Trusts and Asset Protection

Trusts and Asset Protection

Companies, Trusts and individuals can find their assets threatened by unexpected changes in circumstances. These changes often give rise to diverse and complex legal issues. Many of the problems normally encountered, however, can be circumvented or minimised through the use of trusts and other asset protection mechanisms if structured correctly.  Hamertons Lawyers provides a comprehensive trust and asset protection and estate planning service for clients.

We advise on:

  • Formation and use of family trusts
  • Preparation of trust deeds
  • Estate planning and asset protection
  • Estate and trust administration
  • Formation and use of charitable and community trusts
  • The role and duties of executors and trustees
  • Resettlement of assets into modern trust structures
  • The use of trusts and the Property (Relationships) Act 1976
  • Wills
  • Enduring powers of attorney
  • The restructuring and transfer of assets to trusts
  • Forgiveness of debt and gifting programmes
  • Independent trustee services
  • Taxation matters.
  • Government subsidies and other benefits.
  • Rest homes

Brian Carter


Brian joined the team at Hamertons in 1987 after completing his Law degree at Otago University.

Brian supervises a team of six legal staff and is also responsible for trust account administration as the firms “Trust Account Partner”.

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Jude Wilson


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.

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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;

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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.

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