Fleur McDonald Legal

Fleur McDonald Legal

Based in central Christchurch premises, Fleur will arrange appointments either at her office or in your own home or at a location in or around Christchurch or Canterbury that best suits you.

My "Why" is to provide my clients with legal solutions with H.E.A.R.T. "Honesty, Empathy, Accountability, Respect, and Trust"

After nearly 15 years at two Christchurch firm's, Fleur has made the decision to establish her own practice, Fleur McDonald Lawyer. She has established herself as an Elder Law specialist and industry leader of the area of Elderly Services and Seniors law. Fleur deals with all areas of property, asset protection and estate planning with a particular specialty in helping seniors and their families. Typical solutions for Fleur’s clients involve the use of specialist Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney to ensure the smooth management of personal and property affairs, and for her senior clients, ownership structures designed specifically as they move into retirement living. Fleur has an engaging and caring personality and ensures she listens to her clients before formulating solutions. Her experience and knowledge in the Elder Law area is second to none and her commitment to finding the best results for all her clients is nothing short of impressive.

Operating as usual

Happy New Years to all my clients, friends and family!

2020 has been, well, interesting but, I cannot thank everyone enough for the amazing support as I decided 2020 was a good year to go out on my own 😆

We're looking forward to 2021!

Merry Xmas!

...and just like that, we're almost at the big day!

What a challenging year it's been for all concerned, and Ill be honest, our team is very much looking forward to 2021!

I'm truely grateful to all those that have supported us in our new business and I want to thank our amazing team (and those people behind the team) that got us to opening day.


Here's to 2021!

Have a great Xmas!

PS - here's a wee video of my opening night. Certainly was great to catch up with you all.


Elderly living alone more likely to fall, be hospitalised

If you know any senior person who lives alone, make an effort to visit them over the Christmas season. The link below reveals a study that shows that those living alone are statistically more likely to suffer from a fall.

newshub.co.nz An advocate says the holiday period is a high-risk period for older people.

...A great question from the crowd...

'The issue is, I don't know when I will actually need care'....

A good question from the crowd from a recent talk I did. When talking about gifting or, setting up a trust for your senior years, it pays to do it right!

Watch this short video to find out more :)


Proposal to make retirement villages share capital gains with residents

The Commission for Financial Capability has published a white paper calling for a full review of the Retirement Village Industry and sent it to Housing Minister Poto Williams.

We deal extensively in this area and will keep a watchful eye on this proposal. Occupation right agreements are complex legal documents and before entering into one, you need advice from a specialist dealing in the area. Contact Fleur by email [email protected] or on 021 222 8494 to arrange a time to discuss.

stuff.co.nz Village operators could share capital gains with residents, white paper suggests.

I truly love what I do!

My clients Allan and Heather get to relax over the festive season knowing that the sale of their Rangiora rental property is settled. Being part of that process is something very, very special indeed.

Here is what they had to say:

We have known Fleur for many years now and are delighted to see that she now has her own practice. We have engaged her services many times for buying and selling properties and general legal advice. Each process has been handled professionally and with the added bonus of Fleur's extra care and attention to detail. Our latest house sale happened very quickly. Fleur and Caitlin did a superb job in getting everything organised for settlement day. We cannot recommend Fleur and her team enough

One Thing To Think About When Gifting

If you're using a gifting strategy for your trust, there are a few things to think about before going down this track.

Watch this video as I explain one pitfall that can trip you up!

In this interesting post, Dr. Matthew Croucher talks about the shift in New Zealand from the Montreal Cognitive Test to the Mini-Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination as the 'go to' Dementia screening test.

At Fleur McDonald legal, our passion is assisting seniors through difficult times such as this when a loved one is going through major changes in life and potentially moving from the family home to residential care or a retirement village. Contact Fleur on 021 222 8494 or by email at [email protected]


[12/03/20]   Helping seniors is our 'Why' here at Fleur McDonald Legal. It was such a pleasure to help Ian and Lucy with their recent legal needs and we thank them for their kind words.

