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Equitable lien equality

As noted in Representation of Rawlinson & Hunter SA re Z Trusts at decision of the Royal Court of Jersey at [2] a trustee’s equitable lien is a “device of equity granted to trustees by the Court to give them rights of indemnity and priority over the interest of beneficiaries.”  The Royal Court in this case then … Continue reading

Costs bite when trustees fight

Trustees fall out, sometimes to the point where a working relationship is no longer possible. Applications to remove trustees are becoming an increasingly common occurrence. So, should trustees fight attempts to remove them? When is it appropriate to do so, and when not? And what are the potential consequences of misjudged opposition? The recent decision … Continue reading

When is it ok to ask for directions?

Two recent decisions regarding directions in the context of charitable trusts provide some useful guidance regarding the parameters of s 66 of the Trustee Act 1956.  In line with the title to this blog – the conclusion reached is that it is permissible to ask for directions if lost, but not in circumstances where you … Continue reading

Constructive Trusts and other Trust Remedies

The development of the constructive trust in New Zealand and the parameters of remedial and institutional constructive trusts (and constructive trusts on express trusts) is an important aspect of trust law.   Vicki Ammundsen is presenting a practical remedy driven webinar on 14 September 2018 at 1.30am that considers constructive and other trusts in family, relationship and commercial contexts. … Continue reading

Is debt forgiveness on account of a loan to a charity a gift that allows a tax credit?

In Roberts v CIR the question for the court is whether the forgiveness of debt a monetary gift for the purposes of s LD 3(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act 2007? Background The Oasis Charitable Trust (the Trust), a registered charitable trust, was settled by Mrs Roberts and her late husband on 14 October 2007 to facilitate the … Continue reading

Supervision does indeed mean supervision

The inherent jurisdiction of the High Court includes the supervision of trusts. However, the temporal aspect of the jurisdiction and the ability for this to provide a longer-term administrative solution is a useful aspect of the jurisdiction. Such a case is Matheson v Clare Matheson Trust Limited, which concerned an application by a settlor and … Continue reading

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