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vickiammundsen has written 383 posts for Matters of Trust

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

Beneficiaries rule

In Heylen v Keene  all actual and potential beneficiaries signed an “amended direction” directing the executors of the estate of Paul Heylen to distribute the estate, not in accordance with his will, but as directed by the beneficiaries (in accordance with the rule in Saunders v Vautier. Although the parameters of rule in  Saunders v Vautier … Continue reading

David and Goliath?

Pertinent facts: On first blush Biggs v Biggs has the appearance of a David and Goliath style contest.   Nation J refers at [10] to the 2300 pages of documents that have had to be considered and at [11] notes that when claims are pursued “in a particular way, there can be scant recognition of the … Continue reading

Testamentary promise

Blended families can be complicated.  Sarah Ross’s father, Phillip New, left his entire estate to his partner of 40 years Maureen Dwight.  Sarah did not challenge her father’s will on the basis that his partner Maureen promised that provision would be made for Sarah by Maureen in Maureen’s will.  A will was prepared to this effect. … Continue reading

My house? Your house?

Much is said of late about the “bank of Mum and Dad” in the context of parents helping children into their first home.  However, with the passage of time positions can change as to whether sums advanced were loans or gifts and how much has been re-paid.  When Mum or Dad is elderly questions can … Continue reading

Trustee shareholders

It is important when dealing with trustee owned shares to appreciate how these might be treated for tax purposes.  The following question from the CCH/TEO Q & A Service considers how and in specie distribution of share should be treated in the context of a distribution and a resettlement. Company shareholder continuity QUESTION: Trust B … Continue reading

Rectification of mistake

The Matter of the Representation of Virtue Trustees (Switzerland) AG and Anor re The C Trust (the Trust) heard in the Royal Court of Jersey relates to a trust where a beneficiary named in the deed was also appointed a protector (by a hand amendment when the deed was executed) where the terms of the deed … Continue reading