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Resealing a UK Grant of Probate in New Zealand

If a person from England or Wales (or any commonwealth country) dies owning assets located in New Zealand, whether it is property, land, money in a New Zealand bank account or shares in a New Zealand company, the person entitled to deal with their estate (the executor or administrator) is required...

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Cohabitees and Death - Who Can Claim?

It may be a surprise to many that the often referred to status of ‘common law spouse’ does not exist in law. It is therefore important that people living together take steps to protect not only their partner’s position but also their own if something untoward should happen to the other. An...

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The Importance of Making a Will (New Intestacy Rules)

If you pass away without making a Will, the ‘Intestacy Rules’ determine what happens to your estate on your passing. These rules have been recently amended, with the changes affecting all deaths on or after 1 October 2014. The most recent amendments will have the greatest impact if you were to...

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