Good Lawyers for Good People


Setting up your business right from the start


LAW OF THE LAND With Nick Earl Embarking on a new business venture? One the most import..


Who gets ‘custody’ of the house?


LAW OF THE LAND With Nick Earl Buying a house is a huge investment and one that we protect, witho..


Is a retirement village right for you?


LAW OF THE LAND With Nick Earl Retirement villages continue to grow in popularity, with more than 80 ne..


Amnesty International Award for Denise


Congratulations to director Denise Arnold, who has been awarded the Robert Anderson Memorial Award for her work with the Cambo..


Meet the Directors – Mike O’Neale


In our ‘Meet the Directors’ series, we introduce you to our directors, giving you an insight into their legal experience and w..


Trust in the future with a family trust


LAW OF THE LAND With Nick Earl As a parent, you want the best for your children. When they have children of..


When can a will be challenged?


In theory, when you make a will, you get to choose how to distribute your assets after your death. However, in reality, wills ..


Tips to make sure you sign a lease on your terms


LAW OF THE LAND With Nick Earl A business is more than just bricks and mortar but, depending on what your ventu..


Tips before refinancing your mortgage


LAW OF THE LAND With Nick Earl Thinking of breaking up with your bank? People often loo..


Enduring powers of attorney - why they matter


LAW OF THE LAND With Nick Earl Have you thought about who would manage your affairs if you were no longer..


Easter Sunday: Open for business


This year, for the first time ever, shops in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty are allowed to open on Easter Sunday. ..


Meet the Directors - Nick Earl


Throughout the year we will be introducing you to our four directors, giving you an insight into their legal experience and wh..


Turning over a new leaf


With the arrival of autumn, it is a good time to sit back, take stock and look at those languishing New Year’s goals. ..


Think of the children


LAW OF THE LAND With Nick Earl Blended families are not without their challenges. Ensuring everyone is hap..


Keeping kids safe online


Schoolyard bullying has always existed, but with advances in technology, information that might once have been scribbled..


A year in law with Kathryn Esterman


In July this year, soon after joining the team at Lyon O’Neale Arnold, solicitor Kathryn Esterman was admitted to the ba..


Know your limit


A reminder if you are socialising over the festive season, to please do so responsibly. In December 2014, the alcoho..


Residential care subsidies - are you eligible?


LAW OF THE LAND With Nick Earl Residential Care Subsidies can be confusing, especially when it comes ..


Smart money when buying a business


LAW OF THE LAND With Denise Arnold Setting up or buying a business can be both an exciting and frant..


Be prepared when the hammer falls


LAW OF THE LAND With Nick Earl You’ve found the house of your dreams, it’s auction day and the excite..


Breaking the sound barrier


Imagine not being able to hear the birds chirping in the trees, the roar of the ocean, or the joy of your children’s laughter...


Cyberbullying law success


‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me’. So says the old adage. But in a digital wo..


Introducing Kathryn Esterman


Lyon O’Neale Arnold is pleased to welcome solicitor Kathryn Esterman to the firm. Born and raised in Tauranga,..


Preparing for an auction


Property is often purchased and sold in New Zealand, particularly in a seller’s market, via auctions. However, buyers fre..


Spring events


As we get ready to launch into spring, here are some fun and informative events to pencil into your social calendar. ..


Where will you live in your retirement years?


LAW OF THE LAND With Nick Earl As we age, our incomes often shrink and our living requirements change..


Caring for your children when you can't be here


LAW OF THE LAND With Denise Arnold As parents it is our duty to provide for the needs of our childre..


Crash survivor to inspire Wonder Women


Most people wouldn’t see it as lucky to wake up in a hospital bed with all four limbs broken. But Tauranga busi..


Resort-style living, not last resort


Once seen as a place for the elderly and infirm, retirement villages are now a popular choice for the fit and able, offer..


We are live!


At Lyon O’Neale Arnold we like to move with the times – so we are now live streaming our 2017 Library Law Series through ..


When is a donor not a donor?


If you have ticked the ‘donor’ box on your driver licence, you would expect your organs to be made available to help othe..


Will executor responsibilities


If a family member or close friend asks you to be an executor of their Will, it is important to understand your responsibiliti..


Entrust your property to a family trust


LAW OF THE LAND, with Denise Arnold of Lyon O'Neale Arnold For many people, buying a home is the biggest purch..


Insurance and Shareholders' Agreements


It goes without saying that insurance is an essential part of owning a business. Without insurance the consequences can b..


Library Law Series returns


We are excited to announce that we will be running our free Library Law Series again this year. Last year’s s..


Making bright property choices


With the property market showing signs of slowing down, it’s a good time to re-visit the ‘bright-line test’. I..


New year, new business venture


As the summer calendar starts to run out, it is a good time to knuckle down and get serious about those New Year’s resol..


'Best' vs 'reasonable' endeavours


You will no doubt have seen the terms ‘best endeavours’, ‘reasonable endeavours’ and ‘all reasonable endeavours’ in a con..


Land covenants – the weird and wonderful


Land covenants are standard in residential developments. They are essentially the rules that the owners and occupi..


