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Ruperte Dobson


LL.B (Hons) (University of Canterbury, 1982)
Ruperte Dobson

What I do

At MDS Law my primary areas of practice are trust administration, estate administration and estate planning. I also work in the area of private client services, and especially enjoy assisting our clients with matters such as wills, enduring powers of attorney, and retirement village occupation agreements.

I have worked in these areas in private practice with several Christchurch firms, and was also employed for over 20 years by a large statutory trustee company.

How I like to work with clients

I like to work closely with my clients, and to involve their families where appropriate to ensure that they obtain the results most suited to their needs.

I have elderly parents who have recently moved from living independently into a care facility, and I feel that this experience has enabled me to empathise with the issues this raises for both the individuals and their families.

My approach to client service

I am always approachable and honest with my clients. Some of the transactions I undertake are lengthy and it is important to keep clients informed of the steps along the way.

Also some areas of my practice involve contact with people who are grieving the loss of a close family member or friend, and while there are formal processes which must be worked through, it is also really important to ensure that the personal aspect is respected.

Having worked in these areas for many years I believe that I have developed the appropriate skills to enable me to help make what can be a very emotional time less so.

What I like doing after hours

I have two adult children who seem only to have partially “flown the nest”. They certainly have left many reminders of themselves in my home, and the extended family returns fairly frequently.

In addition I have a small, but noisy and demanding rehomed dog Dolly who keeps me active. I enjoy reading, and watching Nordic crime thrillers and indie movies with friends.

Professional Memberships
  • NZ Law Society

Contact Details

DDI: +64 3 371 0487
E-mail Ruperte Dobson


Julie O’Dea
DDI: +64 3 595 1868,
E-mail Julie O’Dea

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