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dispute resolution

Disputes over wills, estates or assets held in family trust are unfortunately quite common and can 
cause a lot of emotional as well as financial concern.

Going to court is not the only way to resolve disputes. Our focus is on achieving the best practical outcome for our clients. But some issues are worth fighting for, and when litigation is the best option, you want to have the best team working for you.

At Patterson Hopkins we have extensive experience in advising claimants and those resisting these types of claim. We assist with resolving disagreements, or where this is not possible, acting for clients in court.

Some examples of the work we do:

advising on interpretation of wills and trusts where the meaning of the document is unclear.

acting for trustees or beneficiaries where claims are made in trust disputes.

bringing or defending claims under the Family Protection Act 1955 and the Law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act 1949.

applying to the court for the removal of personal representatives or trustees where that is required.

applying for directions in relation to administration of estates and trusts.

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