Swimming pool law changes


If you have a swimming pool, we urge you to take a proactive plunge and check that your fencing is up to standard in ligh..


Building fences, not boundaries


As outdoor living spaces become more and more popular, so too does backyard privacy. But if you are building a..


Intellectual property licensing


Trademarks, patents, plant variety rights and copyright - Intellectual Property (IP) forms a fundamental element of most ..


Natural disasters - is your property covered?


The Kaikoura earthquake last month is a stark reminder that natural disasters can and do happen. When it comes..


Moves to make Trust Law easier to understand


This month Justice Minister Amy Adams released draft legislation to update New Zealand’s 60-year-old Trust law. ..


Secrecy agreements: Common mistakes


As the first agreement to be signed between potential partners, investors, consultants or investors, a secrecy agreement ..


Eureka! Now What?


New Zealanders are master inventors. What Kiwi inventors are not quite so good at is moving beyond the ‘eureka’ moment an..


Protecting Your Business and Your Investment


New Zealanders are known for their relaxed way of life. This is great for the beach, but when it comes to doing business,..


Behind the Scenes of a Property Sale


What goes on in a property transaction? To many a lawyer may seem like a necessary evil in a property transac..


Protecting Your Property


LAW OF THE LAND With Nick Earl of Lyon O'Neale Arnold Buying a house is one of the biggest investment..


Choose Wisely For Your Future


LAW OF THE LAND With Nick Earl, of Lyon O'Neale Arnold As we age and our needs change, we would hope ..


Flatmate or De Facto Partner?


No-one enters into a relationship expecting it to fail, but not all relationships go to plan and unexpected break-ups ca..


Restraint of Trade Clauses


The world of business is increasingly competitive. As employers, business owners have become more focused on securing and..


Free Library Law Series Extended


Our free Library Law Series, which we launched in April, has been so popular that we have decided to extend it. ..


Is Your Building Fit for Purpose?


We all know that we need a warrant of fitness for our cars, but did you know that many commercial and multi-residential b..


Teen Wonders Inspire Wonder Women


‘Teenpreneurs’ Rose McMahon, 15, left, and Hope McConnell, 19, right, proved youth and wisdom are not mutually exclusive ..


Putting Your Trust in a Family Trust


LAW OF THE LAND With Denise Arnold, of Lyon O’Neale Arnold None of us know what the future holds, but..


Better Safe Than Sorry


If you are looking at buying a house, a building inspection report will go some way to reassuring you that your investmen..


Plan For the Unexpected


We have searched far and wide for a crystal ball but we are yet to find one. That’s the thing with life - we never know w..


Free Library Law Series


Need some sound legal advice about how to structure your business or organise your personal affairs? During April, May an..


New Property Tax Laws


LAW OF THE LAND With Nick Earl, of Lyon O’Neale Arnold With no sign of the current property boom..


Leasing a Property – Your Obligations


Whether you are a business owner and tenant, or a landlord, it is important to understand your rights and obligations bef..


The Tauranga Women Giving Children a Future


Sipping cocktails under a pink parasol, while sailing down a murky river in Cambodia on a fishing boat, may not have been what..


The 'Sandwich Generation'


With Doug Lyon, of Lyon O’Neale Arnold If you are in your 40s or 50s, seeking the help of an elder law special..


Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill


If you own a rental property it would be wise to familiarise yourself with proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies..


Whose Vehicle Is It?


Buying a vehicle privately? Make sure you know who owns it – it may not be who you think. If you are in the p..


Wonder Women We Have Lift-Off!


Our free, quarterly Wonder Women speaker series got off to a flying start with over 50 women attending our first event f..


Does Your Workplace Comply with New Health and Safety Regulations?


More than one in 10 workers claim for a workplace injury in New Zealand each year. The new Health and Safety at Work Act..


Build or Buy? The Pros and Cons


Law of the Land With Nick Earl, of Lyon O’Neale Arnold In a fast-paced property market, finding..


Getting Back Behind the Wheel


Summer is a very social time of year but, for your safety and that of others, it is important to keep your drinking to a ..


Make Bright Property Choices


With the Tauranga property market booming and rapidly rising house prices, now might seem like a good time to pick up an ..


Safety First When it Comes to Out-of-School Care


By Denise Arnold, of Lyon O’Neale Arnold With the school holidays coming to an end this week, many paren..


Alcohol Free Zones: The Rules


‘Tis the season to be jolly, but there is a time and place – it’s not a good idea to get ‘jolly’ in an alcohol-free zone! ..


Cooking Up Funds for Charity


Lyon O’Neale Arnold is proud to have sponsored two special events in Tauranga with celebrity chef Nadia Lim to raise money for..


Selling a Business: Things to Consider


You’ve worked hard to make your business what it is, but you’re now ready to move on. So, you list it for sale, accept an offe..


Wonder Women: A Year in Review


Thanks to all the wonderful women who joined us for our free, quarterly Wonder Women speaker series this year. What an am..


Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your House


In the current booming property market, houses seem to be going up overnight. If you are building a new home, you wa..


Look After Your Children’s Futures Today


As parents, children are the most precious people in your life. Ensuring their health, safety and wellbeing is a top priority...


