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Expectation denied

Expectations, great or otherwise are tricky to enforce.  When a person who had expectations in respect of an estate is disappointed there are various options for challenge open to the disappointed party.  However, each has thresholds that need to be satisfied. Consider the case of Blumenthal v Stewart.  Mr Blumenthal was the son of Mr … Continue reading

$10,000 per year for contributions to trust

The decision in Judd v Hawkes Bay Trustee Company Limited (see Another tributary in the trickle of constructive trust cases) has been upheld on appeal. By way of background  Richard Hodgkinson and Michelle Judd were married for six and a half years. Over that period they lived in a property in Lane Road, Havelock North, … Continue reading

You can run, but you can’t hide

Relationships end.  Sometimes badly.  Few amongst us can remember what we saw in the other.  Usually we move on.  Bruises are dusted.  The property is divided up, each thinks the other got more than they should have.    Some of us are made of stronger stuff.  Relationship property assets under the control of a single party to the … Continue reading

What a wicked web we weave

when first we practice to deceive. The case of Marr v Parkin demonstrates the need sometimes to differentiate between transaction risk and expectation and the rights that might flow from the latter. The facts of the case are relatively straight-forward. Ms Marr’s home was subject to a mortgagee sale. She wished to retain the home … 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

Identifying a trust relationship can provide an out of time remedy

The dispute over Huka Lodge (see the Fight Over Huka Lodge) highlights an element of certain trust-based relationships  that can be overlooked.  This is the ability for subsequent trust-related disputes to survive time-barring due to the passage of time. Michael Kidd and Alexander van Heeren were former partners in a successful partnership that amassed significant wealth … Continue reading

Common intention constructive trust deconstructed

The common intention constructive trust is a rare beast.  Its remedial potential had a brief moment of sun until the Court of Appeal delivered its decision in Harvey v Beveridge. The facts of Harvey v Beveridge can be summarised as follows: Mr Beveridge was befriended by Dr Byrd who provided him with a home in a … Continue reading

Common intention constructive trust, or not …

The common intention constructive trust is the hot and hip new remedy in the arsenal of the savy trust lawyer.  So perhaps it is not surprising that when A lister Sally Ridge fell out with her equally sociable partner that such a claim might be made.  The genesis of the claim derived from some restructuring … 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