Mary Joy joined the Private Client team at Hesketh Henry in 2007 following a decade with firms in New Plymouth and the Kapiti Coast.
Her principal areas of practice are estate planning, trusts, relationship property and estate management.
A specialist in trust law, Mary Joy regularly reviews and provides advice on personal asset management plans. She regularly undertakes complex restructuring, including variation and resettlement of existing structures to ensure they are workable and durable for the future.
Changes in the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 and increasing attacks on trusts mean that the personal circumstances of clients need to be carefully considered when structuring an asset management plan. Mary Joy enjoys building a strategy that will best meet her clients' individual needs.
Mary Joy's experience in the area of family law means she can appreciate family dynamics and manage them with sensitivity.
Her sound knowledge of and experience in wills and succession means Mary Joy is often asked to speak at seminars for Lexis Nexis, and she is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Planning Professionals.
Mary Joy also regularly advises charitable organisations on legal and structuring issues.
Relationships are important to Mary Joy who enjoys catching up with old friends and building new friendships. She applies these skills to her practice and aims to be the kind of legal professional her clients can relate to, developing strong and trusted client relationships.