WRMK Lawyers is a Whangarei based firm that has opened offices in Kerikeri, Dargaville and now Warkworth, making it one of the largest in the north.
It specialises in advising on contracts of all kinds, from residential and commercial property to business sales and leasing, and on wills, power of attorney and trusts.
Director Patrick Steuart says early advice is always the best option and it is better to get a contract looked over before an issue arises.
“For example, in property sales and purchases a typical issue might be unpermitted works. It’s not uncommon to see a deck or carport that’s been added but hasn’t been consented,” Patrick says.
“The vendor might disclose it but what the client might not be aware of is that as a result they wouldn’t be able to get finance on the house.”
“When it comes to a will, a lawyer can also help make sure intentions are followed through. Particularly where trusts or multiple relationships are involved, there can be complications. For example, if there is an estranged family member then provisions have to be made.”
Patrick has been working as a lawyer in Warkworth for seven years and is the honorary solicitor for Bowls Warkworth.
Lawyer Julia Ingham went to Mahurangi College and worked at a law firm in Warkworth for five years before spending a year commuting to WRMK in Whangarei. Julia says she is delighted to be working back in her home town.
“My favourite part of the job is building relationships with clients and being part of a friendly community. It’s nice working somewhere you know all the locals.
“With Warkworth, you need to take an inter-generational approach. Families have been here for years and you might act on behalf of parents, kids, and then their kids. It’s good to have that continuity and know the background and the circumstances behind it,” Julia says.