Follow this section with News and Insights as this is where we regularly post new updates and articles. It could be about changes to the law, advice on how to handle certain situations or give practical information that could be useful before you seek legal advice.

Protecting New Zealand from "dirty" money | by Paula Lines
Friday, 31 August 2018
Although it sounds somewhat terrifying, there’s a good reason for the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act that’s been in force in New Zealand since 2013. According to figures released by the Ministry of Justice, about $1.35 billion from the proceeds of fraud, illegal drugs and trafficking is laundered through everyday New Zealand businesses each year.
What to do if a Trust is no longer needed | by Paula Lines
Tuesday, 31 July 2018
Asset protection is one of the most common reasons to set up a trust, but at some stage, the trust may no longer be relevant. This could be due to changes in the law, or changes in your individual circumstances. Winding up a trust can be relatively straightforward, but it is most important that trustees get legal and accounting advice about distributing trust assets, to make sure that they don’t incur liabilities.
Managing your assets in a Trust | by Paula Lines
Saturday, 30 June 2018
Establishing a trust can be an effective way to protect your property and assets from business risk. In a nutshell, it means transferring legal ownership of your assets to trustees while you can continue to use and enjoy them for as long as the trustees permit.
Meet The Law Shop's Newest Family Lawyer | by Bravesight
Saturday, 30 June 2018
A bright young lawyer has joined the no-nonsense team of legal experts at The Law Shop in Tauranga. She thrives on making the daunting family justice system seem less scary and confusing for people and with a friendly yet professional approach, she’s an advocate for people throughout the often challenging and emotionally charged Family Court proceedings. We’ve asked Samantha Allen (26) a few questions.
Buying a Business? | by Paula Lines
Thursday, 31 May 2018
Buying an existing business instead of starting one from scratch can make good sense. You can skip the precarious start-up phase and hit the ground running. That’s exciting, but it comes with a whole lot of new responsibilities, new premises, new staff, new customers, perhaps a whole new industry.
Do This For Your Business If You Travel Overseas | by Anne Ludgate
Monday, 30 April 2018
If you have property in a trust, or if you own a company and you’re planning on leaving the country, don’t simply rely on your Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) for property. A company is a separate legal person, and even if control lies solely with you, signing a personal Power of Attorney does not give your attorney the right to sign for you in your capacity as a Director or Trustee. What you need, is a Deed of Delegation.
Meet the Lawyers who do things differently | by Bravesight
Saturday, 31 March 2018
It’s been a year since The Law Shop took over Stratagem Lawyers in Mount Maunganui and opened their Tauranga office in Greerton. It’s been a fantastic twelve months for The Law Shop’s Partners Paula Lines, Stephanie Northey, and Sarsha Tyrrell, as their business continues to thrive. They now have a team of 15, working in both Rotorua and Tauranga.