I have engaged lawyers (who I have not dealt with before) to convey my property. New Zealand being "in lockdown" due to COVID19 has somewhat complicated the transaction. The advice I have received from my lawyers has been inconsistent due, I expect, to lack of case history and certainty.
After their providing guidelines/suggestions I was a bit surprised that the lawyer stated "As lawyers we are not permitted to advise you what decision to make and it is up to you which risk you see as the 'best'"
Is it legally correct that a lawyer is not permitted to provide advice on what decision to make (in New Zealand)? I'm just wondering if they have said this to 'cover their backs' and are dressing it up as a legal constraint?