The Law Stands Up To Cyber Bullying


The law is finally catching up with the internet. With the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 becoming la..


We Are Bringing Nadia Lim to Tauranga!


Lyon O’Neale Arnold is excited to be the principal sponsor of two fundraising events in Tauranga with celebrity chef Nadia Lim..


Will It Your Way


Reflecting on Wills Month, which was in September, we are both amazed and concerned at the number of people who still don’t ha..


Mind Your Business


Owning your own business can be extremely rewarding - you are your own boss and the master of your own destiny. ..


The Power Is In Your Hands


When you are making or updating your Will, it is a good time to also make sure you have up-to-date Enduring Powers of Att..


Don't Let Hot Property Land You in Hot Water


Law of the Land, with Nick Earl, of Lyon O'Neale Arnold In Tauranga’s buoyant property market, where houses are repo..


Building a New Home? Read This!


When building a new home, many contracts will be drafted with progress payments throughout and a final payment due on ‘pr..


Changes to the Companies Act


If you are a company director, it is important to be aware of changes to the Companies Act 1993. Some of these..


Introducing Simon Gyenge


A warm welcome to our latest recruit Simon Gyenge. Simon joins the team at Lyon O’Neale Arnold after completing his ..


Wonderful Wonder Women Join Forces


We don’t call it Wonder Women for nothing! Close to 70 amazing women joined us at Wonder Women this month and we are..


Where there's a will there's a way


Law of the Land, with Mike O’Neale, of Lyon O’Neale Arnold. The importance of having a current Will, particul..


Building Amendment Act Update


Thinking of doing some winter renovations to your home? Before you get the builders in, it is important to note that som..


Buying property? Do your homework!


A buoyant property market in the Bay means houses are selling fast. But, in your haste to secure your dream home, don’t n..


Selling online: Your obligations


Online auction websites such as TradeMe can be a useful way of on-selling goods we no longer want or need. They can also ..


Michael Batchelor Retires


Last month we said goodbye to Michael Batchelor, who retired after a 57-year career in law. Michael, who joined..


Downsizing: Making an Informed Choice


Thinking of downsizing or moving into a lifestyle village? If you have reached a stage in life where you feel your property is..


Education from the Ground Up


Denise, who founded the Trust to help break the poverty cycle and transform the lives of children in Cambodia through educatio..


Girl Rising Comes to New Zealand


As part of her work with the Cambodia Charitable Trust, director Denise Arnold is bringing the film Girl Rising to New Zealand..


Trustees: Know Your Obligations and Rights


You might have been asked by a friend or family member to be an independent trustee of a Trust. You may also have been appoint..


Wonderful Women Unite!


Lyon O’Neale Arnold is looking forward to hosting another Wonder Women event this month. The free quarterly speaker ..


Fashionably Charitable


Two Cambodian Schools will be supported for a year, thanks to a fantastic fund-raising event organised by Lyon O’Neale Arnold ..


Commercial Law: Financial difficulty


When a company is in financial difficulty, it might enter voluntary administration, receivership or liquidation. There are imp..


Employment Law: Disciplinary meetings


From time to time, issues arise with employees in workplaces that cause employers concern. These issues are many and varied bu..


Everybody needs good neighbours


In a perfect world, you and your neighbour should be able to resolve any problem by discussing it together. The law is careful..


Greenpeace NZ – Supreme Court Decision


Charities Law in New Zealand begins, as with other common law jurisdictions, in England with the Elizabethan Statute of Charit..


A new Incorporated Societies Act


The Incorporated Societies Act 1908 (‘the Act’) has played a critical role in New Zealand’s development for ..


Health and safety reform on the horizon


The Health and Safety Reform Bill (‘the Bill’) proposes amendments to our current health and safety regime. One pr..


Makeover for trust law proposed


The Law Commission feels a new framework is needed to provide a clear and robust approach for trusts in the 21st Century. They..


Redundancy pitfalls for employers


An employer may make an employee redundant on the basis that there is a genuine work-related reason or business decision for t..


Review of burial and cremation laws


In the immortal words of Benjamin Franklin, “the only certain things in this life are death and taxes”. Whilst tax..


Update: NZ Emissions Trading Scheme


In 2008 the Forestry sector became the first to enter into the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The Energy and Mini..


Your duty of disclosure to your insurer


Have you ever had that nagging feeling that your insurer might, just might, find a reason not to pay out on a claim? ..


Blair Antony Kiddle


It is with sadness that we advise the unexpected death of Blair Kiddle, Director on 01 January 2014...


Our Mount office has moved


Our Mount Maunganui office has moved to Vogue House, 9 Prince Avenue, Mount Maunganui (straight across the road from the previ..


Our New Website is Now Live


After months of careful design and development, our new website is live. ..


New to the Team: Sunny Ward


We are pleased to welcome Sunny Ward to the team, Sunny is a Chinese New Zealand lawyer. Sunny’s Chinese background give..


Purchase of Simpson Aspen Law


On Friday 5 April, Lyon O’Neale Arnold purchased the firm of Simpson Aspen Law on the bottom level of our Tauranga offic..


Lyon O'Neale Arnold

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