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  • Published: 4 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869798079
  • Imprint: Random House NZ
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $29.99

Family Trusts

The Must-Have New Zealand Guide - How to Manage and Protect Your Family Trust




The one book all family trust managers and members should own

Family trusts are as popular today as ever. A family trust offers you the benefits, use and control of your assets and doesn’t penalise you for owning them. Clear and straight-forward, and aimed at the layperson, Family Trusts includes up-to-date advice, with real-life examples and answers to commonly asked questions throughout. It has sold well over 100,000 copies since it was first published and is an essential book for anyone curious about family trusts, whether they are self-employed, a business owner, a wage and salary earner or retired. ‘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 Hawes. This seventh revised edition includes a section on effective management of your trust; many people manage their trusts as if the assets in the trust were still their own, and keep poor records of the trust’s transactions. Inadequate management can lead to accusations that the trust is a sham. Drawing on his vast experience, Martin Hawes explains how to keep correct records and minutes, and to manage your trust so that it is resilient in the face of a challenge.

  • Pub date: 4 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869798079
  • Imprint: Random House NZ
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Martin Hawes

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 100,000 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. Hawes writes a column for the Sunday Star Times and does a weekly piece on Radio Live with Duncan Garner. He has previously written for the National Business Review, The New Zealand Listener, the Accountants' Journal, North & South, The New Zealand Herald and the Herald on Sunday.

His television appearances include presenting the nightly programme Financial Secrets, and as an expert presenter on The School of Home Truths, both of which screened on TV One. See his personal website at www.martinhawes.com.

Hawes’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 interest.co.nz, 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.’

Hawes’s titles include: Letters to Aston — lessons learned from a lifetime of investment; Investing for Twenty Good Summers; The School of Home Truths; Financial Secrets: The Guide to Everyday Finances; Shares — seven ways to beat the market; Eight Secrets of Investment Success; Five Ways to Save More Money on Your Mortgage; Successful Super — your money life-line to financial freedom; Save Money on Your Mortgage; Property Investment — a strategy for success; Family Trusts — a New Zealand guide; The NZ Investment Guide; and The Money Map.

Martin lives in Queenstown and in his spare time enjoys rock climbing, mountaineering, cycling, fishing and skiing.

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