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Wills & Estates

Our estate planning experts ensure your Will does what you want it to

Hesketh Henry has dedicated estate planning lawyers to help you with writing a will.  Their daily work involves the Family Protection Act, the Law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act, and the Property (Relationships) Act, so you can expect the highest level of knowledge and efficiency when it comes to documenting your final wishes.

If you’ve been searching the internet to find out how to make a will and the cost of making a will, a simple phone call to Hesketh Henry can provide the answers you need.

It’s possible you might also want to set up a family trust, as a form of asset protection for the future. Hesketh Henry can help you with that too. We have a specialist team of estate planning lawyers for trust formation and administration, trust restructuring and trust resettlement.

Need advice on Wills & Estates?
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Examples of work completed by our team include:

Key Contacts
Partner, Mary Joy Simpson ranked in Band 1 of the prestigious Chambers HNW (High Net Worth) Directory 2021.
Partner, John Kirkwood ranked in the prestigious Chambers HNW (High Net Worth) Directory 2021.
Partner, Emma Tonkin ranked in the prestigious Chambers HNW (High Net Worth) Directory 2021.

Insights & Opinion / Wills & Estates

Is your will in draft form?  High Court refuses to exercise its discretionary power to validate a draft will notwithstanding beneficiaries’ consent
The High Court’s recent decision in Re: An application to validate the will of Olive Ruby Piper [2021] NZHC 534 serves as a valuable reminder to make sure that your estate planning documents are...
16.09.2021 Posted in Private Wealth
Take Care with Beneficiary Loan Accounts in Credit
It is common for family trusts to resolve that a distribution be made to beneficiaries but the actual amount paid to the beneficiaries is less than the authorised “distribution”.  In the ...
04.02.2020 Posted in Private Wealth
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 Private Wealth
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 Private Wealth
Your will is your way?
Preparing a will means that a person can be reassured that on their death, their assets will be distributed according to their wishes
23.08.2017 Posted in Private Wealth
The importance of ensuring your will is up-to-date
You should review your will every five years
21.07.2017 Posted in Private Wealth
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 Private Wealth
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