Separation can be difficult, particularly when there are children involved. We take a conciliatory approach to minimise stress on you and so that the focus is on the needs of the children.
We can assist you with any disputes relating to your children's care and upbringing including day to day care arrangements, contact, relocation, guardianship disputes, Hague Convention or adoption matters. Our lawyers are registered providers of the Family Legal Advice Service (FLAS). We can assist you before you attend Family Dispute Resolution (FDR), the process now compulsory before you may apply to the Family Court (except in urgent cases or where there are safety issues).
If your matter proceeds to Court, we can represent you right through the Court process. Our Family Team has a wealth of court experience, including senior lawyers who are regularly appointed by the Court to act for children.
Working out how to deal with your family property either when entering into a new relationship or after a separation can be a confusing and sometimes worrying process. The Property (Relationships) Act 1976 has far-reaching implications for those in a marriage, civil union or de facto relationship. Advice from and representation by a skilled relationship property lawyer is essential if your rights and expectations around your property interests are to be protected.
At Thomas Dewar Sziranyi Letts our specialist relationship property lawyers will carefully assist you with the preparation of an appropriate Contracting Out Agreement if you are in a new relationship or through the steps required to successfully realise your property interests at the end of a relationship.
If you are a victim of domestic violence who is experiencing physical, emotional or psychological abuse, we can help you. This may include an application for a Protection Order to promote your safety.
If you have been served with a Protection Order we can explain your options and assist you in defending the proceedings.
At Thomas Dewar Sziranyi Letts we have one of the largest family law practices in New Zealand and for over 20 years our specialist family lawyers have been helping our clients achieve successful outcomes when dealing with family matters. We pride ourselves on taking a strategic approach to assist clients with resolution of their family law issues. Ensuring the best possible outcome for a client often involves a thorough analysis of our client's situation and objectives very early on in the process. A clear plan of action and a carefully reasoned approach at the outset often our client's overall cost and avoids unnecessary argument.
Family trusts are commonplace and division of property held within a trust during a relationship requires particular skill and care if your property interests are to be protected.
If you, or someone you know, is charged with an offence, we have a large team of lawyers able to assist. We will provide you with a step-by-step plan personally tailored to your situation and will work to ensure the best possible outcome when navigating through the legal system.
Our representation of clients in the criminal Courts is to the highest standard. From minor through to serious allegations, our team here at Thomas Dewar has over 20 years experience in handling all manner of cases. Louise Sziranyi, head of our Criminal Law team, has personally handled cases ranging from minor police charges through to conducting High Court trials for murder and other serious offending. We ensure we match you to a lawyer that suits your case and needs.
For most of us, our home is the most expensive purchase we will ever make and it needs to be done right. Whether you’re buying your first house or are a seasoned campaigner in the property market, our property experts can give you solid legal and practical advice tailored to your situation. We can advise on different options for parents looking to help children into their first home, or create a property sharing agreement for friends or flatmates looking to band together to get a foot onto the property ladder. We can help you set up and transfer your property to a family trust.
We have expertise in apartments and unit titled properties, and will work efficiently with your surveyor and engineers if you’re subdividing a property. As expert dispute resolvers, we can also provide advice and representation with your property problems, including easement issues, body corporate disputes and neighbour issues.
Either an employer or an employee, dealing with difficult workplace disputes or issues can be difficult. You want to be sure that you have a team that can provide practical and effective help. We act for both employers and employees on all issues that may arise in the workplace: from redundancy and restructuring, to Health and Safety advice and representation on both sides of personal grievances.
We provide effective and robust representation for all parties in the workplace. For employers, we can provide a range of services, from drafting of individual employment agreements, regulatory compliance and resolving disputes. For employees, we can provide advice on prospective terms of employment, as well as representation for personal grievances and advice on your rights in the workplace.
We recommend that all clients consider Powers of Attorney when reviewing their affairs and considering how best to structure them. Enduring Powers of Attorney allow you to nominate people to make decisions on your behalf if you are no longer able to make them yourself. We can provide you with advice about your options.
We can also help when arrangements need to be put in place for a family member or loved one who has already lost capacity and there are no Powers of Attorney in place. We regularly make Court applications under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act for Welfare Guardians or Property Managers to be appointed. We also have senior lawyers who are appointed by the Court to act for the subject person on these applications.
It's sometimes hard to think about what should happen to your property when you die. Maintaining a current will makes things easier for your family after you've gone. We can assist with the preparation of a will carefully tailored to your circumstances.
Disputes about a will or administration of an estate can be stressful at a time when emotions run high. We can advise you on whether a will is valid and if you have a claim against an estate. We have experience in complicated estate litigation at all court levels, including the Court of Appeal.
If there is no will then we can assist with the administration of the estate and deal with any potential claims.
We have administered a large number of estates over many years. Other law firms often refer complicated estate matters to us.
It is important to our firm that we be able to represent all of our clients no matter their financial situation. We are proud to undertake work for clients who are eligible for a grant of legal aid. Feel free to contact us to see if you will qualify for Legal Aid.
New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world that provides state compensation for an injury suffered in an accident, regardless of fault. However, the ACC scheme is complicated and a claimant may not always be able to obtain their full entitlement without skilled legal representation.
Thomas Dewar offer a full range of services for current and prospective ACC claimants. We can break the ACC scheme down for you to make it easy to understand, and we streamline ACC processes for our clients to gain successful outcomes.