Dispute resolution for wills, trusts and estates is a key area of Hesketh Henry’s private client practice. Our work in this area is led by Nicola Penman-Chambers, a senior associate with many years of relevant court and trial experience, and supported by a group of partners and associates.
Trust litigation accounts for more than 10% of all High Court litigation in New Zealand; a statistic connected to the Kiwi fondness for family trusts. You can consult our trust and estate litigation lawyers about disputes between trustees, amending trust deeds, resettling a new trust on an old trust, vesting orders, and related matters associated with updating old trusts to suit modern conditions.
If you need legal assistance related to an estate dispute, Hesketh Henry can help with expert advice that aims to resolve situations effectively with minimal stress and expense. Our wills and estates specialists can assist with contesting or challenging a will, a situation that can arise if you’ve been left out of a will and can claim through the Family Protection Act or Testamentary Promises Act. You can also consult us about disputes between beneficiaries and cases involving modifications to a will where undue influence or dementia may be a factor. Another area of our work related to wills is the validation of testamentary documents, which define last wishes but don’t meet all the requirements of a legal will.