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Govt Now Under Pressure To Raise Financial Threshold For Requiring High Court Paperwork To Release Funds To Loved Ones

Monday, 13 May 2024, 9:09 pm | Kiwilaw

Kiwilaw’s director, Cheryl Simes, is now urging the Government to action yesterday’s recommendation no later than 1 October this year. It requires a short, simple, regulation. More >>

Deceased Estate: Anything Under $25,000 Should Go To Your Loved One’s Family, Not To Legal Fees – Sign The Petition Now

Wednesday, 19 April 2023, 6:11 pm | Kiwilaw

When someone dies, their Kiwisaver should go to their loved ones, not to lawyers. Kiwilaw has launched a petition to ask Parliament to allow financial institutions to release funds up to $25,000 without needing High Court paperwork. Currently, if ... More >>

Wills Are Not ‘essential Services’, But Pet Toys And Hair Products Are

Thursday, 16 April 2020, 2:49 pm | Kiwilaw

By Cheryl Simes (Kiwilaw) If you need to make a valid will during lockdown, you need the internet and a printer, or you need a lawyer who does not charge for the will. Alternatively, you can handwrite it. Copy it by hand from what the lawyer emails ... More >>

Who guards the guardians?

Monday, 25 November 2019, 12:38 pm | Kiwilaw

Bereaved families need probate of a will (or letters of administration, if there is no will), in any estate involving general land or more than $15,000 in any financial institution. This is not optional. More than 15,000 grants of probate are made each ... More >>

‘Make a will’ – lawyer provides free online wills

Thursday, 11 July 2019, 1:50 pm | Kiwilaw

Kiwilaw lawyer, Cheryl Simes, has designed an unconventional, ‘entirely valid’ downloadable 1-page will for those who agree with the Public Trust that they need to make a will, and who do not have the time, money or inclination to do it using ... More >>

‘Musterers’ – suggested alternative name for Crusaders

Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 4:07 pm | Kiwilaw

Cheryl Simes, a dog-loving North Canterbury lawyer, suggests the ‘Musterers’ as an alternative to the name ‘Crusaders’. More >>

Unpaid JPs - life savers who support low cost legal services

Monday, 25 February 2019, 1:07 pm | Kiwilaw

JPs deserve more recognition than they are given, according to a Canterbury lawyer. More >>

Auckland bereaved families at higher risk - lawyer

Friday, 8 February 2019, 9:09 am | Kiwilaw

Auckland bereaved families may be at particular risk of being overcharged for preparing court paperwork, especially when someone has died suddenly without leaving a will. More >>

Bereaved families paying too much for basic paperwork

Thursday, 31 January 2019, 12:38 pm | Kiwilaw

Every year, bereaved New Zealand families are paying lawyers between $4.25 and $8.5 million more than they need to, for basic paperwork after a loved one dies. More >>




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