyers Guide!

Sep 30, 2019
Please download the guide from the downloads page and feel free to share with your friends and family. The guide contains some really helpful information to assist you on your first home buying journey. As always, we are happy to field your queries regarding the process as we appreciate that there are a lot of aspects that need to come together to make the buying process as seamless as possible.

Government’s announcement of changes to home ownership products

Sep 05, 2019
Yesterday, the Housing Minister announced a number of changes to the government’s programme to assist New Zealanders into home ownership. In case you missed the announcement, the changes are: 1. KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant will become "First Home Grant"2. The minimum deposit requirement for the First Home Grant will reduce to 5% for both new and existing homes (currently the minimum deposit is 10%)3. The First Home Grant can be paid to all buyers, who are eligible for the grant, where there are three or more buyers, by removing the current cap of $10,000 for existing houses or $20,000 for new…

What to look for in a LIM Report

Sep 04, 2019
One of the most common questions our clients ask us during the conditional phase of a contract is for our opinion on their Land Information Memorandum (“LIM”) Report. While this is understandable, we have not visited the property we so cannot verify any the information it contains. Therefore we’ve put together a checklist of things to look for in your LIM report to help you make the best, most informed decision on this very common condition. But before we go into that, here is a quick refresher on what a LIM report actually is. What is a LIM report? A…

Whitmarsh Law Continues to Grow

Jul 31, 2019
As some of you may be aware Whitmarsh Law has grown over recent months with the expansion into the next door tenancy and the addition of three new staff members. New Staff Chris O'Brien and Jordan Watts have both joined the team as staff solicitors in recent months and have hit the ground running handling a wide variety of conveyancing, wills, and enduring powers of attorney matters. Ally Lindsay has joined the team as Receptionist / Office Administrator and will most likely be the first voice you hear or the face you see when calling into or phoning the business.…