We appear regularly in the Family Court, High Court, and Court of Appeal. We also promote alternative dispute resolution, including mediation.
Trust, relationship property and estate litigation and disputes
We are retained on complex financial cases involving significant assets, both in New Zealand and internationally. We act in litigation involving claims against trustees and executors at common law and under the Trustee Act 1956, Family Protection Act 1952, Law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act 1949 and Wills Act 2007.
Relationship property disputes
We deal with claims arising upon the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship or the death of a partner or spouse. Although retained predominantly as counsel for one or other of the parties to a marriage or de facto relationship breakdown, as part of that process, we frequently deal with property and valuation issues, not only between couples, but them and their closely held interests in nuptial entities such as family trusts, companies, and partnerships.
Protection of Personal and Property Rights
We act in Family Court litigation in relation to the care and protection of incapacitated persons under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988, including applications for review of decisions of attorneys, property managers and welfare guardians, and applications for appointment of property managers and welfare guardians.