Sarah Hartley - Solicitor

Sarah Hartley - Solicitor

Solicitor at Mortlock McCormack Law but based in Lincoln. Offering legal advice that fits your lifestyle. Message / call for a no obligations chat.

Flexible meeting times and locations to make your life easier. I am a solicitor based in Lincoln with a passion for helping clients achieve results and navigate issues. I focus on providing legal advice in a flexible way to make your life easier. Meeting times outside office hours, meeting you where it suits you and generally trying to provide an efficient and convenient service. If you have legal queries in any of the following areas, or need general legal advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch:

- Property Law
- Commercial and Company Law
- Insurance Law
- Employment Law
- Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning

My aim is to do the best for my clients in a friendly and pragmatic way. If you would like to discuss an issue or have a query, please get in touch.

Operating as usual


Beautiful sunrise in Lincoln this morning.


Chris Lynch

Well look who it is...a bit of information if you’re considering refinancing to take advantage of the amazing interest rates around at the moment.

Considering refinancing your home loan? Christchurch based Mortgage advisor Kim Laurenson from MYlend & property lawyer Sarah Hartley from Mortlock McCormack Law discuss what you need to know first. #supportlocal #Christchurch #advertisement


Week 2 starts with coffee...#mobilelawyer


And that’s a wrap....goodbye 2020 working year, hello Mr Claus.

Mortlock McCormack Law is closed until 6 January. But we’ll be ready to help you again in 2021.

Now it’s time to eat, drink, relax and watch these wee faces light up tomorrow morning. My first year being a working mum of two has been a different one (thanks Covid), but worth it. Thanks to my clients old and new, it’s been a pleasure. See you all soon.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas...


Does the new euthanasia law mean your attorney can decide to end your life?

Does the new Euthanasia law that’s coming mean your attorney can decide to end your life?

Appointing someone as your attorney for your personal care and welfare is a big decision, but the onus on the person you appoint should not be overloooked. We checked with our resident expert about whether the new law that is coming will mean that onus just got even more serious!


Great tips for employees but also something to be mindful of as an employer. Be very aware of what you ask and why.

Top Tip Tuesday:
Can a potential employer ask you ANYTHING at a job interview?

In New Zealand, there are questions which are illegal, as they are discriminatory.

These questions CAN'T be asked, when you are interviewing for a job:

🙅 Are you married?
🙅 Who do you vote for?
🙅 How old are you?
🙅 What’s your current employment status?
🙅 What religion are you?
🙅 Are you pregnant or planning on starting a family?

If an employer asks about your sexual orientation, gender identity, relationship status, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political opinions, employment status, age or family status, then they might be discriminating against you. Questions around disabilities can be discriminatory if they don’t relate to your ability to do the job.

Consider the role - if the job requires heavy lifting or physical tasks, then your physical condition would be relevant. If you are wanting to work in a casino or bar, then your age could be relevant.

How to handle a question you think is illegal or discriminatory?
Be tactful but assertive, here's some answers you could use:
"I'd like to know more about how that is relevant to this role."
"I don't think this question relates to the role requirements; is there anything else you want to know?"

Here's a good NZ government resource to find out more:


Compulsory stop on a long weekend road trip. Happy Show Weekend Canterbury people.


Evening appointments, works for me, works for them. #flexibleworking #mobilelawyer #willsandtrusts


Power of Attorney vs Enduring Power of Attorney

You asked, we have answered. I sat down with Margaret Mary De Goldi to answer your questions on powers of attorney. There is a lot of misinformation out there so hopefully the series of videos will help clarify things. If you do want to discuss whether getting an Enduring Power of Attorney is right for you just get in touch. Click on the link below for a full video of our discussion.


'Going to get worse': Economist's dire warning for renters as interest rates plummet

Are you about to hit up the bank of mum and dad? Or do you have cash saved and suddenly not getting any return? Good news is a private loan can be win/win. We can help you to prepare loan documents and potentially secure your investment. If you’re the lender or the borrower and want to discuss your options get in touch with me for a no obligation chat.

