Powers of attorney

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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

Undocumented loans 

The informality associated with loans between family members can lead to later disputes when different interpretations of the transaction emerge. Warin v Warin is a case in point. In that case $367,903.90 was advanced to the Warins’ daughter. The loan comprised: $100,000 that was initially secured by mortgage in 1997 $141,749.70 that was loaned to … Continue reading

Powers of attorney can bite

The facts of FAI Money Limited v Crawley, which traverses, amongst other things, whether a trustee can be liable for a debt incurred under a power of attorney, are set out in the High Court decision discussed in 1 of 2 Trustees Personally Liable. By way of brief recap: Edward Johnston’s brother Richard Johnston who is an accountant, … Continue reading