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vickiammundsen has written 339 posts for Matters of Trust

The curious story of the Angora cat

Para 438 in the decision of MezhProm Bank v Pugachev refers to a phenomenon in patent law known as the Angora cat problem first identified by Professor Franzosi, an eminent academic expert in the field: “Professor Mario Franzosi likens a patentee to an Angora cat. When validity is challenged, the patentee says his patent is … Continue reading

Family dispute ends in a subpoena too far

Some disputes have the plots of a war movie. Everything starts fine until the hostilities begin and everything gets messy. Sometimes this just leads to someone carrying out an attack that doesn’t make sense… The defendants in the case of Triezenberg and Dodd v Mason, Alexander and Wendy Mason, were married in 1959 and had three … Continue reading

Disclosure to the trustees

Disclosure of trust information to beneficiaries is commonly considered.  However, what of disclosure to the trustees? Consider the case of Daniel v Cundall.  In this case Mr Daniel and Mr Cundall were the trustees of a trust.  Mr Daniel, a lawyer, says that he left the day-to-day trust administration to Mr Cundall. After a long period of … Continue reading

The future of trust administration

The roles of trustees and trust administrators can be a rewarding but difficult role.  With the prospect of a Trusts Act in the foreseeable future (see Trusts Bill released 1 august 2017) trustees and trust administrators need to be match fit.  Increased reporting obligations under CRS, AML/CFT and FATCA are another matter for consideration. For … Continue reading

Disclosure request declined – 24 years a leap too far for a beneficiary who had already received 25%

As noted by Woolford J in para [1] Addleman v Lambie Trustee Limited relates to “an unfortunate dispute between sisters as to what level of disclosure is appropriate for the affairs of the Lambie Trust (the Trust)…” Prudence and Annette are sisters.  In1972 Annette broke her spinal cord diving into a tidal pool in Sydney … Continue reading

Trustees who meddle are not always meddlers

What costs can trustees be indemnified for if their term as trustee has expired without the trustee realising?  If future appointments and other actions of the trust have been done invalidly and require the assistance of the court to validate, can the trustees be indemnified for their reasonable costs from the trust fund? Apparently yes. Background The … Continue reading

Trustees’ dilemma – how old is old enough to know?

The moral dimension of trusteeship arises in many contexts. The recent New Zealand court decisions concerning information obligations to beneficiaries, and the way this is dealt with in the new Trusts Bill, highlight the difficulty of judging what information is too much or too little to disclose. However, general principles on disclosure bypass the consideration … Continue reading

Family relationship minefield

In Sandman v Giboney, Mr Sandman claims that a law firm knowingly assisted a breach of trust by taking will instructions and assisting in the preparation and subsequent administration of a will when the will-maker did not have sufficient capacity to make a will. The matter came before the court in an application for strike … Continue reading

Protecting misdirected trust assets

Dr Love, was the Executive Chairman and a trustee of the Wellington Tenths Trust (the Trust). The Trust manages assets for the Maori people of the Wellington and Taranaki regions. The trustees of the Trust developed a “partnership” business model whereby the Trust  retained ownership of Trust land,  but that development was carried out by third party property developers.  … Continue reading

Trusts Bill released 1 August 2017

The Trusts Bill was introduced to Parliament on 1 August 2017.  The Bill follows the same format as the earlier draft but differs in a number of parts. The Trusts Bill comprises 168 sections and 5 schedules. The policy objectives of the Bill  include the objective of providing “clear, simple, and accessible trust law”.  The … Continue reading