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Introducing the Lyon O’Neale Arnold Library Law Series!

Please register by calling 07 577 7177 or by emailing

Enduring Powers of Attorney

5 April - 12.30 - 1.30pm, 5.30 - 6.30pm
4 October - 12.30 - 1.30pm, 5.30 - 6.30pm

We should all have Powers of Attorney. These are the documents that appoint a person who can make decisions on your behalf if you cannot. As we get older, or if we suffer from unexpected illness, we need to make sure that someone is ready to help us pay bills, sell our house and arrange any medical care on our behalf.

When preparing a Power of Attorney, you need to consider who is best for the different roles – personal care and welfare, and property. We can highlight some of the issues and explain how these important documents work. 

Estate Planning and Wills

19 April - 12.30 - 1.30pm, 5.30 - 6.30pm
18 October - 12.30 - 1.30pm, 5.30 - 6.30pm

Your Will is one of the most important documents you can prepare during your lifetime. It sets out who you entrust all of your property to. Your Trustee(s) will be responsible for selling your home and giving your property to the people you love. Your Will also appoints guardians, lists your beneficiaries and sets out any of your last wishes. 

Because your Will is the last action taken in your name, it is important to have it exactly right. This session will cover the key parts of a Will, things you need to consider and any challenges that can be made if people are not happy with your decisions.

Family Trusts

3 May - 12.30 - 1.30pm, 5.30 - 6.30pm
1 November - 12.30 - 1.30pm, 5.30 - 6.30pm

Family Trusts can/may be used for a variety of reasons. If you are in business they offer protection from creditors, and an opportunity to split income between family members. They protect the interests of future generations and can avoid estate litigation. Many people want to know about whether they will help with rest home subsidies.

We have worked with Family Trusts for many years and can tell you how they work, why you might want them and what they can achieve. We will also look at how you administer a Trust.

Business Structures

17 May - 5.30 - 6.30pm

Whether you are already in business or going into one, you need to understand the different business structures. We will look at Companies, Partnerships and Sole Traders and see why you would choose to trade using those structures.

We will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each, and how they might impact on you if you are dealing with someone using any of those structures.

Buying and Selling Real Estate

14 June - 12.30 - 1.30pm, 5.30 - 6.30pm

15 November - 12.30 - 1.30pm, 5.30 - 6.30pm

Real Estate has been a hot topic in the past 18 months. Prices in the Bay of Plenty region have jumped up significantly and there has been plenty of competition for properties. 

This session will cover different ways property can be sold, the process of buying and selling and important pre-purchase investigations purchasers should carry out. We will also discuss matters relevant to first home buyers such as KiwiSaver and the Housing New Zealand HomeStart grant. 

Buying and Selling Business

28 June - 5.30 - 6.30pm

A business is a person’s pride and joy; their livelihood. Buying or selling a business is a significant moment in a person’s life and marks the beginning of a new chapter. 

This session will cover the process of buying and selling a business, important considerations from a seller’s perspective and those of a buyer. We will also briefly discuss business structures which are relevant to a purchaser.

Director Responsibilities

12 July - 5.30 - 6.30pm

Company directors have a wide range of obligations and duties which originate from common law and legislation. The Companies Act 1993 includes a range of director duties which directors often fall short of. 

This session aims to provide an informative overview of the various duties and obligations of company directors. We will also provide examples from case law of when directors have been found guilty of failing to honour their legal duties.  


26 July - 5.30 - 6.30pm

This session will focus on important terms in commercial leases including: rights of renewal, rent reviews, outgoings, landlord and tenant obligations, damage and destruction, possible earthquake issues, tenant reinstatement obligations and enforcement options. We will discuss these clauses from a Landlord’s perspective and that of a Tenant.

Published: Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017 15:00 by Tauranga City Council

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