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Between a rock and a hard place

Mr Pratley was a Court appointed executor and trustee of two estates.  At the time of his appointment a 2-day hearing had already been set down to determine a claim against the prior executor and trustee.  The time-line is as follows: Mr Pratley’s appointment as executor and trustee – 20 October 2015 21 October 2015 Mr … Continue reading

Equitable lien equality

As noted in Representation of Rawlinson & Hunter SA re Z Trusts at decision of the Royal Court of Jersey at [2] a trustee’s equitable lien is a “device of equity granted to trustees by the Court to give them rights of indemnity and priority over the interest of beneficiaries.”  The Royal Court in this case then … Continue reading

Costs bite when trustees fight

Trustees fall out, sometimes to the point where a working relationship is no longer possible. Applications to remove trustees are becoming an increasingly common occurrence. So, should trustees fight attempts to remove them? When is it appropriate to do so, and when not? And what are the potential consequences of misjudged opposition? The recent decision … Continue reading

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

Hastings-Bass revisited

The “Rule” in Hastings-Bass (more properly the rule in Mettoy) invites a court to “wave the judicial magic wand” and void decisions made by trustees, together with the attendant consequences,  when trustees have made decisions with consequences from which they now with to resile.    The logic of “the “Rule” was to protect beneficiaries.  However, where … Continue reading

Generosity can have its limits

A grandfather, Mr Greenwood, told his grandson that he could buy his house for $300,000 after his death. He expressed this wish to others, including his daughter (mother of the grandson) who was one of the executors of his estate, although it was not in his 2005 will. This occurred in Christchurch before the Earthquakes … Continue reading

Not very hidden

New Zealand may seem a long way away from the rest of the world.  However, as demonstrated in Trident Trust Company (NZ) Ltd v Bozo, not so far away as might be thought.  The case involves a New Zealand trustee of a trust settled by a non-resident settlor for the benefit of himself his wife and … Continue reading

Rival contenders as trustee

Trainer v Leake involves a contest between “rival contenders as trustees of a religious trust.” Background The Hawkes Bay Revival Centre is a church founded in 1986. It is run under the auspices of the Hawkes Bay Revival Centre Trust, a trust established by Trust Deed to hold real and persona; property “for the benefit … Continue reading

It’s not a beauty parade

Trusts are commonly used for secession planning  providing, at least conceptually, for long-term asset ownership that will not be disrupted by death.  That’s the theory anyway.  However, the passage of time and the appointment and removal of trustees can mean that once harmonious relationships and arrangements are no longer so. The decision in Guest v … Continue reading

Removal of trustees

As noted in Van Boxel v Van Boxel at [4] “The application arises in what are familiar circumstances to this Court. The Trust owns a number of properties of which all three trustees are registered proprietors. Although Mr van Boxel holds enduring powers of attorney from his wife it is a matter of record that … Continue reading

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