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Spousal Maintenance - claims against an estate & enforcement of orders

Spousal Maintenance - claims against an estate & enforcement of orders
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It may come as a surprise to learn that, although it is rare, it is possible to claim both interim and substantive spousal maintenance from an estate. This webinar will highlight the different considerations that come into play for a spousal maintenance claim against executors/administrators.

The webinar will also set out the steps to take to ensure your client actually gets paid once they have an Order for spousal maintenance.

This webinar will take a two-pronged approach:

The first part will consider applications for spousal maintenance against an estate, particularly interim spousal maintenance. Practical tips will be given of the different considerations that come into play when reviewing an applicant’s budget and their overall claim for spousal maintenance against an estate. This comes out of a recent decision which was the first to address this remedy and has not been well understood or well utilised.

The webinar will also provide advice to executors/administrators of an estate to assess an application or a potential claim for spousal maintenance.

The second part will consider the practical steps required to enforce a spousal maintenance Order in the event a respondent refuses to pay.

Learning objectives

After this webinar you will be able to:

  • Advise your clients whether a claim for spousal maintenance could and should be made against an estate.
  • Understand what steps to take to enforce a spousal maintenance Order once one has been obtained.

Who should attend

Lawyers who work in the area of relationship property and/or who provide advice in estate matters where there is a surviving spouse or partner.

Book / Technical Specs

A background book written by the presenters is available in hard copy, PDF, or both. Please indicate your choice upon registration. 

  • Hard Copy - Your book will be posted to you - 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 posted the hard copy book  - additional $30 charge
For information on what is required to participate in the webinar, click here.


  • Fiona McGeorge, Senior Associate, Martelli McKegg, Auckland
  • Karen Pearce, Associate, Reids Family Law, Lower Hutt

Fee (Incl GST)


Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here


  • Webinar - 11.00am - 12.30pm
  • Registration closes - 3.00pm, Wednesday 27 February 2019

View PDF brochure and registration form here.

Webinar  28 February
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.


Attendance at the live webinar
  • If you attended the live webinar, you will receive an electronic certificate of attendance as verification for your CPD records.
  • You can view and hear the presentation again, as many times as you wish in your own time for no additional cost.
Registration but non-attendance on the day
  • Under the CPD Scheme only those who attend a live webinar are eligible to claim CPD hours.
  • If you registered but were unable to attend on the day, you can view and hear the archived recording of the presentation.

Cancellation and refund policy

Since the webinar is available to registrants as an archive after the live presentation, there is no cancellation – we just transfer your user status as a registrant from the live presentation to a purchaser of the webinar package of recorded webinar, PowerPoints and booklet.

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