What We Do 

Property and Conveyancing

It is a huge step to buy your first home. And at the other end, selling your family home can be a daunting experience as you downsize to fit your lifestyle. We are there to help guide you personally through with experience and understanding, as well as dealing with all other property matters from leasing and commercial through to unneighbourly disputes.

Wills, Powers of Attorney and Estate Administration (including Probate)

From simple husband and wife wills to complicated second/third relationships with grown children involved, Ian Watson Legal gives you someone who can understand your needs and wishes, then use their legal knowledge and experience to make this happen through your Will and/or using your Family Trust. 


We can assist you in setting up a new trust, reviewing an existing trust, preparing gifting, trust resolutions and Memoranda of Wishes, appointments and resignation of trustees as well as creating specific wills to match your trust. Trust administration should not be overlooked and we can help you with this. Ian has over thirty years experience with trusts from Family Trust, to Trading and Charitable Trusts.

Call 07 864 7070 for a free no-obligation chat about trusts

to see if I can help you.

Have a Trust already and think you could simplify your life and wind it up?

I ensure you understand the reason why you have a trust and can show you if it is working for you.


We offer a variety of services to small businesses, helping you buy or sell including the financing and structuring of your loans for tax minimisation. Talk to us early on in the process to get it right for YOUR individual business requirements -- sole trader or company? We can form and register your new company for you. Leasing your premises? We can prepare or advise on what lease terms are best and can prepare, transfer or renew your lease.

Do not overlook issues of compliance with regulations in your area of business, or possible risks you can insure against, and changes to the company's constitution as you expand. These are part of governance and guidance issues where planning first can save possible heartache.


After many years of rural practice in Te Aroha, Ian Watson has the technical and practical knowledge to assist you through a smooth Sale or Purchase of your farm, run-off or orchard. We understand complex ownership structures, syndicates and management agreements and we work with your other professionals. Ian has farmed grazing heifers at Wairakau and loves to be on the farm walk with your bankers. Share-milking contracts and farm leases can be prepared and advice provided on many farming enterprises and issues.

Non-Bank Finance

Loans for residential, farming and investors. A new start-up with no credit history? There are many reasons you may seek a loan outside the banks. We can arrange loans which are usually 1-2 years and at present interest rates can be below 9%pa. Only first mortgage securities will be taken. We know what will fly with lenders save time and have us look at your proposal. Fees apply.

Relationship Property Agreements

We can prepare or advise you in respect of pre-nuptial agreements. These are often the best way to protect family assets upon a second marriage while allowing you to share your assets with your new partner. In the unfortunate event of separation, you need expert advise on your separation settlement and if litigation is involved, we will arrange a specialist for you.

Succession Planning

Today's family businesses and farming enterprises are much more complex then in the past. For smooth and secure succession, on the sale or transfer on to the next generation, we can provide you with creative and technical advice. Using our experience and expertise, we can tailor legal, practical and financial solutions to fit your needs.

Financial Advice

Ian is a registered Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA) and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). He is authorised to give personal investment advice. You may be in need of investment advice if you receive redundancy, your superannuation or Kiwisaver is maturing or you receive an inheritance. Ian has the dual qualifications in both law and investment advice so he can

advise you on the best wary to own and protect your investments.

Email Ian for more information and how Ian Watson Legal

can help you

or phone him for a free no-obligation chat

on 07 864 7070   or   021 482 883 

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