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Martin Hawes Family Trusts (Revised and Updated)

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With a major law change in early 2021, all people who have formed trusts will need to bring the management of their trusts into line with the new legislation. Find out how!

In 2021, The Trusts Act 2019 comes into force. This is the first major trust law reform in New Zealand in 70 years. Many of the key changes are aimed at making trust law more accessible to both lawyers and the public, strengthening the ability of beneficiaries to hold trustees to account.

Anyone involved in a family trust will need to find out about the changes introduced by this new Act. Many will choose to wind up the trust, and those that keep them will need to change how they manage them, so this book is an essential tool.

A family trust offers you the benefits, use and control of your assets. Clear and straight-forward, and aimed at the layperson, Family Trusts includes up-to-date advice by New Zealand's leading financial writer, with real-life examples and answers to commonly asked questions throughout.

This book has sold well over 120,000 copies since it was first published and is an essential book for anyone curious about family trusts or involved with a trust.

‘In my experience, 75 per cent of family trusts in New Zealand are so badly arranged or managed that they could easily be attacked and overturned in court... managing a trust badly is a bit like insuring the contents of your house but then going on holiday and leaving the doors wide open,’ says Martin Hawes.

This is the one book anyone involved with a family trust should own.

Author Biography:

Martin Hawes is New Zealand’s most widely-known and trusted finance adviser and writer, whose many successful financial and investment books are written for the layperson.

His book Family Trusts has sold well over 120,000 copies. He is a popular media figure, seminar presenter and keynote speaker. An authorised financial adviser, Martin and his partner, Joan Baker, run wealth coaching for individuals and couples.

In addition, he holds a small number of independent, non-executive directorships. He has previously written for the National Business ReviewThe New Zealand Listener, the Accountants' JournalNorth & SouthThe New Zealand Herald and the Herald on Sunday.

See his personal website at

Martin’s bestselling books encompass long-term life planning, maximising financial potential in the earning years, and knowing the ins and outs of the various players and products of the finance industry. Down-to-earth advice is illustrated by practical example, in helping Baby Boomers and future generations prepare for financially secure and personally enriched retirement years.

Amanda Morrell, writing for, praised Hawes’s direct and accessible approach, writing: ‘As a book geared to general audiences, you won't find the usual financial jargon and intimidating equations for wealth creation. Instead, Hawes works with the basics and impresses upon readers the importance of the building blocks as a means to reaching one's goals.’

Martin’s titles include: Letters to Aston — lessons learned from a lifetime of investmentInvesting for Twenty Good SummersThe School of Home TruthsFinancial Secrets: The Guide to Everyday FinancesShares — seven ways to beat the marketEight Secrets of Investment SuccessFive Ways to Save More Money on Your MortgageSuccessful Super — your money life-line to financial freedomSave Money on Your MortgageProperty Investment — a strategy for successFamily Trusts — a New Zealand guide; The NZ Investment Guide; and The Money Map.

Martin lives in Christchurch.

Product Details:

Author Martin Hawes
Imprint Random House NZ
ISBN-10 0143775308
ISBN-13 9780143775300
Format Paperback
Publication Date 3 November 2020
Pages 208
Subtitle The Must-Have New Zealand Guide
Language English
Audience General/Trade

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