Family Law

At the heart of Family Law are people and our relationships with others. Whether those relationships involve adults, children, parents, siblings or in some cases strangers, we can assist you with a caring and sensitive approach to dealing with various areas of Family Law which occur during our lifetimes including:

  • Preparation of Contracting Out Agreements (pre-nuptials)

  • Resolution of Relationship Property division and Separation issues

  • Dissolution of Marriage

  • Protection Orders

  • Care of Children - Day to day care, Contact and Guardianship

  • Paternity

  • Adoption

  • Property Manager and Welfare Guardian

  • Applications in the event of incapacity

  • Challenging the division of Property made by Will

  • Dispute Resolution


Commercial / Business

Setting up, running and selling a business can be busy and stressful. Let us help with the legal matters so that you can do what you do best - running the business. McCarthy Law works closely with your accountant and business advisors to ensure everyone is “on the same page” when it comes to your business. We can offer practical advice and guidance on a range of commercial transactions and issues including:

  • Setting up a new business

  • Shareholder Agreements and Constitutions

  • Leases

  • Commercial loans

  • Company and Shareholder issues

  • Buying or selling an existing business or business assets

  • Distribution and Supplier / Purchaser Agreements

  • Employment Agreements


Wills, Trusts and Estates

The last thing any of us want is a family dispute following our deaths. Our estate planning services are designed to offer you peace of mind during your lifetime and simplicity of distribution of your assets upon your death. Issues of capacity, new relationships and protection of assets can create confusion when it comes to planning for both life and death. Our role is to understand your circumstances and identify estate planning risk and opportunities. We can:

  • Make or update your Will

  • Prepare Enduring Powers of Attorney

  • Advise on Family Trusts and form a Trust when appropriate

  • Administer and manage estates when a loved one has passed away

  • Dispute Resolution


Property and Conveyancing

At some stage in our lives we are likely to be involved in property transactions. It is essential to get the right advice. Whether you are buying your first home, selling your home, undertaking a boundary adjustment or subdivision, building on bare land, buying or selling an investment property or leasing a building we can help. We will take you through every step of the process and assist you to achieve your goals. We will also advise you as to property ownership and relate that to estate planning. We have a wealth of experience in property law matters including:

  • Buying and selling residential housing, including assisting with Kiwisaver and Home start grants for first home buyers

  • Buying and selling commercial property and rural land

  • Loans and refinancing

  • Reverse mortgages

  • Occupation Rights Agreements - Retirement Villages

  • Subdivisions

  • Boundary Adjustments

  • Construction contracts

  • Commercial leasing

  • Easements and Land Covenants



Living in Marlborough, we can’t help but be enamoured by all things to do with wine. Whether you are looking at developing a vineyard, buying or selling a vineyard or entering into contracts with grape growers and / or wine companies, our love of this industry and knowledge of the legal transactions associated with it ensure we can provide you with sound legal advice. We can assist with:

  • Sales and purchases of vineyards

  • Wine Distribution Agreements

  • Grape Purchase Agreements

  • Vineyard leases

  • Leases of bare land for vineyard developments

  • Winemaking Agreements

  • Dispute resolution