Expertise

Andrew acts in a wide range of private wealth disputes and has considerable experience acting for both professional and lay Executors, Administrators and Trustees.  Andrew also acts for Beneficiaries under Wills and Trusts as well as those who feel they have been unfairly left out of Wills or otherwise been denied an inheritance.

More specifically Andrew deals with matters of Will validity; removal of Executors; rectification of Wills; proprietary estoppel cases, where a Deceased has made promises during their life; rectification of Wills; and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975.

Andrew has a niche practice in contested Court of Protection matters, dealing with a wide range of property & financial affairs matters for Deputies and Attorneys.  Andrew has secured statutory Wills for those without capacity, challenged the appointment of Attorneys.  In 2021 Andrew acted in Re: NZ, a case concerning the withdrawal of life sustaining medical treatment for a victim of Covid-19.

How do you help clients?

I usually meet Clients at a particularly distressing time in their life, either as a result of the loss of a relative or their diminishing capacity.  My role is to help navigate Clients through these difficult and emotive times and assist them to achieve their outcomes.

My experience is that family disputes about money or the wellbeing of another family member are particularly challenging.  I work with Clients to determine a pragmatic strategy based on clear legal advice, which always takes account of a Client’s particular situation.

Experience

  1. Validity – challenges to wills and lifetime gifts on the basis of lack of capacity, undue influence or lack of knowledge and approval
  2. Trust Disputes
  3. Removal of Executors
  4. Disputed Attorney / Deputy appointments
  5. Statutory Will Applications
  6. Inheritance Act claims