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Trusts

Kensington Swan has a large trusts practice, creating trusts for both New Zealand residents and people living in other countries. We act for trusts of all sizes and are experienced in dealing with any disputes that arise.

Our expertise in trust law is applied in various areas, including:

  • asset or estate planning
  • foreign trusts for non-New Zealand residents taking advantage of New Zealand’s favourable tax regime
  • trust administration
  • trading trusts
  • wills and estate administration
  • charitable trusts, including registration with the Department of Internal Affairs, and incorporation of trust boards.
 

Foreign trusts

Many high net worth off-shore residents protect their assets by putting them in trusts with a New Zealand resident corporate trustee. We are experienced in the formation and administration of foreign trusts and can provide directors of corporate trustees. We are also experienced in trust management and can advise on in-bound and out-bound trust planning for people moving to and from New Zealand.
 

Protect your assets

Trusts are an important tool for family members to protect assets from spousal/partner or creditor claims. The abolition of gift duty in New Zealand has created significant opportunities for this type of asset protection. We are experienced in this type of planning, and the transfer of assets to trusts.
 

Wills and trusts

Trusts are often accompanied by a will which leaves assets to the trust. We specialise in preparing wills tailored to each client’s circumstances.

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