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Mary Joy Simpson

LLB / BA
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Mary Joy leads Hesketh Henry's Private Wealth Team.

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.  As a trusted advisor, she assists families as they put in place constitutional documents and establish a family office to manage wealth through the generations.

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 New Zealand Law Society, ADLS and Legalwise.   She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Planning Professionals and is ranked band 1 in the Chambers and Partners HNW Rankings for Private Wealth in New Zealand.

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.

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Partner, Mary Joy Simpson recognised as a Leading Individual 2019.
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Insights & Opinion / Mary Joy Simpson

How will the Trusts Act 2019 affect me?
The Trusts Act 2019 comes into force in less than a year
20.02.2020 Posted in Trust Wills Estates
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
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 Family Law
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
Investment Properties Vulnerable to Relationship Property Claims
It is important to understand that if the Property (Relationships) Act applies
18.02.2016 Posted in Relationship Property Law
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