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Welcome to the Sharp Tudhope Lawyers' blog. Here you will find  topical information and advice relating to a wide range of areas of law, written by our legal experts.

GETTING IT SIGNED

With the ever increasing use of technology the need to sign a document on paper is becoming more and more redundant. Under the Electronic Transactions Act 2002 (“the Act”) certain paper-based legal requirements may be met by using electronic technology, in which the Act recognises that there is a functional equivalence between paper form and technology to meet a legal requirement.
Written by James Moran at 00:00

STAY SHARP CHRISTMAS EDITION

Christmas is only a week away and like many of our clients, we're spending a few extra hours in the office tying up those loose ends before the break. It's great to go home in the evening and still have an hour or so of extra daylight to enjoy - and tick any last minute Christmas gifts off the list.
Written by Janine McTainsh at 00:00

ONE TOO MANY AT THE OFFICE PARTY? FEELING SHEEPISH?

You may recall that taxpayers were left to foot the bill for $700 worth of damage to two model sheep at the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment’s Christmas party last year – we will draw the line at speculating how that damage may have been done. So, with Christmas fast approaching, how do you ensure your office party antics don’t hit the headlines when your employees hit the booze?
Written by Shima Grice at 13:00

STAY SHARP OCTOBER 2015

At the end of November we farewell General Manager, Peter Wilson who is returning to Auckland after more than six years with the firm. Peter leaves us to take up a fresh challenge at another law firm in Auckland. We thank him for his contribution to Sharp Tudhope and we wish him all the best. We're pleased to announce the appointment of our Finance / HR Manager, Deena Himpers, to the position of Practice Manager. Deena has a long association with the firm with more than 20 years of service. Find out more about Deena in our December issue.
Written by Janine McTainsh at 00:00

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RESIDENT DIRECTOR REQUIREMENTS IN FULL FORCE AS OF 28 OCTOBER

As of 28 October 2015 all companies must now have ensured they have at least one director that either: - Lives in New Zealand; or - Lives in Australia and is a director of a company incorporated in Australia.
Written by Kylie van Heerden at 11:00

BUYING LAND? BEWARE OF THESE HIDDEN COSTS

Building a new home is an exciting (and potentially expensive) project. So it’s important to check the land you intend to build on is suitable before you buy it. Soil type and land contour can vary dramatically in the Bay of Plenty. The region was once home to many farms and orchards and not all sections are straight-forward to build on.
Written by Hamish Murray at 11:00

SOLD! BUT WILL MY PROPERTY PROFIT BE TAXED?

Buying and selling property has generated substantial income for many New Zealanders – especially in today’s booming housing market. If you buy residential property with the intention of selling and making a profit, that profit has always been taxable.
Written by Brooke Courtney at 15:00
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SEPTEMBER IS WILLS MONTH - DO YOU HAVE A WILL?

Do you have a Will? Did you know that if you die without a Will, the law says what will happen to your assets? There is no guarantee your wishes will be carried out. Even the best laid plans can see family left behind dealing with more stress than they need to.
Written by Janine McTainsh at 12:00
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STAY SHARP SPRING EDITION

Stay Sharp’s spring edition has useful legal tips popping up like daffodils. Property Partner Hamish Murray is a bright spark talking about “bright line” tests which will determine whether you have to pay tax on a residential property transaction. Property Associate Brooke Courtney advises individuals and trusts to have IRD numbers handy when undertaking property transactions or you may be unable to settle and may incur penalties. Commercial Partner Kylie van Heerden is a good sort who is about to abseil down a tall building to raise funds for the Foundation for Youth Development. The consequences of a premature exit without a will are described (not in relation to Kylie). And Employment Partner Shima Grice gives the Readers Digest version of the new Employment Standards Bill and its effect on your workplace.
Written by Janine McTainsh at 11:00

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NEW EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS BILL INTRODUCED

On 13 August the Government has introduced the Employment Standards Legislation Bill for fairer and more productive workplaces.
Written by Shima Grice at 11:00

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