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No Will - an intestate estate

No Will - an intestate estate
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The death of a family member is an extremely stressful time and this stress can be compounded when the deceased has died without a will. Even when there is a will, if gifts fail, there may be an intestacy or partial intestacy. This seminar will provide practical advice aimed at helping ensure that you are able to effectively guide your clients through the process of an intestate deceased estate.

This seminar will include:

  • An outline of the steps to be taken to locate a will, including advertising
  • Advice on how to assist clients deciding who should be administrator
  • Information on how to act as administrator – with consent of closest relative(s)
  • How to obtain Court authority for the administrator to act – file papers in Court and obtain a Letter of Administration
  • Advice on how to prove the deceased family relationships via a declaration of family history to show all who should be accounted for
  • Practical advice on how to administer the estate
  • Outline of how to distribute the estate in order of priority as set out in the Administration Act 1969.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will gain:

  • A greater understanding of how to advise your clients through the process of an intestate deceased estate
  • Practical advice on how to administer an intestate estate.

Who should attend

Civil Litigators, Family practitioners, Trusts and Estates lawyers.


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the PowerPoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm (tea and coffee available on arrival)

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $125 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $175 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here
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Auckland 19 February
Live Web Stream 19 February


Theresa Donnelly web Theresa Donnelly
Senior Solicitor, Public Trust, Auckland

Theresa is a Senior Solicitor and Team Leader with Public Trust and a recognised Elder Law expert. Wills, Probate and Letters of Administration are part of her daily work. She graduated from Auckland University and was admitted in 1992 and since then has worked in private practice and as in-house counsel for a number of government agencies prior to taking up her position at Public Trust. Theresa is a regular presenter and speaker for NZLS CLE, ADLS, CCH and other professional organisations.

Henry Stokes web Henry Stokes
General Counsel, Retail, Public Trust, Hamilton

Henry has been in private practice and acted as in-house counsel for a combined period of over 20 years. He is currently General Counsel, Retail for Public Trust. Henry specialises in the areas of wills, estates, trusts (both family and charitable) and protection of personal and property rights matters, including appearing in the Family Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. He advises on all areas from the preparation and implementation stages through to the disputes, claims and proceedings stages.

Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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