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How do I use litigation to achieve my objectives?

How do I use litigation to achieve my objectives?

If you have a dispute with another party which you can’t resolve privately, then your only option is to bring the matter before the Court for an independent Judge to decide the matter. However, litigation can be expensive, and even a simple case could take a couple of years to resolve. So is litigation still a practical method of resolving a dispute?

New Zealand Court Hierarchy

New Zealand Court Hierarchy

If you have a dispute you want to resolve in New Zealand, you need to obtain a formal order from the New Zealand Court system. Which Court you apply to will generally depend on the amount of money you wish to claim from another party.

Introduction to family trusts

Introduction to family trusts

Imagine if you want a friend to look after your young children if anything were to happen to you. In order to do so, you transfer the legal title of your assets to your friend. Therefore, your friend is now the legal owner of all of the assets. But what is stopping him from breaking his promise and doing what he wants with the assets that are now legally under his name?

Why use a law firm to collect debt?

Why use a law firm to collect debt?

Many small business owners use debt collection agencies to recover debt from their customers. However, savvy debtors know that if they simply inform the debt collection agency that they are not paying because of a contractual dispute, then there is very little the agency can do.

What is personal bankruptcy?

What is personal bankruptcy?

Personal bankruptcy is a method of clearing your debt if you cannot pay the money you owe. If you do not have any assets under your name, creditors can no longer pursue you for any of your existing debts.

The risks of buying “off the plan” properties

The risks of buying “off the plan” properties

Buying properties “off the plans” have become increasingly popular over the years. When you buy a property “off the plans,” this means you purchase the property before it is completed. Purchasers usually have to wait at least 1 year before construction is completed. Although there are some perceived benefits to buying “off the plan,” such as paying a lower purchase price and living in a brand new home, there are also many risks.