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Dispute resolution

We focus on cost-effective and practical solutions to disputes. We put ourselves in your shoes and give advice as though it was our money or reputation at stake. We won’t sit on the fence – you’ll get realistic and practical advice on the prospects of success, the potential risks and the costs involved.


We can help with:

  • contractual disputes – both personal and business
  • construction
  • debt collection
  • employment
  • franchising
  • insurance
  • IT contracts
  • product liability
  • property
  • relationship property
  • transport or motor vehicle disputes
  • weathertightness

    Estate litigation (challenging a Will)

    When a Will is seen to be unfair or promises have not been kept, it may be possible to make a challenge to the Will. Grief and difficult family dynamics can make this a stressful process – we can guide you through it with compassion and experience.


    We can advise you on:

    • whether circumstances exist to challenge the validity of a Will
    • whether you can make a claim challenging the contents of a valid Will.


    A Will might be challenged as invalid on the grounds that:

    • it wasn’t properly witnessed
    • the deceased lacked sufficient mental capacity to make a valid Will
    • there was undue influence on the deceased by someone benefiting under the Will.


    You may be able to challenge the contents of a valid Will under:

    • the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 – the deceased’s surviving spouse or partner can claim their share of relationship property instead of accepting the terms of the Will
    • the Family Protection Act 1955 – by alleging that the deceased has not made adequate provision for the proper maintenance and support of their immediate family
    • the Law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act 1949 – by alleging that the deceased has not fulfilled a promise to reward services or work done for the deceased by making a provision in the Will.


    We Can Help

    With All Of Your Legal Needs

    If there is an area of law which we are unable to help we can refer you to someone who can.


    Buying or Selling a Property




    Setting up and Administration of Trusts


    Family Law


    Employment Law


    Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney


    Dispute Resolution


    Business and Commercial Legal Advice


    Charity and NFP Legal Advice



    0800 TMF LAW

    04 472 5079





    Office Address

    Level 2
    38-42 Waring Taylor Street
    Wellington 6011

    Postal Address

    PO Box 5003
    Wellington 6140
    DX SP 22509

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