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I didn’t read it …

The background to Kusabs v Staite, which relates to the rectification of a lease, is complex and fact specific and highlights the need for parties to written documents to ensure an accurate record of the agreement that is being recorded. Relevant considerations from the Court of Appeal include: the standard of proof for rectification is … Continue reading

Inherent jurisdiction at work

Santeater Limited v Wakelin highlights issues that can arise with the use of corporate trustees when the persons with the power to appoint and remove trustees are not able to work together. In this case the are two corporate trustees appointed to the Black Dog Trust (the Trust), one appointed by each settlor.  One of the … Continue reading

To gift or not – what did I intend?

The decisions in Reid v Castleton-Reid and Tian v Zhang highlight the importance of recording not only transactions, but also the parties’ expectations.  Reid v Castleton-Reid relates to the correct characterisation of a $1.7m trading account.  Tian v Zhang relates to whether sums advanced represented a dowry or were held on resulting trust.  In both cases the judgment … Continue reading

Regular pattern not just a knitting matter

The rules that tax certain sales of land include exclusions relating to a person’s main home.   These exclusions are not meant to apply where the taxpayer has a “regular pattern” of buying and selling land used as a main home, residence or business premises. A tax policy consultation document, Habitual buying and selling of land, released … Continue reading

More Remorse

Triezenberg v Mason (NO 3, recalled and reissued on 6 September 2019) chronicles the cost of a battle for the control of two family trusts.  In earlier decisions (see Loss of Morale and Buyer’s Remorse) Mr Mason was removed as a trustee of two trusts settled by him and his wife, and then later was stripped of his Appointor … Continue reading

Proposed amendments to taxation provisions relating to trusts

The Taxation (KiwiSaver, Student Loans, and Remedial Matters) Bill (Bill) includes proposed amendments arising from the administrative review of the taxation of trusts. The proposed amendment relate to clarification as to what can comprise corpus and a range of amendments that clarify the nature of certain distributions and amendments that relate variously to complying,  non-complying and foreign trusts … Continue reading

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