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Dear customer,

Sam playing for the Auckland HeartsThe end of summer saw the Smith and Partners team involved in a lot of fun West Auckland community activities. We cheered loudly in support of Waitakere Primary’s entry in the Rotary Soapbox Derby and for Waitakere United at their final game in the ASB Premiership. The team also enjoyed a great day at the annual Rotary Golf Day fundraiser at Huapai Golf Club.

In other exciting news, Samantha Curtis was selected to play for the White Ferns women’s cricket team. After her February debut against the West Indies women’s team here, she represented New Zealand at the World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh.

Back at the office, we are delighted that Linda Muller has returned as a solicitor, after working part time supporting our litigation team while on maternity leave. We also welcome Jessica Edwards to the team as Office Assistant.

Congratulations to Partner Ruth Gregory who is leaving the firm to work as a Family Law Barrister. While we’ll be sad to see Ruth leave, we wish her all the best ‘at the Bar’.

We’ve had great feedback from clients about the article on the importance of updating your will. We hope you find the information in this newsletter just as useful.


Peter, Greg & Wade
  BUSINESS LAW | Samantha Curtis
Negotiating your lease as a tenant
Carolyn RansonLeasing premises is often one of the largest expenses for your business, and often involves a lot of personal risk, so it is important that you not only understand the lease agreement but also where and how you can negotiate the best deal. Experienced commercial property lawyer, Samantha Curtis explains the points to think about when negotiating your lease as a tenant. READ MORE »
LITAGATION | Ellen Harbridge
Making a claim at the Disputes Tribunal – how a lawyer can help
Ruth GregoryClaims at the Disputes Tribunal can be worth up to $20,000, so it’s important that you’re adequately prepared. Whether you’re making a claim, or defending one, a carefully crafted legal argument could be the difference between winning and loosing. Solicitor, Ellen Harbidge explains how the Disputes Tribunal works and how a lawyer could help you.

TRUST LAW | Dale Rasmussen
Understanding your responsibilities as a trustee
Carolyn RansonTrust law is constantly evolving; the release of the New Zealand Law Society’s review of New Zealand trust law includes many recommendations. If you are the trustee of a discretionary family trust, it is important you understand how these recommendations may affect the running of the trust you act for. Dale Rasmussen outlines the changes and what it means for trustees. READ MORE »

  ELDER LAW | Carolyn Ranson
The baby boomer’s guide to downsizing your home
Carolyn RansonThe decision to move out of the family home is never an easy one. It is important that you understand all your options before making a decision on what move is right for you. Carolyn Ranson outlines the advantages and disadvantages.

PROPERTY LAW | Maria Hamber
5 simple points to check for in any building contract
lesley thomsonBuilding a new home is exciting, but the dream can turn into a nightmare if you don’t have a solid building contract in place. Property solicitor, Maria Hamber investigates some of the questions you should ask before signing any building contract. READ MORE »
ESTATES | Mimi Lewell
Selling residential property from a deceased estate
Ruth GregoryThere are several stages that need to be completed before property belonging to a deceased estate can be sold or transferred. Estate administrator, Mimi Lewell outlines the process and what to consider. READ MORE »
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