Once your trust has been established it is very important that it is administered properly. Your trust achieves its objectives by separating ownership of your family’s assets from you personally. If the trust is not administered properly to make this separation of ownership clear then the trust could be challenged as a sham. Such a challenge could be made by a business creditor, relationship partner, the IRD or Work and Income New Zealand. If such a challenge is successful then the trust assets could be treated as your own personal assets and the benefits available through the trust structure will be lost.
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Duties of directors
The Companies Act specifies the duties owed by the directors. In some cases, these duties are owed to the company (and so are only enforceable by the company or a receiver or liquidator of a company) and in some instances, the duties are owed to shareholders.
Establishing a family trust is a decision that can have a significant impact on the benefits you and your family can receive from your family assets.
It is therefore very important that the trust is established in such a way that it will meet the needs of you and your family. For this reason, trusts should not be established thoughtlessly using standardised documents. There are a number of particularly important decisions which you need to make in establishing a family trust. Your Lawlink lawyer is trained to identify and discuss these issues with you and to ensure that the family trust you establish will meet your particular needs.
There are six major things you need to think about before setting up a family trust.
All employers have duties to their employees under law. The overriding principle for all employment relationships is that of ‘good faith’. Both employers and employees must act in good faith towards each other. That means you must not undermine the other party but show trust and confidence in them. It also means you must work at forming and keeping a productive employment relationship. Parties to an employment relationship are meant to communicate well with each other.