Katherine’s Blog

Life Can Change in a Moment – by Katherine Wilmott

On 2 November 2021, my life changed in a moment.  I was hit by a car while I was walking across the road.  Broken right ankle, broken right arm requiring surgery for pins and screws to put it back together, four days in hospital.  I couldn’t walk.  The injuries to my arm meant I couldn’t even sign my name.   I had to learn to use a mouse with my left hand.  It all happened so suddenly, I left my office at lunchtime to do some banking, and didn’t make it back. Read more

Tēnā koutou katoa, Haeri mai 2021 / Greetings to one and all, Welcome 2021

Tēnā koutou katoa, Haeri mai 2021  

Greetings to one and all, Welcome 2021

What a challenging year 2020 was, and what a relief to be in 2021.  From the stunned news that “we are going into lockdown” to “the team of five million”, how privileged are we to be in Aotearoa New Zealand.  We have all taken away some negatives and some positives from 2020. Read more

The New Trusts Act – Protecting your Assets

The New Trusts Act comes into force on 31 January 2021.

Tēnā koutou / Greetings to All

Firstly, why do we have Trusts?

A Trust is a good vessel for protecting your assets for your children.  You can favour one Beneficiary over another which gives you greater flexibility than your Will.  Your spouse and/or children can make a claim against your estate if you have not provided for them in your Will.  It is more difficult to challenge the distribution of a discretionary Trust.

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The Coroners Court

One of the hardest things we may deal with is the sudden unexplained death of someone close to us.  It can be complicated further when the matter is referred to the Coroner.  This happens if the death is unexpected or suspicious, and the doctor or Police may contact the Coroner.

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