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Two trustees go down to the woods … one is discharged, one is not

The use of corporate trustees is a common response to trustee liability.  However, where one of two natural person trustees retires and a corporate trustee is appointed, it is important to consider whether the retiring trustee has been discharged.  See ss 43, 45 and 46 of the Trustee Act 1956, which provide: Relevant Legislation 43 Power … Continue reading

A sorry tale …

As noted in the judgment McLaren v McLaren at [1]  this case relates to “… a sorry tale of what can occur when a family adopts an inappropriate form of trust deed without adequate advice or sufficient understanding of the legal effect of its terms. In this case, a son who was given a power … Continue reading

Another tributary in the trickle of constructive trust cases

The decision in Judd v Hawkes Bay Trustee Company Limited represents another tributary in the trickle of constructive trust cases.  The facts are relatively straight-forward – trust settled after the end of the settlor’s marriage owns the family home, third wife (Ms Judd) aware of this, Ms Judd makes some direct and indirect contributions (40% was claimed, ultimate result equates … Continue reading

Do it right or don’t bother?

Trusts are a bit like plants – tend them and nourish them and you can reap the rewards for years.  Leave them alone and even if once well tended to, the plant can bolt or fail.  The story that became  Murrell v Hamilton provides a sad example of what can happen when trustees fail to collectively … Continue reading

Rosebud 2 – the edifice collapses further

If it were a movie the title might be: “Rosebud 2 – the edifice collapses further. The case of Rosebud Corporate Trustee Limited v Bublitz focused on whether the trust for which Rosebud Corporate Trustee Limited (Rosebud) acted was a sham.  As a result of the court finding the trust to be a sham an agreement that Rosebud Trust purported to … Continue reading

Trust Fundamentals Webinar

Trusts are the best long-term intergenerational form of asset protection.  However, as litigation involving trusts increases, questions are reasonably asked regarding the “safety” of trusts.  If you are looing for answers or guidance Vicki Ammundsen is presenting a webinar on February 19th discussing the fundamentals of trusts.  Topics covered by the webinar include: Requirements of a valid trust Differentiation between … Continue reading

Know thy beast

A constructive trust claim provides instructive reading into recognising what it is that you are after before you begin.  It begins, as is so often the case with trust cases, with a failed relationship.  There was a home owned and constructed by a trust that was settled well before the relationship began.  After the relationship ended … Continue reading