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Top tips when providing farm accommodation

Moving Day (1 June) has been and gone which means that not only do the cows have new homes, many employees will also have new accommodation on farm. Understanding your rights and obligations when providing, or receiving, farm accommodation is crucial to a smooth working relationship.On farm accommodation that is provided in connection with employment is governed by a Service Tenancy – the tenancy applies for so long as the person is in the role. While Service Tenancies may have different notic...

June 7, 2024

Top tips when separating

We were recently contacted by our client Alan who has separated from his wife Sarah of 35 years.While things are reasonably amicable now, Alan is concerned at how they will split their assets which include a grazing block, the home farm that Alan inherited from his parents and a bach in Coromandel.It is never easy when a relationship ends, but there are things you can do to protect your position while remaining amicable....

May 30, 2024

With us all the way

When Gallie Miles clients Blair and Rosie Shaw began the hunt for their first home around eight years ago, life looked a little different.Fast forward to 2024 and the couple have two children, a thriving handyman business and are happily living in the Kihikihi house they purchased back in 2016.Gallie Miles Director Alex McIvor has been there throughout the journey, guiding them through their legal matters. “Blair and I started looking for our first home in Te Awamutu about eight years ago...

May 16, 2024

Welcome Tabatha

Welcome to Tabatha Brill, who has joined the Gallie Miles team and an expert in Estate Administration.   Tabatha is a Senior Registered Legal Executive and has more than ten years of experience working in local Te Awamutu law firms.Tabatha is an expert in estate administration, assisting clients throughout the entire estate administration process from drafting probate or letters of administration to administrating the sale of property and distributing the estate.Tabatha also has extens...

April 23, 2024

Failure to settle property deal costs woman $200,000

A recent case reported by Stuff has cost one woman more than $200,000, after she failed to pay the full amount by a property settlement date.The Kāpiti Coast property was originally listed as part of a 64-townhouse development in May 2021.The purchase price for the property was $833,000. A deposit of $83,800 was paid by the woman, and as per the sale and purchase agreement, she was required to pay the balance on the settlement date.Work on the development commenced in March 2022 and the propert...

April 16, 2024

Introducing Anna

Anna is a Registered Legal Executive who has worked at Gallie Miles since late 2023. She is an expert in Property law and Estate Administration. She has had an extensive career in law spanning more than 22 years, starting as an office junior before becoming a qualified legal executive.For nine years Anna worked for a rural law firm Matamata doing residential and farm work, then moved to Hamilton and worked for a mid-sized firm doing residential conveyancing including settlements for large proper...

April 1, 2024

The Trust tax rate is changing

Do you have a family trust? From 1 April 2024 the Trust tax rate is increasing from 33% to 39%. Here’s what you need to know....

February 27, 2024

Defaulting on a property settlement

A recent court ruling involving a judgment of $700,000 highlights the pitfalls of defaulting on a property settlement. Here we take a deeper look at the settlement process and what you need to be aware of....

January 30, 2024

We're hiring - Legal Executive - Estates

We are looking for an experienced legal executive with a solid understanding of estate administration to join our team ready to take the next step in their career. Life at Gallie Miles is relaxed and friendly, modern, flexible and innovative.  We care, we enjoy what we do, and we deliver.  At Gallie Miles, employees have access to mentoring and training provided by experienced colleagues, allowing each employee to develop and grow their skills and hone their trade.  Our core ...

January 22, 2024

Christmas closedown 2023

Gallie Miles wishes all of our clients, colleagues and friends a safe and enjoyable holiday season with your loved ones.Our last day of work will be Thursday 21st December 2023. All Gallie Miles offices will re-open on Monday 8th January 2024.We look forward to seeing you all in 2024. Best wishes from the entire team at Gallie Miles! ...

November 22, 2023

FAQ’s – Estate Administration

Estate Administration is a foreign concept to a lot of people, and it’s not until you’re thrown into the job that you realise you’re not entirely sure what you should be doing.  At Gallie Miles, we are often posed with the same initial questions, and thought it would be useful to address these for executors to refer back to. 1.       Someone has just died, and I am an Executor in their Will, what do I need to do?If you have been appointed as an execu...

November 7, 2023

Probate v Letters of Administration

When you die in NZ and you hold assets over the value of $15,000.00 in one place such as the bank or your KiwiSaver investment, a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration is necessary to allow the ownership of assets to change and to cash in any assets and distribute them to the beneficiaries....

November 7, 2023

Children Contesting a Will under the Family Protection Act 1955

When preparing a will, you’re stating how you wish to distribute your assets when you die. Our clients are often unaware that if you are a parent, under the New Zealand Family Protection Act 1955 (FPA), you have a “moral duty” to provide for your biological children in your Will. If you do not provide for your children in your Will, you may be at risk of your children making a claim against estate.  At Gallie Miles, we have noticed an increase in claims being made by children, against...

