Trusts and Estates

As the South Island's largest estates team we advise on the most complex situations - assisting our clients to put their affairs in order or carefully managing their estate to give effect to their wishes.


It is hard to imagine any conversations more difficult than those discussing the death of loved ones. The team at Cavell Leitch were informative, patient, thorough and communicated brilliantly. Simply outstanding!

Some of our recent projects have included:

Dealing with a complex estate with overseas beneficiaries who were unaware of their entitlements.

Administration of an estate fraught with unresolved family issues and seeing it through to completion with compassion and understanding, leaving all family members happy.

Implementation of substantial family ownership structure to preserve intergenerational wealth.

Formation of charitable trust for a specific pacific islands cause including obtaining official charitable status.

Review of a complex family trust structure and implementation of resettlement onto new more clearly defined trusts.

Areas of

Trusts and Estates Team


Senior Associates

Senior Solicitors


Estates Managers

Legal Secretaries

Parental Leave

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