Estates

When a person dies, their assets, such as their house and bank accounts, must be dealt with.  The assets or property of a person who has died are known as their Estate. 

Hamertons has an experienced Estate administration team.  If the person who has died has left a Will it may be necessary to apply to the High Court for Probate of the Will, depending on the type and value of the assets in the Estate.  If Probate is needed we can make the application to the High Court, then work with the executors to administer the Estate.  If Probate is not required we can assist the executors to deal with the Estate as stated in the Will.  If the person who has died has not left a Will, it may be necessary for a close relative to apply to the High Court for Letters of Administration.  Hamertons can help prepare the application and assist in the administration of the Estate.

Jude Wilson

Director

Jude Wilson initially joined Hamertons in February 2004 as a Law Clerk after having been a primary school teacher.  Jude undertook study by correspondence to qualify as a Legal Executive and completed her studies in October 2006. In 2008 Jude began a Law degree through the University of Waikato, which she completed in June 2011.  She was admitted to the bar in March 2012.  Following her admission to the Bar she moved into a Staff Solicitor role and was made a Director on 1 April 2016.

j [dot] wilson [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz | Secretary: a.haycock@hamertons.co.nz
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Saraya Ngatai

Lawyer

Saraya is of Ngati Awa, Ngati Porou, Ngati Maniapoto and Ngai Tahu descent.

Saraya obtained conjoint degrees in Law and Social Sciences (Psychology) from the University of Waikato.  She graduated in 2012 and spent the next two years immersed in Māori Land Law at the Waikato Maniapoto Māori land court, an area of law about which she is very passionate.

s [dot] ngatai [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz | Secretary: m.bain-bakker@hamertons.co.nz
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Steven Stebbings

Lawyer

Steven Stebbings joined Hamertons in June 2015. Steven completed a Business degree at Massey University before moving to Hamilton to complete a law degree at the University of Waikato.  Following Steven’s studies he was admitted to the New Zealand High Court as a Barrister and Solicitor.

s [dot] stebbings [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz | Secretary: k.clay@hamertons.co.nz
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Dawn Timmins

Legal Executive

Dawn has almost 30 years legal experience, and was admitted to the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives in 1994. She specialises in the fields of conveyancing; property law; commercial and company law; and estates, wills and trusts;

d [dot] timmins [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz | More information »

Megan Van Westbrook

Legal Executive

Megan qualified as a Legal Executive in 1986 after undertaking two years part time study at Auckland Technical Institute and for the past ten years has been a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives.  Megan works independently and is part of Brian Carter’s team.  For over 20 years Megan has been based in our Kawerau office.

megan [dot] vanwestbrook [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz | More information »