Tara Hurley

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Relationship Property

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Relationship Property
Trust and Asset Planning
Trust and Estate Litigation
Wills and Estates

Tara Hurley is a senior associate who specialises in relationship property (including separation and divorce), trusts, estates and property law.

Relationship Property

Having a lawyer you trust who can advocate for your best interests is critical to getting the best outcome. With over 14 years' experience, Tara has an in-depth knowledge of relationship property law. She will ensure you know your rights and what you are entitled to, give sound advice and work practically to achieve the best outcome for you. Tara listens to how you would like to approach the situation and tailors her approach accordingly.

Her relationship property experience includes:

  • Protecting assets while in a relationship via contracting out agreements ("pre nups")
  • The division of assets after separation
  • Disputes in relation to estates/wills

Trusts and Estates

Tara's professional experience spans relevant, closely related areas of law, such as Trusts and Estates, Property Law and Litigation. This streamlined approach aims to save you time and worry.

Tara's expertise in the area of trusts and estates includes:

  • creating and administering bespoke trust structures
  • trustee advice
  • reviewing trust structures and documentation
  • restructuring trusts and estate plans upon entering or exiting a relationship
  • disputes
  • wills
  • powers of attorney (including EPAs)
  • elder care arrangements and advice

Clients value Tara's clear-thinking and discretion in what is often a stressful and difficult time.

Tara has an LLB from the University of Otago and was admitted in 2002. She joined Martelli McKegg in 2008 having previously worked for Lovells in London while on her OE.


"I was very happy with Tara's work during the period around my aunt's death and the organising of her estate. She bent over backwards to help me. Tara was professional all of the time and was extremely approachable whenever I had questions. She put many of the legal complexities into plain simple language for me.

I have no hesitation in recommending Tara and Martelli McKegg to others, in fact I have done so on quite a few occassions. Thank you once again for helping me and my family through some tough times when my Aunt passed away." Brian Cross

"Thank you so much Tara for everything you have done for me taking on my case. You have been amazing, I  am so grateful. You have been nothing other than professional throughout. The outcome has been great. You have saved me a lot of stress." Karen Bilham

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