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We guide you through the important process of making a Will

Every adult should have a will

Your will is a legal document that can help make sure the people and assets you love are taken care of once you’re gone. It documents who is responsible for carrying out your final wishes.  This person becomes the executor of your will.


Our team are experts in preparing wills and estate administration. Every client that we act for is different and every will we prepare is different too. Each will we prepare is handcrafted with care and consideration to ensure that all your wishes, and even some of the stuff you hadn’t thought about, are taken care of.


The best time to get a will is right now! If you were to die suddenly with no will prepared, your assets do not automatically get transferred to your partner and the government will use a formula to divide up your possessions.  It also pays to update your will from time to time, such as in the case of major life events like getting married or divorced. If you get married, the will you wrote before marriage is no longer valid.

Having a will can greatly benefit your family.

If your will is not up to date, the last will you signed, even if it’s outdated, is the one used when you die. Wills are not just about the assets and property being left to people, they also identify the person you want to look after your children in the event of your untimely death. 


We know that it can be confronting to prepare a will. Questions like “Who will look after my young children?” can be difficult to think about. We understand that. Give us a call and we can start the process for you today.

What’s Covered in my Will


Your will can include instructions on how to cover the following:

  • How you would like your funeral to be carried out
  • Providing for any trust that you wish to leave assets, money or property
  • Providing for your partner, children, grandchildren, other family members or friends
  • Specific bequests such as  jewellery, artwork, cash payments, or furniture for any family members or friends
  • Any money that you want to leave to charity organisations

Setting up a Will


If you would like us to prepare your will, the first step is to complete the form below and return it to us. We will contact you to make an appointment. If you are instructing us to complete your will, please keep in mind:

  • Due to the new “Brightline” tax laws, we recommend that you do not choose an executor for your will who resides outside of New Zealand. This is currently causing delays and unnecessary expenses to families in obtaining Estate IRD Numbers which are required to sell estate property and file compulsory estate tax returns.


Please complete the following form which includes guidelines on how your will should be structured:

Once your appointment time has been confirmed, you will need to bring  the following with you when attending the meeting:

  • Your current driver’s licence or passport or other government-issued photo ID. If you do not have a suitable ID, please let us know.
  • Proof of Address, which could be an original rates bill, utility bill or bank statement. This document must not be more than three months old.
  • A copy of the completed will request form referred to above.
Sort out your will today with help from us.