Estate administration

Morris prepares applications for probate and letters of administration. We also advise executors and administrators on the administration of estates.

Dealing with a death in the family is often a difficult time. The legal steps that need to be taken can be overwhelming. 

We guide executors through the process of applying for probate. If someone dies without a will, we help clients apply for letters of administration and provide advice on how the estate will be distributed under the intestacy rules.

Once probate or letters of administration has been granted, we assist clients with the process of administering the estate. We help executors and administrators work through complex issues involving properties, farms, businesses and trusts. We advise clients on how to comply with their obligations and are often engaged to provide expert advice to executors dealing with challenging family dynamics and competing interests.  

We commonly act where there are estate assets in multiple jurisdictions. We make applications to re-seal the grant of probate in New Zealand and work with foreign lawyers to ensure that overseas assets can be dealt with.  

If there are any issues obtaining probate or administration of the estate becomes contentious, we are well placed to help clients navigate these issues.  

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