Welcome to our FAQs page, where we aim to answer some of your common legal questions. This resource is here to help, whether you’re looking for information on property, immigration, business, or general legal matters.
We’ve compiled a collection of resources, news updates, and valuable links for your convenience, all accessible on our dedicated Resources page.
If you can’t find an answer to your question, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
How and when do you issue invoices?
At Goldman Legal, we typically issue our invoices at the completion of a matter (such as Settlement of a property). If your matter is ongoing we issue invoices on an interim basis, usually monthly.
We happily accept many payment methods – either internet banking, credit card, or online through our payment portal. Our payment methods are detailed on our invoices.
I want to buy a property, where do I start?
Whether you are a first home buyer or experienced property investor, it is always important to have us review a sale and purchase agreement before you commit to buying a property.
Elliot or one of the Goldman Legal team will happily discuss what to expect, help answer any questions you have, and can assist you in navigating the process. Our aim at Goldman Legal is to ensure you receive the right advice and support.
I want to sell my house, what do I do?
It is essential when you are selling a property that you obtain legal advice before you sign a sale and purchase agreement. As a seller of a property, you may need to consider what warranties you give as to building code compliance and other matters related to any building on the property.
At Goldman legal, we can assist you with reviewing your agreement prior to it being signed. Our team can answer any questions you have. Once the agreement is signed and conditions are satisfied, we will take care of the rest and keep you up to date with any developments along the way. We pride ourselves on good communication and ensuring a smooth settlement process with a positive outcome.
Do not hesitate to reach out to our team at any point in the sale process should you require legal advice or assistance.
How do I get a Will prepared?
Your Will could be considered one of the most important documents you ever sign. Your Will contains your instructions about what you want done with all your possessions (and debts) after you die. It can also include how you want your dependants (spouse, de facto partner, children, etc) to be looked after.
It is important to see a lawyer if you are wanting to prepare a Will because although you choose what to say in your Will, the law specifies how you should say it. If you do not comply with the law, your Will – or parts of it – may be invalid.
One of our team will get back to you to discuss the next steps.
What’s an Enduring Power of Attorney?
An enduring power of attorney (EPA) is an important document that allows you to appoint a person (called an attorney) who has power to act on your behalf and make decisions for you if you become incapacitated. Sometimes two or more people may be appointed as attorneys. You are known as the donor – the person who is giving the power of attorney.
The attorney you appoint should be someone that you trust to do the right thing for you.
There are two types of EPAs.
- Property – includes everything that you own, including bank accounts, investments and so on.
- Personal care and welfare – is concerned with questions such as where you are to live and are you being properly cared for.
If you would like to discuss what is involved with preparing an EPA or review your current EPA, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].
What is AML (Anti Money Laundering) and why do need my information?
New Zealand has passed a law called the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (“the AML/CFT law” for short). The purpose of the law is to detect and prevent money-laundering and to counter the financing of terrorism. It reflects New Zealand’s commitment to the international initiative to counter the impact that criminal activity has on people and economies within the global community.
Why we need to ask you for information.
Recent changes to the AML/CFT Act mean that from 1 July 2018 lawyers must comply with its requirements. Lawyers must do a number of things to help combat money laundering and terrorist financing, and to help Police bring the criminals who do it to justice. The AML/CFT law does this because the services law firms and other professionals offer may be attractive to those involved in criminal activity.
The law says that law firms and other professionals must assess the risk they may face from the actions of money launderers and people who finance terrorism and must identify potentially suspicious activity.
To make that assessment, lawyers must obtain and verify information from prospective and existing clients about a range of things (such as ID, proof of address etc). This is part of what the AML/CFT law calls “customer due diligence”.
Goldman Legal has prepared handy checklists which details what our AML/CFT identity requirements are. Please click HERE to find our downloadable checklists.