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It is becoming increasingly difficult to save for a deposit on a house, and luckily for some, generous parents are able to help out so that their children can get their first step on the property ladder. These agreements begin with the best of intentions, however, things can go wrong down the track when the parties have a different understanding of what was agreed to with a key dispute being whether the money was a gift or a loan. This seminar will help enable you to work effectively with your clients in ensuring clarity about what is being agreed to and in providing robust advice if issues do emerge.

This seminar will include:

  • A breakdown of the different ways in which parents can assist children with purchasing their first home
  • An examination of the difficulties that can arise when gifting or loaning money to children for first home purchase
  • A discussion of the applicable legal principles, including an outline of relevant case law
  • An explanation of the need for analysis of the situation; cross checking facts, competing narratives, cultural influence
  • Best practice checklists

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will gain:

  • A practical tips checklist to relevant laws.
  • Increased knowledge on best practice in regards to case preparation.
  • Knowledge of the common pitfalls to watch out for and how to avoid falling into these traps.

Who should attend

Civil Litigators, family lawyers, property practitioners, trusts and estates lawyers.


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the powerpoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm (tea and coffee available on arrival)

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $115 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $165 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

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Auckland 22 November
Live Web Stream  22 November


Ben Sneddon WEB EDIT Ben Snedden
Barrister, Hobson Chambers, Auckland

Ben is a barrister specialising in family law. He has been practising law since 2002 both in

JeremySutton WEB EDIT Jeremy Sutton
Barrister, Bastion Chambers, Auckland

Jeremy is a senior family lawyer, specialising where there are significant assets, including family trusts and complex business structures.

Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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Gift or Loan? - Auckland

22 November - NZLS Auckland Branch

NZ $165.00
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Gift or Loan? - Live Web Stream

22 November - At your desk or device

NZ $165.00
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