A century worth of experience

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Jacobs Florentine Solicitors

Operating for over 100 years

Est. 1908

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B.J Jacobs

Serving the Manawatu since 1908
Our Rich History

The origins of our firm go back to 1908 when Charles Loughnan commenced practice on his own account and was later joined by Bert Jacobs. The partnership ended in 1918 and later Jack Grant joined the firm. After World War II, Hector Gilliand joined the partnership.

In the years that followed there have been a number of partners admitted and three have been appointed to Judicial Office. Larry Florentine joined the firm in1956 and became partner in 1958 at which time the firm’s name was changed to Jacobs Florentine. In August 2008 our firm celebrated its 100th year anniversary. Throughout the firm has continued to serve the Manawatu District and beyond, offering the full range of legal services.

The present partners are committed to carrying on the great tradition of service to the Manawatu established since 1908.

Serving the Manawatu since 1908
With a range of services to suit your needs

We offer the full range of services including housing transactions, rural and commercial property transactions, business and company law, wills, family trusts, estate administration, trust law, litigation, family law, and employment law.

Trust Law

Establishing and maintaining Trusts as mechanisms for succession planning and asset protection.

Housing / Property Transactions (Conveyancing)

Buying and selling residential property including first home Kiwisaver withdrawals, housing New Zealand Home-start Grants, Build Contracts and Refinancing.

Rural & Agribusiness Transactions

Buying and selling rural property. Advising farming families on succession planning to protect farming businesses.

Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Advising on and drafting Wills suited to individual needs and circumstances, preparing and advising on Enduring Powers of Attorney in relation to property and care and welfare, Deeds of Delegation, PPPR Orders

Business & Company Law

Advising on all aspects of business and company law including buying or selling a business and advising on Director/Shareholder duties and obligations.

Family Law

Care of children issues, parenting orders, guardianship issues, child support, domestic violence issues relating to protection orders. Adoption, paternity, Oranga Tamariki matters, care and contact arrangements. Legal aid and Family Legal Aid Services advice (FLAS).

Employment Law

Preparing and advising on individual employment agreements, personal grievances, restructurings and redundancy, disciplinary issues, wage disputes, disputes over holidays, probationary and trial periods, discrimination, sexual and racial harassment, dismissal, employment mediation.


Estate administration including applications for probate and letters of administration. Advising family members and executors. Administering  the estate debts and assets.

Commercial Property Transactions

Buying, selling and leasing commercial property including preparation, drafting and advising on leases for both tenants and landlords

Commercial Law

Business structures, Agreements, Mergers and Acquisitions. Franchising, Terms of Trade and Company Incorporations.

Relationship Property

Advising on  relationship property agreements including separation agreements and contracting out agreements identifying separate property before or during a relationship (pre-nuptial agreements). Advising on all aspects relating to relationship breakdowns, separation and dissolution of marriage.

Elder Law

Advising on succession planning including wills, power of attorney, entering into rest home care, license to occupy and villages.


Assisting with changing banks including registering new mortgage and discharging old mortgage.


Family court matters, Employment court matters, Disputes and tenant/landlord matters.

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