Private Wealth


Specialised law services for tailor-made family and not-for-profit trusts

New Zealand has more trusts per head of population than anywhere in the world. It’s clear that individuals, families, businesses and not-for-profit organisations in this country are making the most of the effective asset protection and succession planning that comes with a carefully structured trust.

If you’re wondering how to start a trust, or deliberating the pros and cons of a trust, Hesketh Henry has a specialist team of estate planning lawyers for trust formation and administration. If you have an existing trust, our trust specialists can help you with the review, restructuring or resettlement in times of change. Educating trustees about their responsibilities is also part of our service.

We understand that everyone’s personal circumstances are different, which is why we don’t offer a ‘one size fits all’ solution for wills and trusts. When you work with Hesketh Henry you will receive tailor-made advice that leads to a purpose-built trust strategy and structure. Our expertise with family trust law extends to resolving disputes by arbitration, mediation or negotiation and, where necessary, through litigation.

For a copy of our Family Trust Booklet please contact the team.

Need advice on Trusts?
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Insights & Opinion / Trusts

A trust on a trust – how strange is that?
In New Zealand we are trust crazy and owning a home in trust is common place. For many, just as for Mr Hodgkinson in Judd v Hawkes Bay Trustee Company Limited [2016] NZCA 397, the trust has been set u...
21.10.2019 Posted in Trust Wills Estates
Hesketh Henry’s Private Wealth Team are leading the way
"Dynamite Lawyers" as quoted in the new Chambers HNW directory for 2019
16.07.2019 Posted in Trust Wills Estates
Hesketh Henry Ranked in the new Chambers and Partners HNW (High Net Worth) Guide
We are pleased to announce that the prestigious Chambers and Partners HNW Guide have ranked partner Mary Joy Simpson and the firm in the first Chambers HNW section devoted to the New Zealand private W...
02.08.2018 Posted in Trust Wills Estates
Is an Inheritance Trust Worthwhile?
How can parents protect the inheritance they will provide their children
21.03.2017 Posted in Trust Wills Estates
A Historic Section Revived
The Supreme Court decision of Clayton v Clayton has given new insight into the operation of section 182, Family Proceedings Act 1980
24.11.2016 Posted in Trust Wills Estates
Is Your Home Held in a Family Trust? – The New Tax Changes Affect You!
The Government’s announced law changes dealing with taxation of property came into effect on 1 October 2015 and will have a significant impact on all property owners who hold their family home in a ...
28.10.2015 Posted in Trust Wills Estates
A beneficiary’s right to information – what should trustees disclose?
There have been a number of recent cases where beneficiaries have gone to court to seek information about the activities of a trust of which they are a beneficiary.  The cases have helped shed light ...
03.02.2015 Posted in Trust Wills Estates
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