Private Client

  • Wills and estate planning
  • Writing letters of wishes and guidance for trustees
  • Options for more complex family scenarios sometimes known as ‘blended’ families
  • Applications for Probate and Letters of Administration
  • Property Sharing Agreements
  • Relationship Property separation or ‘contracting out’ agreements
  • Independent advice on a Relationship Property agreements
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney advice and certification

Immigration

  • General immigration queries, which can be discussed at an Immigration Consultation one-on-one with an immigration specialist
  • Advice regarding eligibility to apply for residency as Skilled Migrants, Investors, Entrepreneurs, Parents, Retirees, Dependent Children and so on
  • Full service for all work, resident, permanent resident, and citizenship applications
  • Advice and preparation of appeals to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal
  • Advice and preparation of Section 61 applications when a person becomes unlawful in New Zealand
  • Preparation of reconsideration applications for a declined work visa onshore
  • Submissions relating to character and medical waiver applications
  • Submissions and advice when persons receive Potentially Prejudicial Information (PPI) letters from INZ
  • Requests for priority processing of applications and liaising with INZ Technical Advisors and Managers in special or complex circumstances

Trusts and Asset Protection

  • Trust formation and ongoing annual administration
  • Transferring property to a Trust
  • We can advise on your options for more complex family scenarios
  • Advice about making gifts to Trusts and what assets should be owned by the Trust, especially if asset protection is a priority
  • Tax registration for Trusts
  • Independent trustee company services
  • Referral to key trusted advisors such as accountants or financial advisors
  • Foreign Trusts
  • Australian Pty Companies purchasing property
  • British Virgin Island (BVI) Trust entities and the interplay with New Zealand structures

Business and Company Law

  • General commercial advice and company structuring
  • Corporate governance (director and shareholder advice)
  • Shareholder agreements and company constitutions
  • Intellectual property advice and trademark applications for registration
  • All sales and purchases of a business including assets or shareholdings
  • Preparation of commercial contracts and terms of trade
  • Liquor license applications
  • Company incorporations ensuring any overseas businesspersons comply with NZ resident director requirements
  • Assisting with shareholder and multi-party disputes
  • Leasing and rent reviews
  • Personal Property Security Act (PPSA) registrations and advice
  • Financing, credit and loan agreements
  • Advising and certifying personal guarantees
  • Franchising
  • Debt collection and recovery

Overseas Investment and International Clients

  • Preparing OIO applications for consent, including advice and assistance with investment business plans and financial projections
  • ‘Sensitive land’ advice and due diligence investigations
  • Potential immigration considerations
  • Advice regarding ‘benefit’ factors required for properties such as high country rural and lifestyle properties
  • Strategic advice about criteria for approval and options to achieve this
  • Referral to key advisers and parties required for the specific investment
  • Applications for exemptions
  • Ongoing compliance
  • Foreign Trusts
  • Australian Pty Companies purchasing property
  • British Virgin Island (BVI) Trust entities and the interplay with New Zealand structures

Property and Real Estate

  • Sale and purchase of residential and commercial real estate including unit titles, vacant sections, managed apartments, rural property, ‘house and land’ packages and sections/apartments ‘off the plans’ where title has yet to issue
  • Mortgage Refinancing
  • Due diligence investigations and explaining covenants, easements and other registered interests on the Certificate of Title
  • Advising on construction contracts and building guarantees
  • Commercial leasing for both Tenants and Landlords
  • Tax registration and legal advice related to GST treatment of property transactions
  • Subdivisions of land and Unit Title Developments
  • Property Management Agreements, Property Sharing Agreements, Water Supply Agreements, establishing Homeowner Associations
  • Hotel developments and tourism infrastructure