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Death and the Law

Death and the Law
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From the Chair

It has been 10 years since NZLS CLE last held a Death and the Law intensive. Since that time, some things haven’t changed and much has.

Disappointingly perhaps, it is still true that we all die, and the past two years have probably meant that we have contemplated our and others’ mortality more than we might otherwise. It is also still the case that there is much uncertainty in advising clients on how to structure their affairs with their deaths in mind, and what the risks inherent in those structures are, thanks in part to outdated legislation.

On the other hand, we have a maturing, fast-evolving society and economy. Tikanga is becoming an increasingly integral part of various endeavours, including in the law. Crypto and medical innovations add both new opportunity and complexity for many of us that didn’t exist in the past. Families are more complicated, with longer life expectancies and blended families. Wealth inequality and generational gaps widen. Younger generations struggle to afford to buy homes and wonder what their prospects are. We grapple with philosophical questions of individual vs collective responsibility and the role of the family and of the state.

All of this comes into play in this intensive, which is perfectly timed to consider the Law Commission’s proposals in its Succession Law review. I am delighted to introduce this line-up of very talented experts who are at the forefront of dealing with these issues and will help us explore and grapple with them, offering their unique insights and practical guidance.

I look forward to welcoming you and hope you will find this a rewarding intensive.

Chair: Juliet Moses

Programme outline

Download PDF brochure for a full outline of each session
  • Tikanga & Succession
  • Where There's a Will There's a War - but what are the Executor's battles to fight?
  • Capacity
  • Succession Planning Relating to Data, Intangible Assets and Legacies
  • Reforming Succession Law - a new Inheritance Act
  • Unravelling Complicated Structures - partnerships before and after death

Learning objectives

By attending this intensive you will:

  • Have a better understanding of the approach taken by the courts to the issues of tikanga.
  • Become more confident to advise on executors’ obligations.
  • Gain knowledge and receive guidance about capacity.
  • Increase your knowledge on how to transfer digital assets and deal with partnership issues after death.
  • Have an up-to-date knowledge of the Law Commission’s proposed reforms contained in its Succession Law Report.

Who should attend

All lawyers in civil litigation, family, property, trust & estates.


  • Chair: Juliet Moses, TGT Legal, Auckland
  • Gregory Ambler, TGT Legal, Auckland
  • Dr Jane Casey, Consultant Psychiatrist specialist in Old Age Psychiatry, Auckland
  • Jeremy Johnson, Bankside Chambers, Auckland
  • Kimberly Lawrence, Greg Kelly Law, Wellington
  • James Little, Shortland Chambers, Auckland
  • Tom Maasland, MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Auckland
  • Colette Mackenzie, Greg Kelly Law, Wellington
  • Alice Nunn, North End Law, Hamilton
  • Andrew Steele, Princes Chambers, Auckland


  • 8.30am - Registration
  • 9.00am Sessions start
  • 5.00pm Sessions end
  • Note: Live Web Stream registrations close 3pm Tuesday 3 May


Please indicate your selection upon registration:
  • Hard Copy - Your book will be given to you when you register on the day* - no extra charge 
  • PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event - no extra charge 
  • Both Hard Copy & PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event, and you can collect the hard copy book when you register on the day*  - additional $30 charge

*Live web stream attendees - if you select hard copy or both - your book will be couriered to you.

Fee (incl GST)


Earlybird - by 13 April 2022
  • $695 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $755 - Non-members

Registration - after 13 April 2022

  • $745 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $805 - Non-members

Live Web Stream

Earlybird - by 13 April 2022
  • $675

Registration - after 13 April 2022
  • $725

Download PDF Brochure & registration form

Auckland 4 May
Live Web Stream 4 May
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.

Cancellation and refund policy

You may cancel your registration eight working days in advance of an event, and you will receive a refund less a 25% administration fee. If you cancel less than eight working days in advance of the event, no refund is payable. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. If you wish to do so you must advise CLE in writing of the change. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to close registrations, and, cancel or reschedule an event as necessary. Where an event is cancelled by CLE, a full refund is payable.
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