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Trusts Reform Series – Improving the Management of New Zealand Trusts

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Published on: August 21, 2020


Reform of the law of trusts in New Zealand has finally occurred in the form of the Trusts Act 2019 (Act), which is set to come into force on 30 January 2021. The Act represents the first major trust law reform in New Zealand in more than 60 years. Significant amounts of ink (digital and otherwise) has been spent on the process and the new Act. There is, in the words of the President of the Court of Appeal, "much good indeed" in the reform.       

We have already seen a number of high net worth and corporate clients taking steps to review their trust arrangements to make sure they are fit for purpose to operate in the "new" environment post 30 January 2021. This includes the first question of – do you need a trust? Often the answer is yes, which leads to further questions about the structure and administration of the trust(s) concerned. 

In this series, we will be addressing the issues that our clients (trustees, beneficiaries, other fiduciary office holders and advisors) are facing. Part 1 of this series (link below) concerns the "professionalisation" of the role of trustee, with particular focus on tips for trustees around the new information retention and disclosure regime.  

Part 1: Trustees – Information Retention and Disclosure

Part 2: Trustee duties, exemptions, and indemnities

Part 3: Third Party Creditors 

Part 4: Specified Commercial Trusts

Part 5: The Court's role in regulating trusts

Reach out to one of our experts listed below if you want to discuss any of the upcoming changes to the Act. 

These articles are intended only to provide a summary of the subjects covered. They do not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. No person should act in reliance on any statement contained in these publications without first obtaining specific professional advice. If you require any advice or further information on the subject matter of this newsletter, please contact the partner/solicitor in the firm who normally advises you, or alternatively contact one of the partners listed below.

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