Inequality and housing affordability are only going to get worse as interest rates drop further, an economist has warned.


Sarah Hartley - Solicitor's cover photo


Everyone has heard of a will, but do you know much about Enduring Powers of Attorney? I’ve had some questions come through since posting the article the other day. We will be answering these queries in a video chat with our in house expert Margaret Mary De Goldi soon. So if you’re unsure or want to know anything message me or comment below and all will be revealed. 28/09/2020

Do You Need Enduring Powers of Attorney? - Mortlock McCormack Law | Property and Commercial Law | Christchurch, New Zealand

Think your next-of-kin can look after things if you get hit by a Ford Ranger? Think again. Enduring powers of attorney work when you’re alive, before your will kicks in. Read the article attached and don’t be a Colin. Do you want to be Adrienne or Colin? Scenario A – Adrienne Once upon a time, Adrienne visited Mortlock McCormack Law and took advice about Enduring Powers of Attorney. Adrienne knew a bit about them, but at her meeting with us she realised that getting to choose her own attorneys and ensuring that...


Mortlock McCormack Law

Our lawyers appeared in the High Court last week acting for an interested party supporting validation of an unsigned electronic will. These disputes can be costly for all involved and can significantly delay the administration of an estate.
Make sure you and your loved ones have a properly executed will and avoid the need to apply to the High Court to have a will validated.
If you, or a loved one, need to update or get a will, talk to us.
Emily Flaszynski, Associate [email protected] / Jamie Stanton, Senior Solicitor [email protected]


As far as assistants go, this one is very bossy.


This flexible working is really working. Love being out and about. #mobilelawyer #propertylaw #selwyn #christchurch


Have you been meaning to talk to a lawyer about something? Wills, property matters? To make it easier I've just added a BOOK NOW button. If you're in the Lincoln, Tai Tapu, Halswell or Prebbleton area I can meet with you at your house or a local cafe at a time that suits. Use the button or message me.
#lawyer #mobilelawyer #selwyndistrict #propertylaw


I’m back...

Kids dropped off, car parked, arrived on time. So far so good. But it is only day 1!


The Brainstorm Room

Have you got a Family Trust? Big changes are coming and the onus is on you to know what that means. Check out this video for a heads up.

Have a Family Trust? Then Brace Yourself.

People who think their family trust protected their most valuable assets, need to think again.

The new legislation creates additional liabilities and accountability for trustees!

As of 1st February next year, many things about family trusts will change.

If you have a family trust, you have a responsibility to be aware of the changes and will need to make some decisions about the future of your trust.

Register for this free webinar hosted by one of the most knowledgeable trust lawyers in New Zealand.

Andrew Logan, Senior Partner at Mortlock McCormack contributed to the new legislation so he knows what he’s talking about.

Andrew talks in plain English and will highlight the major changes and what to do next.

Register here for free.


When the world seems to be going a little mad you can count on one thing remaining the same, the daffodils that pop up in September. So good! Last week at home smelling the daffodils for me. Eekkk 30/08/2020

Here's why we need to urgently review the Building Act

Time for a revamp of the consenting process? It’s not easy as I’ve learnt myself. One of the many things people building need to consider. Getting your Building Contract checked before you commit to a project is a good idea to check all these things are covered and you know who is doing what and the costs. OPINION: ​ Apparently you can build almost anything but in reality…. not so much.


So excited to be returning from parental leave on 7 September. New name, new energy but same client focussed service. I cannot wait.


Sarah Hartley - Solicitor

Thank you for all the new "likes"today. I've created this page to make contacting me easier if you're looking for legal advice. Based in Christchurch and visiting Temuka clients regularly, I'm always keen to speak with potential new clients so feel free to get in touch. Thanks

Solicitor at Mortlock McCormack Law but based in Lincoln. Offering legal advice that fits your lifestyle. Message / call for a no obligation chat. Flexible meeting times and locations to make your life easier.


Sarah Hartley - Solicitor's cover photo


Sarah Hartley - Solicitor

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