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vickiammundsen has written 560 posts for Matters of Trust

Directions under the Trusts Act

The decision in Re Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust may on first blush appear esoteric and outside the mainstream. However, the decision warrants careful reading as it is one of the few cases to date to consider default duties imposed by the Trusts Act 2019 in a practical construct. The case relates to a proposed restructure … Continue reading

What about the little people?

The Trusts Act 2019 came into full force and effect on 30 January 2021. A year later we have the benefit of court decisions regarding how the Trusts Act will be interpreted and followed in practice. Early decisions under the Trusts Act reflected, perhaps not surprisingly, applications for variation. Section 121 of the Trusts Act … Continue reading

Well intended

Grammarist states that “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” means that it is not enough to simply mean to do well, one must take action to do well. A good intention is meaningless unless it is followed by a good action.  It would be difficult to find a more comparable case as an example … Continue reading

Slow burn

The Estate of the Late J.D. Hanson also referred to as Cohen v Kerr relates to long-term asset and estate planning intended by the deceased to ensure that he died “neatly.” His commitment to this was such that a Neatly Board was established. However, as demonstrated in the Estate of the Late J.D. Hanson, the … Continue reading

Be careful what you wish for

Memoranda of wishes, also referred to as statements or letters of wishes, letters or memoranda of guidance and similar are a common feature of modern trusts. However, perhaps surprisingly there has been little guidance regarding the position of subsequent memoranda of wishes, specifically where subsequent wishes are inconsistent with earlier wishes do the most recent … Continue reading

Social vs commercial

The decision in Brkic v White considers whether Ms White has an interest in land that is “tantamount to ownership of the land”, such that the appellants can obtain a charging order that will enable the land to be sold to meet a debt owed by Ms White and her co-trustee of a separate trust. … Continue reading

Succession law reform

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission has published its final report in the Review of Succession Law project. The report, He arotake I te āheinga ki ngā rawa a te tangata ka mate ana | Review of succession law rights to a person’s property on deathon is available on the project page … Continue reading

No one likes me, I’m going down the garden to eat snails

Being a trustee is hard. Hallmark persistently fails to produce a Love your trustee card. There is no national, or international trustee day. It can be hard slog. And yet, when the beneficiaries say we don’t want you, we want someone else, trustees turn up all guns blazing overflowing with umbradge. The difficulty is knowing … Continue reading

The head is reinstated

Section 182 of the Family Proceedings Act 1980, provides that the court has the power to vary the terms of a nuptial settlement where the parties’ marriage or civil union comes to an end. The seminal cases on section 182 are Ward v Ward and Clayton v Clayton [Claymark Trust]. These cases have been clear … Continue reading

Breach of parental fiduciary duties

A v D and E is a ground breaking decision of Gwyn J holding that a parent can owe fiduciary obligations that survive into adulthood and that property transferred in breach of this duty will be required to be accounted for. The plaintiffs are the three surviving adult children of Mr Z (deceased). The three … Continue reading

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