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Trusts and Assets Protection

You have worked hard to build a good life for yourself or your family in Christchurch.

Perhaps you have recently inherited money or assets?

Perhaps you have children or grandchildren with special needs and requirements.

You might even be in business and are worried about exposing your personal assets to business risk.

Life is uncertain at best and taking an haphazard approach to asset protection can have unintended consequences or even disastrous outcomes.

Asset Protection Tools

Asset protection encompasses succession planning, protecting your assets for future generations, as well as the tools you need during your life to give control, certainty and clarity with how your assets are to be dealt with.

Some of the tools our team at Godfreys Law can use to help you protect your assets include:

  • Preparing and revising your Will
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Contracting Out Agreements
  • Family Trusts
  • Business Ownership Structures
  • Shareholder Agreements including Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Key Person Insurance
  • Inheritance Trusts
  • Personalised Asset Protection Plan

Because of the broad scope of asset protection measures, there simply is no one-size fits all approach. One of our specialist asset protection lawyers can meet with you to create a personalised plan to manage your assets.

As a bare minimum, we encourage everyone to have both a Will and Enduring Powers of Attorney, which Godfreys Law can create for you.

Creating A Family Trust

Family trusts can protect your assets and benefit your family long after you’ve passed away. You can use a Trust to protect an inheritance for your children until they come of age, or make sure only they, and not their partners get access to that money.

By placing money or assets in a Trust, they’re also protected against creditors if a business venture in Christchurch fails. You get peace of mind knowing you have protected your family home.

Forming a Trust is a big decision. We can advise you and your family on the pros and cons of a Trust, and make sure it is established and managed properly.

Invest In Your Future

Our goal, as your trusted advisors, is to guide you through the process of protecting your assets. We’ll explain everything in plain English, without all the complicated legal jargon, and assist you in selecting the appropriate tools and strategies.

Real assets. Real solutions.

We’ll keep you up-to-date with any changes to the law, reviewing your asset protection strategies over time to give peace of mind and control. For almost 150 years, Godfreys Law has advised generations of Cantabrians on managing their futures. To talk with an advisor about Family Trust management or protecting your assets, contact Godfreys Law on 03 366 7469.