Trusts and Estates Litigation


Cavell Leitch has considerable experience working for executors, trustees and beneficiaries of estates, settlors, trustees and beneficiaries of trusts and charitable trusts. 

Our experience includes representing clients in the District Court, High Court, and Courts of Appeal as well as in arbitrations, mediations and negotiations.

We have an in-depth understanding of the relevant regulatory framework in trusts and estates including family protections claims, testamentary promise claims and claims under the Wills Act and Trustee Act.

Recent work:

  • Representing adult children who were excluded from their estranged father’s will in a family protection claim;

  • Representing adult children against a step parent who frustrated an award of their entitlements from their parent’s will;

  • Representing an aging client and his natural children to protect his assets from a subsequent relationship;

  • Representing beneficiaries of a will against which a testamentary promise claim was brought;

  • Representing a charitable trust which was the beneficiary of a will against which family protection claims were brought;

  • Representing the executrix of a will against which family protection claims and testamentary promise claims were brought;

  • Representing the beneficiaries of a prior will who were excluded from a subsequent document which purported to be a will, but which did not meet the requirements of a will;

  • Representing beneficiaries of an estate in reaching a deed of family arrangement;

  • Representing an executor of an estate of a prior will in obtaining probate.

Initial Contacts

Glenn Cooper

Litigation - Partner

+64 3 339 5635


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111 Cashel Mall
Christchurch 8011

PO Box 799
Christchurch 8140

Telephone: +64 3 379 9940


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