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February Newsletter

Posted by on 22 February 2017 | Comments

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2017 focusing on:



- The Kaikoura Earthquake;

- Sunset Relationships;

- Staff Excellence;

- Other News.


February 2017

We think you may be interested in updates in these areas.

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Property In Kaikoura - make a claim by midnight                              

An important reminder that claims are due in by midnight tonight to EQC. 

If your property was damaged during the Kaikoura Earthquake, you need to make your claim by midnight 14 February. If you have damage to your house, land or contents you should contact your insurance company as they are handling building and contents claims for EQC.

However, EQC is managing all claims for land damage.

To lodge your land claim with EQC: –call their Contact Centre on 0800 DAMAGE (326 243). Open 7am-9pm from Mon-Fri and 8am-6pm on Saturdays –complete their online form. –send them an email at info@eqc.govt.nz

Sunset Relationships

A relationship later in life can put a welcome bounce back in your step but before you step into a potential legal quagmire, there are some important matters you should give serious consideration to.

Under the Property (Relationships) Act 1976, a qualifying de facto relationship is defined as being a relationship of three years or more.  There are various factors that will determine whether you are in a relationship or not.  You should be aware that actually living together and physical intimacy may not be necessary to qualify your relationship under the Act.

If your relationship does qualify under the Act, the start point for the sharing of relationship assets is 50 / 50.  That may not be what either of you want or intend so it may be worthwhile for you and your partner to consider entering into a written agreement to determine how assets will be dealt with should your relationship end.

To read more click here.

Excellence in the law continues at Harmans!

We are delighted and proud to congratulate Michael Brennan, a lawyer in our Commercial Team, who has recently received the Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law Inc. Prize for Excellence in Legal Writing. Michael's paper, which explored the law around fraudulent insurance claims, was described as outstanding among entries of an exceptionally high standard.

Fantastic work Michael!

In Other News...                              

Congratulations to "Suits in Boots", our Oxfam Trailwalker Team, who are participating in the 2017 100km Oxfam Trailwalk.  Suits in Boots are well into their fundraising and have recently completed a grueling 60km training walk.  To find out more about our team go to www.oxfamtrailwalker.org.nz/otw17/teams/suits-boots.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards

The team at Harmans

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