Relationship property can have many layers of complication. At Webb Farry, we aim to minimise those complications and ensure your rights are protected and expectations are realised.
The Relationship Property team is led by Partners Megan Bartlett and John Farrow, and includes Associate Larna Jensen-McCloy. The team deals with complex relationship property issues on a daily basis and understands the need to communicate well throughout the process.
If you are entering a relationship, we can provide certainty around the future – assisting with preparing contracting-out agreements, so pre-relationship assets are protected and ensuring clarity around ownership of income or assets that may be built up during a relationship. When a relationship ends, we can guide you through the process, providing strategic advice regarding property interests and entitlements. We have expertise in handling complex negotiations and, if necessary, litigation to determine more difficult aspects.
Examples of Webb Farry’s work with clients
- Providing analysis and advice on categorising and dividing company, trust, business and farming assets and liabilities, including contingent or future assets and liabilities
- Working closely with forensic accountants and valuers to determine the value of assets and liabilities
- Working with overseas-based clients who have property interests outside New Zealand
- Dealing with complicated relationship property claims upon death
- Preparing applications to challenge and set aside inequitable and unjust relationship property agreements
- Drafting applications to challenge the extent of advice received by a party when entering into a relationship property agreement
- Preparing for and attending complex settlement conferences and hearings to determine relationship property applications
"Clarifying property ownership – when entering into a relationship or after separation – can be fraught. It’s our role to protect your rights and help you realise your expectations."