Session 3: Stream A: Wills and Trusts Hot Topics (Live Stream)

Session ID: WEB183NZW01E
Date: Thursday, 01 March 2018
Time: 03:15pm - 06:30pm
Venue: This live web seminar is being streamed from WELLINGTON

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Date: Thursday 01 March 2018
Time: 3.15pm to 6.30pm
Live Stream

Attend and earn 3 CPD hours

Back by popular demand! Our 10 CPD Hours in Wellington program returns for the fifth consecutive year running with two streams to pick and choose from throughout the day so now you can choose from commercial and public law streams. You will be hear the hottest topics, key legislative updates, highly regarded speakers and all in one convenient and efficient day.

Chair: Phillip Green, Barrister

Spousal Maintenance: Overview and Update

  • Interim vs final orders Applying under s63 or 64 of the Family Proceedings Act 1980
  • Overseas Maintenance
  • Discharge

Presented by Rachael Dewar, Principal and Frances Williams, Associate, Rachael Dewar Law

Probate and Estate Administration

  • Disclosure of unsigned wills
  • Disclosure of capacity issues
  • Declarations of Family History
  • Section 9 searches
  • Advertising for creditors
  • Barriers to distribution
  • Statutory timeframes

Presented by Henry Stokes, Senior Trusts Solicitor, Public Trust

Economic Disparity Claims in the Division of Relationship Property

  • What section 15 is supposed to achieve
  • A review of recent and significant cases
  • The different approaches to preparing a claim

Presented by Jacinda Rennie, Partner and Helen Tyree, Associate, McWilliam Rennie Lawyers

Learning Objectives:

  • Stay up to date on spousal maintenance issues
  • Gain a deeper understanding on economic disparity claims
  • Master probate and estate administration practice and procedure

Chair: Phillip Green

Phillip Green is a barrister who solely mediates and arbitrates disputes. He was named as one of the top 10 commercial and family mediators and arbitrators in NBR Law Fuel IN 2015 and 2016. Phillip has over 30 years' mediation and arbitration experience. He is Founding President of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ). He was appointed Adjunct Professor in Dispute Resolution by Massey University and has held the positions of Director of the University Dispute Resolution Centre, and Director of Professional Studies for the AMINZ. He is both a Fellow of AMINZ and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. In 2013 he was appointed by UNESCO to its panel as international mediator and conciliator for international property disputes concerning repatriation of cultural property. He lectures in NZ, Australia and the States. Phillip is author and co-author of 7 texts mainly on ADR. His co-authored work with Professor Laurence Boulle and Virginia Goldblatt on learning and applying mediator skills was published by LexisNexis IN 2016. Also to be published in 2017 is a text on understanding anger in the context of negotiation, co- authored. This text will be published by the American Bar Association. For further information see

Rachael Dewar

Rachael Dewar has 25 years experience in family law, including 12 years as the family law partner at Tripe Matthews & Feist in Wellington and since 2010 in her own firm, Rachael Dewar Law. She now has three other lawyers in the firm all specialising in family law. Areas of practice include relationship property, contracting out agreements, Family Protection Act claims, child law, surrogacy and mediation. Rachael appears regularly in the Family Court and is a senior lawyer for child and a member of the NZLS Panel of Mediators. She is an active member of the Wellington branch NZLS Family Court Committee and in June 2015 Rachael joined the FLS Executive. Previously Rachael has presented seminars on relationship property, mediation/FDR and women in law topics to both local and international groups. Rachael is married with 2 adult children.

Frances Williams

Frances Williams has over 15 years' experience specializing in family law, with a particular interest in relocation and relationship property matters. Frances is an Associate at Rachael Dewar Law, a specialist Family Law firm in the Wellington CBD. Prior to that Frances was an Associate at Tripe Matthews & Feist. As well as advocating for clients, Frances acts as Lawyer for Child and Counsel to Assist the Court. Frances is committed to ongoing education for lawyers and to a focus on "best practice", particularly in the ever-changing area of family law. Frances has previously co-presented a workshop on Contracting Out Agreements for Legalwise and for the Wairarapa Bar, along with Rachael Dewar. Frances graduated from the University of Otago in 2000 with a law degree and a Master's Degree on New Zealand poet, Allen Curnow. Early in her career Frances was an editor with a leading New Zealand legal publisher in the area of family law. Today Frances continues to maintain a focus on legal research in her practice to the benefit of her clients. Frances balances her busy family law practice with her family commitments as a parent of two young children.

Jacinda Rennie

Jacinda Rennie is a lawyer specialising in family law at McWilliam Rennie in Wellington. She graduated from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours, and was admitted to the bar in 1996. Jacinda and Leona McWilliam formed McWilliam Rennie, a boutique practice in central Wellington specialising in family law in 2009. Jacinda has been a co-author of Brookers Family Law - Family Property since 2007. Jacinda has also presented seminars for the New Zealand Law Society on s 21 agreements and on relationship property matters after death.

Helen Tyree

Helen Tyree is an Associate at McWilliam Rennie, specialising in family law. Helen graduated from Otago University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Laws and from Brunel University of London in 2003 with a Master of Laws in Child Law and Policy (with distinction). From 2003 she worked in firms in Taranaki specialising in family law, and has been with McWilliam Rennie in Wellington since 2014. As well as acting for clients in all areas of family law, Helen undertakes regular appointments as lawyer for child and as lawyer for subject persons under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act. She is also a co-author of Brookers Family Law- Family Property.

Henry Stokes

Henry Stokes has been in private practice and acted as in-house counsel for a combined period of 20 years. He is currently a senior trusts solicitor for Public Trust. Henry specialises in the areas of wills, estates, trusts (both family and charitable) and protection of personal and property rights matters, including appearing in the Family Court and High Court. Henry advises on all areas from the preparation and implementation stages through to the disputes, claims and proceedings stages.

Venue Details

The InterContinental Wellington

Level 1, 2 Grey St
Wellington 6011

Ph: 64 4 47227722


Limited valet parking available at NZ$20 per day. Additional parking

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has a number of buses going to airport and suburbs. It's a 10 min walk to

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Taxis are also available downstairs at the hotel entry.

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