Legal

Clearstone Legal commemorates 10 years

Debra Barron is the Principal of Clearstone Legal which started in June 2014 and is holding an invitation-only party to celebrate. 

“We will also be having specials and giveaways throughout the month of June,” says Debra, inviting people to check out Clearstone Legal’s Facebook page for further details.

She says Clearstone Legal began after many years of working in the legal sector, when an opportunity was seen in the market for a fresh, modern approach. 

“We pride ourselves on the ability to explain to our clients in everyday language, rather than legal jargon,” says Debra.

“We also prefer to offer our clients options rather than telling them what they should do and empowering with the reasons why one option might be better. 

“Like most small businesses, we worked from home offices before securing premises in Te Atatu Peninsula. 

“With the residential and commercial expansion in the NorthWest of Auckland, we took the opportunity in 2018 to incorporate the Kumeu Huapai Law Centre into our practice. 

“In 2020 we relocated to our current office at 1A Tapu Road, Huapai.”

Clearstone Legal general law practice has a team of nine “amazing” women, says Debra.

“While much of our business involves conveyancing (buying, selling, refinancing and subdividing property) we offer full estate planning services such as formation and administration of trusts, wills, enduring powers of attorney and look after deceased estates. 

“In addition, we have expertise in relationship property matters and commercial transactions such as buying or selling a business, commercial leases, shareholder agreements, etc.

“We look after Mums and Dads and small to medium sized businesses.”

Debra says Clearstone Legal has “really enjoyed becoming a part of the community in both the Te Atatu and Kumeu areas, sponsoring local sports clubs at the Te Atatu Roosters and the West Coast Rangers”

09 972 5102 or email your enquiry to us at admin@cslegal.co.nz.

 
Does your will do what you want?

If a person dies leaving behind a valid will but it does not properly dispose of all their assets, then the remaining assets will be distributed intestate under the Administration Act 1969 (“Act”). This could happen if the deceased forgets to deal with an asset in his or her will or if a beneficiary no longer exists when the deceased dies. The estate will then be divided among the surviving spouse, children, parents, and other next of kin, depending on the circumstances.

For example, Mr A decides to leave his assets to his family trust to look after the next generation. A few years after signing his will Mr A and the other trustees of the family trust decide to wind up the trust. Unfortunately, Mr A forgets to update his will which still has the family trust as the beneficiary of his estate – but it no longer exists.  Mr A’s estate will now be distributed pursuant to the intestacy laws under the Act.

In many situations this may not be a problem as the people who end up inheriting under the Act may be the same as if the family trust inherited the estate. However, sometimes this may not be the case and the estate is distributed in a way that the deceased never intended.

This is why it is good practice to regularly check your will to make sure it properly disposes of your assets. If you are uncertain about the distribution of your assets upon your death or need to update your will, you can contact Kemp Barristers & Solicitors at info@kempsolicitors.co.nz or 09 412 6000.

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