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Trustees’ dilemma – how old is old enough to know?

The moral dimension of trusteeship arises in many contexts. The recent New Zealand court decisions concerning information obligations to beneficiaries, and the way this is dealt with in the new Trusts Bill, highlight the difficulty of judging what information is too much or too little to disclose. However, general principles on disclosure bypass the consideration … Continue reading

Jurisdiction failure

Estates can take time to administer and distribute.  Beneficiaries can tire of waiting.  Or they might require funds to sue the executors or other stuff.  The remedies available to beneficiaries depend on part as to whether the estate has transitioned from the administration phase.  See transition from executor to trustee.  This was of relevance in … Continue reading

Taxation of Trusts ed 3

  The taxation of trusts is a dynamic and ever-changing landscape. The third edition of Taxation of Trusts published this week (September 2016) has been up-dated to incorporate recent case law developments and legislative amendments.  The text also considers the application of FATCA to trusts and proposed new reforms to the disclosure rules and closely … Continue reading

Good old fashioned law

Family trusts can generally run for up to 80 years.  That puts quite an onus on the settlor to get it right.  It also means that where beneficiaries are defined by reference to children and grandchildren there can be a significant number of  beneficiaries over time. Jones & Ors as Trustees v Collings & Ors there … Continue reading

When the trust outlasts the love

Trusts are settled with the best of intentions – and given that a discretionary family trust can last for up to 80  years – long term intentions.  However, when the settlors fall out, those intentions can fall victim to the relationship fall out. So what are the trustees to do?  There may be trust property … Continue reading

Staying at the table

In the Matter of Te Kohanga Reo National Trust considers the powers available to the High Court when one trustee is concerned to prevent his removal as a trustee; and to ensure proper participation in trust matters while still a trustee. In considering an application for an injunction to address these matters (the background being … Continue reading

Amending charitable trusts to include powers of variation

There are a large number of charitable trusts in New Zealand.  The reason for this is not well understood: see How Charitable is New Zealand for some insight. One of the issues that arises, perhaps more in New Zealand than elsewhere, due to the number of charitable trusts, is that the trustees are not always … Continue reading

Get the court right

Claims against trusts are on the increase the reasons for which are various and relate, in part to the number of trusts in existence in New Zealand and in part to a growing appreciation and awareness as to what options a disgruntled beneficiary, settlor, trustee or creditor might have. One area that has produced much … 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

The minority can inherit the earth … sometimes

A little licence in the heading, maybe not the earth, but in some circumstances, an interest in trust at least. The rule in Saunders v Vautier allows the final beneficiaries of a trust to bring the trust to an end provided that all of the trustees are in agreement and are of age. The rule … Continue reading