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We’re a highly qualified,
culturally diverse team of legal professionals

Based in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Kannangara Thomson represents our entire Canterbury community. We specialise in providing practical legal advice and support for every aspect of your life’s journey, from buying your first home, making a business move to planning a secure retirement.

Our people

Working as one team with different life experiences and expertise, we offer a full wrap-around legal service that encompasses both the personal and professional. We speak your language. Between us, we speak a number of different languages, and make the language of law accessible.

Latest articles

Having a Trust & Being a Trustee Can be Complex & Take Time to Manage

Trust Administration Service A trust can be a valuable way of protecting assets held for the benefit of others.  Kannangara Thomson recognises that clients may need help with meeting their trust obligations and with the duties of being a trustee. Duties and obligations for trustees are increasing and it can be difficult to keep up…

What You Need to Know About the Trusts Act 2019

What You Need to Know About the Trusts Act 2019 The Trusts Act 2019 came into force on 30 January 2021.  It replaces the Trustee Act 1956 and applies to all existing and future trusts in New Zealand. The Act is intended to make trust law simpler, more transparent, and more accessible to the general…

Family Trusts & Asset Protection

No matter what your financial worth is, a lot of hard work has gone into building your asset base (big or small).  There is an element of risk behind every major personal or financial decision that you make, for example beginning a relationship, starting a business, or buying a house. This is a time to…

Occupying Right Agreements

Retirement Lifestyle villages have a number of different ways that they grant rights of occupation of property to their residents. These are all bound by some government restrictions. Most villages use Occupation Right Agreements. It is important to understand what you are entering into and the specialist elder law Team at Kannangara Thomson can assist…

WINZ Rest Home Subsidies

This is a complex and specialist area covering the circumstances in which individuals can qualify for assistance from the government to pay for the not inconsiderable rest home fees that can be involved where a person is living in a rest home or indeed receiving constant hospital care in the hospital wing of a rest…

What are Enduring Powers of Attorney?

Have you wondered what happens when you can no longer manage your affairs? The Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988 allows you to appoint people you trust to manage your affairs under Enduring Powers of Attorney. These documents come in two forms, one for personal care and welfare and the second for property…

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