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Our new receptionist
17 November 2017
Norma-Jean McDowall is our new receptionist. Norma has worked in real estate for many years and has a lovely smile to greet visitors to our...
Selling a tenanted rental property?
9 November 2017
Adele Ransley has recently been working with several vendors selling tenanted properties. She writes about how to make the process of selling a tenanted property easier: Step 1 – preparing to sell Give your tenant/s notice that you are selling the property as soon as possible. If you have a property manager, advise them as...
Dani Maunder
14 November 2017
Dani Maunder is the superstar keeping our Tauranga office afloat! Dani is a litigation secretary and doubles as receptionist. She previously worked at the Tauranga Family Court so has great knowledge of the systems and...
Anti-Money Laundering & Countering Financing of Terrorism
8 November 2017
Phase 2 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 is upon us! Machaela Dennett gives a brief run down of this legislation:   What is it? The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (“AML/CFT”) came into effect in 2013. The Act placed obligations on certain financial...
Introducing Machaela Dennett
24 October 2017
Machaela grew up in Rotorua and studied at Waikato University.  She then headed off overseas so this is her first job in law.  Machaela works in both our Rotorua and Tauranga offices on our property team.  She is learning all aspects of property law including buying and selling property; refinancing; wills; powers of attorney;...
Welcome Ryan Kerr-Bell
11 October 2017
Ryan Kerr-Bell commenced working at The Law Shop in July 2017 on our family team. Ryan is of Ngati Awa and Irish decent. He grew up in Ngaruawahia and attended Waikato University. Ryan is passionate about providing excellent legal advice to his clients and particular enjoys helping with care of children, guardianship, domestic violence,...
The Prenup
10 October 2017
In a new relationship? Second time around? Remarrying after the death of a spouse? Children from a previous relationship?  You need to read this article.     The rise in everyday New Zealanders signing up to ring fence their hard-earned assets is not surprising with increasing numbers of people entering into second...
Michelle Moodie
9 October 2017
Have you met Michelle? Michelle Moodie joined our team earlier in 2017 as our receptionist. She has now moved to a legal secretary role helping the family law team, specifically Rachael Rotherham and Ryan Kerr-Bell.  Michelle has worked for several law firms over the years so has ample experience to bring to our...
Rachael is back
4 October 2017
Welcome back Rachael Rotherham! Rachael began working at The Law Shop in early 2016 and went on maternity leave in September. She enjoyed her time here so much she is back! An experienced family lawyer, Rachael has been assisting people resolve their family matters since 2006. After practising law in the Hawkes’ Bay, Wellington, and...
Parenting Orders
20 September 2017
What is a Parenting Order and how do I apply? After parents separate, one of the most important issues parents must arrange is the care arrangements for their children. Some Parents may agree to resolving the care arrangements between themselves. This is called a Parenting Agreement and although not legally enforceable, the Care of Children Act...
We're in Tauranga!
10 August 2017
In April 2017 we opened premises at 1262 Cameron Road, Greerton. Our new partner, Sarsha Tyrrell, is based in this office practising family law.  Partners, Paula Lines and Stephanie Northey as well as lawyers, Ryan Kerr-Bell and Machaela Dennett, are also there from time to time each...
So many new staff!
10 August 2017
Its been some time since we've posted updates so there are lots of new faces to introduce! Michelle Moodie came on board as our receptionist in Rotorua. Sarsha Tyrrell joined us as a partner in April 2017. Dani Maunder came with Sarsha as a legal secretary. In July, we added Ryan Kerr-Bell to the family team and Machaela Dennett to the...
A wonderful space to work
7 February 2017
We've been in our new building for over a year now but haven't shared how beautiful our space really is now.  The new building is bigger, has more natural light and has much needed air conditioning (although that is still a work in progress!).   We had the lovely Marlene Hudson of Marlene Hudson Design...
We've just joined Instagram
7 February 2017
Not too sure what we'll have to post but apparently its the way to connect with the "younger" generation!  Follow us to find out -...
Check out our Facebook page!
8 July 2015
We've had a Facebook page for awhile now but haven't used it.  We've finally taken action to get it active so check it out -...
HomeStart Grant
14 July 2015
The HomeStart Grant replaced the Kiwisaver First Home Buyers Deposit Subsidy.  And thank goodness we’re rid of that mouthful!  But its still not easy to understand whether you qualify so we’ve put together our own chart to help.  You want to tick the right hand column! Is this your first...
Changes to the Companies Act may mean changes to your directors
11 August 2015
On 1 May 2015 the Companies Act changed so that all NZ companies MUST have at least one “resident director”.  A resident director is one who lives in New Zealand or lives in Australia AND is also the director of an Australian incorporated company.  You also now need to provide the date and place of birth of all directors when...
Changes when buying and selling property
13 August 2015
If you buy or sell a property after 1 October 2015 we will need your IRD number to be able to complete the transaction.  Land Information New Zealand will not allow us to submit any transaction that does not have an IRD number so please ensure you have it handy.   Further, if you are not a NZ...
IRD numbers required to buy and sell property
22 September 2015
Its been in the news but its soon to become a reality. If you enter into a contract to buy or sell property on or after 1 October 2015, you will need to provide your IRD number to enable the title to transfer ownership.  If you signed the contract before 1 October 2015 but it settles AFTER 1 April 2016, you'll also need to provide your...

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