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Bryce Williams

About Bryce Williams

Career to date

“I was admitted to the bar in 2004, following which I practiced in the areas of debt recovery, family and property law, before joining Gibson Sheat in 2009.”

Bryce is an associate at Gibson Sheat and leader of our estates and elder law team. Bryce handles a wide range of matters from drafting wills, enduring powers of attorney and handling retirement village transactions for individuals, to dealing with deceased estates and estate claims.

Bryce has a keen interest in elder law issues including the aged care sector where he provides general advice and debt recovery services to facility operators.  He also handles court applications under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988 for property manager and welfare guardian appointments.

My Recent Work
  • Preparing enduring powers of attorney for hospitalised clients.

  • Obtaining court orders under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988 to enable the discharge and transfer of an elderly mentally incapable parent into dementia care.

  • Providing legal advice to a client shifting into a retirement village and advising on and handling a Residential Care Subsidy application for a spouse who lacked mental capacity.

  • Administration of deceased estates from modest to high value.

  • Acting for clients in regard to settling claims under the Family Protection Act 1955, Law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act 1949 & Property (Relationships) Act 1976.

  • Recovery of debts for an operator of aged care facilities.

  • Preparation of legal opinion for an executor regarding testamentary capacity, alleged undue influence, applying for probate in common or solemn form and abatement of legacies.

Professional Associations and Community Organisations
  • Wellington Branch NZLS, Trusts and Estates Law Committee

  • BNI (Business Network International)

  • Citizens Advice Bureau volunteer

  • The Street City Church member

My approach to working with my clients

I am friendly, considerate and thorough in handling their affairs.  I also ensure that the legal advice I provide is clear, accurate and understandable.

My clients aren't just numbers, but real people with real lives, which often times makes my work challenging, particularly when you receive a telephone call advising that a loved one has passed away. 

The best piece of advice I've ever been given

'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart...'

What stimulates me

Helping people work through difficult or challenging times in their lives.  I also enjoy being part of a large team environment which fuels my extrovert personality.

What I enjoy outside of work

Spending time with my family and friends and perfecting my skills on my coffee machine.  I am an avid cricket fan, enjoy nine holes of golf (or 18 when time permits) and am also involved in a church which is an integral part of my life.

If I wasn’t a lawyer I’d be

A policeman (specialising in traffic infringements). This is because my wife is always pointing out how I comment on other peoples' driving abilities (or lack thereof!)