September 28, 2023

Pragmatic Shelley

When you chat to Gallie Miles partner Shelley Greer, it’s not hard to see why she’s described by clients as being efficient and pragmatic.“Shelley is a very good communicator and promptly responds to our requests,” says client Mary Karl.“Each part of our legal journey has been handled efficiently, particularly making the complicated process of winding up our two Trusts easy for us to understand.”“She has also given us both personal and professional ideas that makes us feel we are ...

September 20, 2023

A smooth transition

Retired couple Mary and Ross Karl spent most of their lives running their dairy farm in Ohaupo. When the time came to move into a retirement village earlier this year, they called on Gallie Miles’ Shelley Greer once again, who has been assisting them with their various legal needs for the past ten years.Now in their 70’s, Ross and Mary Karl have been married for 51 years. A dairy farmer, Ross started work on the family farm in Ohaupo after leaving school. By the age of 21 he went sharemilkin...

August 29, 2023

Event - Every Women’s Guide to Relationships, Property and Money

Together with Tracey Hancock (Life planning & mindset coach) and Janet Natta (Financial adviser and owner of Smart Money Advice), Gallie Miles is bringing you this seminar series 'Every Women's Guide to Money, Finances and Property'. See more below. ...

August 2, 2023

Gallie Miles gets behind Te Awamutu community food forest project

After reading an article in the Te Awamutu Courier about the community food forest project, a forest of fruit trees planted on public land around Te Awamutu, Gallie Miles has donated $1000 to support the project and is excited to be supporting such a vital and innovative community project.“The Te Awamutu Food Forest represents a local project that is both practical and enduring. As a business, we are thrilled to have an opportunity to be involved in this valuable community initiative,” says ...

July 29, 2023

From the ground up – Landmore Agri

Starting at the bottom of the business sweeping floors and building silos, brothers Shayne and Matthew King have worked their way up to full ownership of Landmore Agri. Sue Garmonsway and the Gallie Miles team have been with the brothers every step of the way.Born and raised in Otorohanga, brothers Shayne and Matthew King have been around agriculture all their lives.At the age of 17, older brother Shayne started working at Landmore Agri, “at the bottom, sweeping floors and building silos,” h...

July 6, 2023

Considering Buying A Home With Family Or Friends?

If you are considering purchasing a property together with friends or family members, or investing in an existing family home, it is really important to get legal advice early in the process.What is termed “multigenerational living” is becoming an increasingly popular choice for families in New Zealand, principally due to the increasing costs of housing and the ageing of New Zealand’s population.  Multigenerational living can be a very practical way for generations of the same family ...

July 5, 2023

Nicole goes the extra mile

Community service and care have always been at the core of Gallie Miles Solicitor Nicole Porima’s approach. It’s why she’s known amongst her clients and colleagues as an empathetic lawyer with a huge heart. Here’s Nicole’s story. As a 10-year-old at Vardon Primary School in Hamilton, Nicole Porima wrote a note in her school’s time capsule that she wanted to become a Lawyer.“We opened the time capsule for Vardon Primary’s Jubilee and they pulled out my note. I had cut out a p...

July 3, 2023

Renee keeps it real

There’s more to Gallie Miles Solicitor Renee Dunn than meets the eye. A keen hunter and fisherwoman, she’s also a bit of an internet whizz and is a strong advocate for Estate and Asset Planning with her clients and peers. Read on to get to know more about Renee. Growing up on a Dairy Farm in Korakonui south of Te Awamutu, Gallie Miles Solicitor Renee Dunn hadn’t always imagined a career in law.“When I finished high school, I wasn’t 100% sure of what I would study,” says Renee....

June 29, 2023

Hot Tips for Successful Farm Succession

Farming is a way of life, so it can be difficult to imagine handing over the reins, exiting from it altogether or selling a particular farming asset. For many, planning for rural farm succession doesn’t come easily, forcing you to think about the unexpected and plan ahead for what you want to happen. In this article, Gallie Miles rural farm succession experts Sue Garmonsway and Alex McIvor walk you through the rural farm succession process and share their top tips on having a ro...

May 17, 2023

Ending a marriage and getting a divorce

I want to end my marriage and get a divorce, but I don’t know where to start....

April 17, 2023

Case study: Seeking early legal advice pays off for sharemilker in NAIT prosecution

Following 4 charges being laid by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) under the National Animal Identification and Tracing Act (NAIT), client ‘John*’ immediately sought the help of Gallie Miles to assist with the prosecution. That decision paid off, with the result being a record low penalty fined since the new penalty regime was introduced in 2019. Here we share the details.Introduced in 2012, the purpose of the NAIT Act is to establish an animal identification and tracking system, to acc...

April 13, 2023

Forever Home Found

Looking for their forever home in Hamilton, Nyssa and Leif Johannsen engaged the help of Gallie Miles’ Legal Executive Pam Ingram to finalise their property purchase.After relocating from Australia in 2020, Nyssa and Leif Johannsen first lived in Auckland before deciding to move to Hamilton last year.Parents to two school-aged boys, the couple started looking for their forever home in Hamilton.Leif works as an Accountant and Nyssa is an Insurance Manager, so they were looking for something in ...

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