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Dear customer,

CELEBRATING 25 YEARSHappy New Year! We hope you had a safe and happy festive season.

Last quarter we celebrated the success of West Auckland businesses at the Westpac Auckland West Business Awards – where Peter was a judge for the sixth year. We had a lot of fun at the Waitakere Festival, which Smith and Partners were once again proud to sponsor. We also announced the finalists for the Smith and Partners Law Scholarships and commemorated our official 25th anniversary and 40 years of Peter practising law.

As the 25th act of giving for our 25 for 25 project, just before Christmas we made a donation to the Rangatira (Children’s) ward at Waitakere Hospital.

In staff news we welcomed a new solicitor, Robert Akroyd to the team. He will be working closely with Carolyn Ranson on employment law, estates and elder law. Fiona Taylor was promoted to the position of Registered Legal Executive, where she continues her excellent work assisting clients with their residential conveyancing. Carmen Franich replaced Fiona as Wade & Eddie’s personal assistant and Kelly Rarere joined us to replace Victoria Zangel who has gone on maternity leave.

We're looking forward to catching up and assisting you in 2014 as we continue to help develop and grow West Auckland business and community.


Peter, Greg, Wade & Ruth
  WILLS AND TRUSTS LAW | Samantha Curtis
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Carolyn RansonWhether it is law changes that you may not be aware of or changes in your personal circumstances, regular reviews of your will are vital to make sure that your wishes are followed and to prevent your family from extra stress. Samantha Curtis outlines the questions you should ask yourself when deciding if you need to review your will. READ MORE »
PROPERTY LAW | Maria Hamber
How do you use Kiwisaver to purchase a house?
lesley thomsonThe new Loan to Value rules (LVR) are making it harder for first home buyers to enter the market. A KiwiSaver withdrawal can be a great help to get that elusive 20% deposit. Property solicitor, Maria Hamber explains who qualifies, what a KiwiSaver withdrawal can and can’t be used for and how someone would go about applying for a KiwiSaver withdrawal.


  FAMILY LAW | Ellen Harbridge
What happens when there is no power of attorney in place for an incapacitated person?
Ruth GregoryIf you have a loved one who has been declared mentally incapacitated but they don’t have enduring powers of attorney in place, what can you do? Ellen Harbidge describes how to be appointed as a property manager or welfare guardian under the Protection of Personal & Property Rights Act.

EMPLOYMENT LAW | Carolyn Ranson
Understanding the Holidays Act for employers
Carolyn RansonThe festive season brings unique challenges for employers – especially when it comes to understanding your employees’ entitlements. Carolyn Ranson covers how to deal with casual workers, business shutdowns, transferring the observance of public holidays and the new “Mondayisation” that comes into affect in 2014. READ MORE »

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