Family Law — Property: Trusts Act 2019 commentary (new Westlaw New Zealand)
The Trusts chapter in Family Law — Property has been a discursive chapter, rather than the annotated Act format. Professor Peart decided that with the new Act, it would be a good opportunity to use the annotated legislation method, a style much favoured by customers for easier referencing and quicker research. This was an easy decision to agree on, but rather than taking the usual approach of publishing the file and adding commentary on the cases as they come through, Professor Peart decided to include a considerable amount of commentary, explaining the meaning of the sections as well as including useful commentary and case links from the old chapter. This, of course, has resulted in a massive amount of work but an incredibly useful result.
We now have a thorough introduction covering the key changes to the existing law and an overview of areas not covered by the Trusts Act; and we have the Trusts Act with commentary throughout pts 1–3, with the rest of the commentary being added throughout the regular updates, along with commentary for the cases going through the courts now under the new Act as well.
We have not included a comparative table, as is often provided when one Act replaces another, because it would not be possible to achieve an effective result as much of the trusts law now included in the new Act was not in the Trustee Act 1956 but evolved through the courts.
We are indebted to Professor Emeritus Nicola Peart for her initiative and the tremendous amount of work she has put into the product, whilst continuing to undertake her other many and varied weighty responsibilities. She has not made it easy for herself! We are very proud to be able to provide commentary to our hard-working, committed family lawyers and judges by a person of Nicola’s calibre and standing in the field.