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Dear customer,

CELEBRATING 25 YEARSIt’s been another exciting quarter here at Smith and Partners with the launch of the 2013 round of the Smith and Partners Law Scholarships, and another great Future Leaders of West Auckland event.

In April, as part of our involvement with Business Mentors NZ, we hosted the West Auckland Business Mentors for morning tea. It was wonderful to meet the amazing people who volunteer their time to help assist West Aucklanders to grow and develop their businesses. You can learn more about having a mentor for your business, or becoming a mentor by emailing

As the year creeps on we’re getting closer to our impending birthday – Smith and Partners will be 25 years old in October! Peter began Smith and Partners in 1988 with 10 staff. Today we’ve grown to a team of over 30.

To commemorate our birthday Smith and Partners is celebrating 25 ways we’re giving back to West Auckland business and community – you can check out 25 for 25 at There are a couple of projects still in the pipeline that we’re hoping to launch in the upcoming quarter – stay tuned!

We hope you all stay safe and warm this winter.


Peter, Greg, Wade & Ruth
  PROPERTY LAW | Samantha Curtis
What Do You Need to Know About Being a Guarantor for a Loan?
Samantha CurtisAs house prices continue to rise, more parents find themselves being asked to guarantee their children’s mortgage in order for them to purchase property. Samantha Curtis outlines what you need to be aware of – the risks involved and how to limit your liability in her latest article ‘What Do You Need to Know About Being a Guarantor for a Loan?’. READ MORE »

What Happens if There is No Will?
Dealing with an Intestate Deceased Estate

Mimi LewellWhen someone dies without a will it is a lot more complicated to administer their estate. Mimi Lewell describes the process when someone dies without a will, including who will administer the estate and how the estate will be divided in her latest article  ‘What Happens If There is No Will? Dealing with an Intestate Deceased Estate’. READ MORE »

ELDER LAW | Peter Smith
Qualifying For A Residential Care Subsidy – Understanding The Exemptions For The Asset Threshold
Peter SmithIf you or a loved one needs to move into rest home care qualifying for the residential care subsidy from WINZ can be complicated. If you are close to falling below the asset thresholds, you should be aware that there are a few exemptions that may allow you to qualify for the subsidy. Peter Smith explains these exemptions in ‘Qualifying For A Residential Care Subsidy – Understanding The Exemptions For The Asset Threshold’. READ MORE »

  FAMILY LAW | Ruth Gregory & Ellen Harbidge
What is Surrogacy? Understanding The Process and Law in New Zealand
Ruth GregorySurrogacy is a relatively new technology, and a new area of law. There are strict legal guidelines regarding surrogacy but no warranties as to the results. Ruth Gregory and Ellen Harbidge outline some of the requirements for New Zealand surrogacy arrangements, the issues and risks involved, and how to ensure all factors have been considered in ‘What is Surrogacy? Understanding the Process and Law in New Zealand’ READ MORE »

EMPLOYMENT LAW | Carolyn Ranson
Raising A Personal Grievance – Your Rights As An Employee
Carolyn RansonIf you feel you’ve been wrongfully treated by your employer, understanding whether you have the right to make a personal grievance claim, and how to go about submitting one can be a daunting prospect. Carolyn Ranson explains what to do if you believe you’ve been unjustifiably dismissed or treated unfairly in ‘Raising A Personal Grievance – Your Rights As An Employee’. READ MORE »
BUSINESS LAW | Lesley Thomson
Changes to Commercial Lease Documentation - What You Need to Know
lesley thomsonAll landlords should know that the most commonly used Deed of Lease (the Auckland District Law Society version) has been updated with significant changes. Lesley Thomson outlines the changes on how they will affect you in ‘Changes to Commercial Lease Documentation - What You Need to Know’.

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