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Leaving chattels under a will

There is a presumption often made by the will maker that they can leave the chattels they have to the executors and the family to…

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Overview of the End of Life Choice Act 2019

The End of Live Choice Act 2019 came into effect in November 2021 (“the Act”). It establishes the framework for the process, the eligibility and…

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What is a testamentary guardian and what they can/can’t do

Generally, a mother and father are referred to as the natural guardians of their child. Section 26 of the Care of Children Act 2004 provides…

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Tenants in common: when one wants to sell

Property sharing agreements are becoming more prevalent as individuals seek certainty of outcomes, where unforeseen circumstances intervene after property purchases. The form of property ownership…

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Vaccine Pass Required for Entry

For the safety of our employees and our community our policy is that only people who are fully vaccinated are able to visit our premises,…

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Holiday hours of operation

Our team will be taking a well-deserved break over the holiday period. The Stevens Orchard Lawyers office will be closed from 4pm on 23/12/2021 and…

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Season’s Greetings from the team at Steven’s Orchard Lawyers

Thank you for your loyalty and support throughout 2021 On behalf of the entire team at Stevens Orchard Lawyers, we'd like to wish you and…

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Trusts: when is a loan really a distribution?

Loans to beneficiaries are often made without proper consideration as to whether the powers being exercised will affect the preservation of trust assets or how…

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Taxes on utes rules

The Government is taking action in line with the advice of the Climate Change Commission to increase uptake of low emission vehicles by introducing a…

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When rural farm debt requires solutions

All businesses have their financial ups and downs and farming businesses are no exception. A new act, the Farm Debt Mediation Act 2019, is designed…

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Enduring Power of Attorneys – A brief guide

Life can be uncertain and we never know what is just around the corner. No matter what age you are, anyone could have an accident…

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Covid-19 Notice: Our offices will open on Thursday 9th September at Alert Level 2.

We will mostly be meeting with clients by video or zoom - please ring our office to make an appointment if you need one. Nelson:…

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Covid-19 Notice: We advise that under Covid Alert Level 4 our offices are currently closed – however we’re still working remotely and monitoring our phones

Due to Covid Alert Level 4 our offices are currently closed, however we have people working remotely and your calls will be monitored. We will…

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Margot and Jane are involved in voluntary work in their communities. In addition, Stevens Orchard Lawyers are also proud to have recently contributed to these events or organisations:

The Nelson Ark
St Johns Ambulance Walk
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Financial Assistance for a Nelson family to get their deceased son home from Canada (after funds sought via the Nelson section of NZLS)
Ngakawau Women’s Hockey Team
Buller Western Riding and Performance
Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust

Buller Rugby Union Breakfast Club

The Buller Rugby Union (BRU) are holding a Breakfast Club each weekend of junior rugby in 2020. After club feedback following the 2019 season, it was highlighted that some children were playing rugby without any nutrition on board.

BRU Manager Andrew Duncan said the Union is keen to use the Breakfast Club as an educational tool for junior players, “Kids burn a lot of energy playing sport and we want to educate the importance of having a good breakfast before they start the day”.

The BRU has found plenty of support in setting up the initiative with local firm Stevens Orchard Lawyers backing the concept. Firm Director Jane Duncan said, “Sport plays an important part in the community and sport nutrition is a crucial component to kids achieving their best”. The Breakfast Club is open to all players with Duncan adding “It is also a great chance for children to sit down, have breakfast together and foster relationships across all clubs in the community”.

The Breakfast Club is open to all registered players in the Buller District and will be held at Craddock Park from 8:00am to 9:00am, starting this Saturday 25 July 2020.

Police Managers' Guild Trust

Stevens Orchard Lawyers are proud to be partnering with the Police Managers’ Guild Trust.

Established in 1997 as a charitable trust, the Police Managers’ Guild Trust provides straightforward, useful information that helps people avoid becoming victims of crime and works toward a safer community for you, your families and your businesses.

The Trust achieves this by educating communities through the use of its annual Police Managers’ Guild Trust Journals, their website, social media and through strategic alliances with the business community.

These cover themes such as Drug and Alcohol awareness, Family Violence, building a Safer Community together, Better Parenting, Crime Prevention, and Child Safety.

Publications are approximately 40 pages in length. 4.5 million Journals have been distributed free of charge since inception to the public in all 13 policing districts throughout New Zealand.

This is made possible with thanks to over 20,000 local businesses, which support the Trust through sponsorship and advertising. The money raised from advertisers helps with the production and distribution of the journals as well as the ongoing development of our crime prevention educational resources.

Additionally, the Police Managers’ Guild Trust has returned in excess of 3.5 million dollars to New Zealand communities with impetus to reduce the impact of crime.

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