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Wills, Trusts & Estates

We regularly assist our clients with establishing and administering trusts, wills and estates.

Wills and Estates

Our Wills and Estate’s team has many years experience administering estates and assisting clients to make wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney.

Wills

When making a will, we prioritise clear, understandable drafting, together with helping you to understand your options for providing for family and other interests. If your circumstances change, we can assist you to update your will.

Enduring Powers of Attorney

We also assist with preparing documents, such as an Enduring Power of Attorney, to cover what will happen if you are incapacitated by age, injury or sickness.

Estate Administration

We act for many trustees and beneficiaries of estates, assisting with the administration of a loved one’s estate. We pride ourselves on providing a sensitive, caring and timely service, together with practical, well-considered advice.

We advise on:

Family Trusts

If you need advice on establishing a family trust or trading trust then we can assist.

Asset and Estate Planning

We provide asset and estate planning advice for many clients and their families, establishing and administering a large number of trusts. We value taking the time to find out your individual circumstances and plans. We can then advise whether a trust is suitable for you or not and all the necessary formalities, including the transfer of assets to your trust.

Trust Administration

Many people, after establishing a family trust, fail to keep up with ongoing administration of trust property and records. This can lead to future problems such as unforeseen tax liabilities and ineligibility for residential care subsidies. We can help with the ongoing maintenance of your trust to ensure that you get the full benefit of the structure you have put in place.

We advise on:

Charitable Trusts

If you need advice on establishing and registering a charitable trust then we can assist.

Creation of a charitable trust begins with drafting a trust deed that captures your intended charitable purposes, and puts in place the governance structures that you want. Once the Deed is drafted, we can also assist with incorporating your charitable trust under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 and registering it as a charitable entity on the Charities Register administered by Charities Services.

We advise on:

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Team
Ken Lord
Ken Lord

Ken’s focus is on Property and Personal law with strong interests in issues relating to the charitable sector, assisting the elderly and charitable trusts. Ken is also a Notary Public.

Ken joined Parry Field Lawyers in 1980 becoming a partner with Peter van Rij in September 1980. His practice specialises in trusts and asset planning, but spans (by means of delegation) to all property, litigation and commercial law, with an interest in resource management law.

Ken has served, or is still serving, on boards including YMCA Christchurch, Christian Resource Centre International, CRY For The World Foundation, Hagar New Zealand, Living Springs Trust, Garden City Rotary Charitable Trust, La Vida Youth Trust and Parry Field Charitable Foundation. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Garden City (President in 2002) as well as a keen musician and road cycling racer, chairing The Papanui Cycling Club Incorporated.

Graduating LLB from the University of Canterbury in 1977, Ken completed a BA in English and Russian literature in 2004. He takes an active part in the New Zealand Law Society, having been a member of property law committees, seminar/conference organisation committees, is currently Convenor for the Trusts and Wills Committee and member of the Canterbury Westland NZLS Standards Committee. He is one of the contributing authors to the Lexis Nexis Law of Trusts, having written and reviewed the chapter devoted to charity law.

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Pat Rotherham
Pat Rotherham

In early 2014 Pat merged his long standing practice, Rotherhams Law (formerly Gough & Irving) with Parry Field Lawyers and is one of our most recently appointed Partners. Pat has a particular interest in asset protection and succession planning through the use of appropriate structures such as trusts, companies and relationship property/property sharing agreements.

Pat has broad based experience in business and property acquisitions and disposals and he has represented individuals, family trusts and private companies in assisting them to fulfil their long term plans. He works closely with accountants and related professionals to ensure his Clients’ needs are understood and achievable.

For over 15 years Pat has been the co-ordinator of the Legal Referral Centre within the Christchurch West Citizens Advice Bureau. He has written articles for local organisations and community publications, and has given many presentations on various legal topics to client groups as well as to community organisations and local retirement villages.

Pat is married to Shelly who worked with him in his practice for 16 years prior to the merger with Parry Field Lawyers and he has two adult children in the banking industry. When commitments allow, Pat is a keen road cyclist and mountain biker, tennis player and less keen runner, as his dog Max will confirm. He enjoys music, reading, theatre and travel in his spare time.

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Joseph Morris
Joseph Morris

Joseph has recently been appointed as Manager of our Hokitika Office, where he assists clients in a wide range of legal matters, including commercial property and conveyancing transactions, estates, civil litigation, family law and dispute resolution.

Joseph joined Parry Field Lawyers in 2009 having graduated from Otago University with a double degree in Law and Classical History. He has particular experience in resolving disputes in the areas of estate claims, leases, property (including relationship property), breach of contract, care of children, and construction – he has appeared successfully for clients in the High Court, District Court and Family Courts. Joseph focuses on bringing clients timely, accurate advice with a view to resolving issues in an economical and efficient manner.

Outside of the law Joseph enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, as well as spearfishing, surfing and reading.

Joseph looks forward to engaging with former clients of the Murdoch, James and Roper practice and with the wider West Coast community.

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Judith Bullin
Judith Bullin

Judith joined Parry Field Lawyers in 2014 having recently graduated from the University of Otago with a double degree in Law and Commerce majoring in Accounting. Judith was admitted to the Bar in March 2014 and works in our commercial and property team.

Judith enjoyed volunteering at the Dunedin Community Law Centre and is passionate about helping people understand and apply the law to their situation and find practical solutions that best meet their needs.

Outside of the law, Judith enjoys playing the piano, baking and reading. She and her husband have just bought their first home and are looking forward to testing out their DIY skills.

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Chris Field
Chris Field

Christine re-joined Parry Field Lawyers in 2016. She previously worked at the firm from 1984 to 1989. She is a highly experienced legal executive who has worked in a range of areas including property, trusts and estates. Before coming back to Christchurch she worked in Wellington for 27 years including 14 years at a major national law firm. She has returned “home” to be closer to her mother.

Her new role with our property and trusts teams includes assisting our Hokitika office and supporting the work that comes from the Coast.

Her specialist areas include advising on:

· Wills, family trusts and asset protection, and estate administration; and
· Subdivisions and easements including the creation of land covenants.

Chris is a Registered Affiliate of the NZ Institute of Legal Executives, and has a BA from Canterbury University with a double major in Art History and Classics.

Outside work her interests include hiking and gardening.

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Vinesh Prakash
Vinesh Prakash

Vinesh administers the firm’s estates and assists with property conveyancing matters. He joined Parry Field Lawyers in 2008.
Vinesh came to New Zealand from Fiji with his wife and son. He built up fourteen years experience working in Fiji with a law firm based in Lautoka City, beginning as a junior conveyancing clerk in 1994 and progressing his way to the senior level.

Outside office hours Vinesh enjoys soccer, cultural music and community work. He is dedicated to the Fiji-Indian community and currently holds the positions of Public Relations Officer, Secretary and Sports Coordinator in the Christchurch Fiji Cultural Education Social & Sports Association. Vinesh is also a member of the Indian Social Cultural Club, Christchurch Multi Cultural Council and Indian Cultural Group.

Vinesh with his wife is operating Jalsa Fiji Radio, the only Fiji-Indian Radio programme in Christchurch on Plains FM 96.9 a few hours every week. Jalsa Fiji Radio was a finalist in 2014 NZ Radio Awards.

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