Dean passed away aged 83 and having lived at a rest home for the past 12 years. When he died, Dean’s estate consisted of one asset (a $500,000 debt owed to him by a trust) and a debt of $50,000 owed to the rest home. Dean’s daughter, Mel, was the sole trustee of the trust. She was also the executor and sole beneficiary of his will. Dean’s will required all… Continue reading
In a recent report an Auckland school has paid $9,000 to the parents of a girl bullied at the school. The school has also admitted that the school failed the child.
The payout follows a 3½ year battle which included the parents taking a claim to the Human Rights Commission.
The bullying allegedly included the girl (then aged 8) being punched, poked, kicked and threatened with an axe… Continue reading
Partner Alan Knowsley was recently interviewed by TV1 News on the legal action that might be able to be taken following the recently reported apparent discovery of a cover up by the company that produced Thalidomide. Alan commented on the effects of the drug on the victims and the potential for an action seeking more compensation. If there is a fraud covering up a defendant’s knowledge of the wrong doing… Continue reading
The purpose of the Construction Contracts Act is to provide a simple process for how and when payments are due for construction work. By following the simple processes outlined in the Act you will avoid timely and costly disputes and maintain crucial cashflow.
Construction work is wide ranging and covers most work that might be carried out in building, altering or maintaining a house. This includes most work carried… Continue reading