“Ian and I would like to thank Fleur and Caitlin at Fleur McDonald Legal for their professional and caring service and advice provided during a recent update of our Will and Enduring Powers of Attorney documents.”

Ian and Lucy

[12/03/20]   It was a pleasure helping out Angela and Dion with their investment purchase. Here's what they had to say about our service.

Buying a house at auction for the first time can be stressful but Fleur's knowledge and willingness to help us meet the short timeframes helped make this an easier process. Caitlin her legal executive ensured we had all the necessary documentation and that we understood what had to be signed by when. I would recommend Fleur and when we buy again we will be going back to her.

Angela and Dion

[12/03/20]   Thanks to Bhamini for a wonderful testimonial.

Really professional, friendly and super helpful. They are with you every step of the way and super accessible when you need. They think about so many things that I hadn't even considered to keep me protected throughout the buying process.

Would highly recommend Fleur and Caitlin as they did such a wonderful job. I also really appreciated that they gave me a quote upfront and it didn't change at all when it came to paying. I could really trust them to have my best interest at heart!


[12/03/20]   More happy customers. Thanks so much, Justin and Michelle for your kind words.

The Fleur McDonald team has been excellent in legal advice and assisting us with the purchase of our first property. Communication was a breeze and the service provided was top notch.

What will always stick with us is the jokes about the Louis Vuitton shoes that we are hoping to save a deposit for if the wardrobe permits space by 2050 😀.

Overall I would highly recommend your service to any friends, colleagues and family wanting to buy property in New Zealand.

Justin and Michelle

[11/25/20]   Another happy client safely moved into their first home.

Our first home buying journey has been very long winded, but right throughout the process Fleur and Caitlin have been so helpful answering our (sometimes silly) questions without judgment and giving us confidence in our decision making. It was great having people with the knowledge and experience to guide us through the process. We would highly recommend them to anyone purchasing their first home.


Jordan and Corey

Click the link below to check out this video from the Eldernet website. In it, Retirement Village living is explained. We deal extensively with the Occupation Right Agreements (ORA's) required to buy into a registered retirement village.
The ORA is significantly different from any contract you will have ever signed before and they are complex legal documents.
We take the time to explain the ORA to you in plain English at a time and place to suit you. Give Fleur a call on 365 1595 or email her at [email protected] to book a time to discuss how retirement village living might work for you.

Gifitng Cavet

If you're using a 'Gifting' strategy when it comes to staying within the asset threshold, there are a few things that you NEED to know.

Watch this video as I explain the pitfalls of gifting so you don't make the same mistakes!


The Harsh Reality Of Dementia In New Zealand

We regularly do talks for Dementia Canterbury about effective estate planning for seniors and how to ensure that your house is in order. This recent article spotlights the alarming rise in the number of seniors suffering from dementia.

Our mission is to make sure that everyone we deal with has all the important documents they need in their 'legal toolbox', including at very least an effective Will and Enduring Powers of Attorney for both Personal Care and Welfare and Property.

If you or anyone you know does not have these important legal documents in place, we are available to help and would love to hear from you. Contact Fleur or Caitlin on 365 1595 to arrange an appointment. We will even come to you if you need us to.

scoop.co.nz Rapidly growing numbers of New Zealanders living with dementia threaten to overwhelm our health system unless government acts quickly, Alzheimers NZ has said in its Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Health. Chief Executive Catherine Hall says the impact ...

[11/16/20]   Thanks so much Elisha and Michael for your testimonial. It was a pleasure for Caitlin and I to help you with your recent purchase.


"Following an unlucky auction on our first round, we were lucky to purchase a home through a deadline sale. Fleur and Caitlin were a pleasure to work with throughout what can be a stressful process. We were guided through the purchase of our home clearly and with confidence knowing the legal side of things were being looked after on our behalf. Would certainly recommend their services. Thanks"

Elisha & Mike.


Retirement village resident uses lessons from childhood to help end loneliness among elderly

This interesting post highlights how this year's lockdowns have put the issue of loneliness among seniors in the spotlight. It focusses on how one retirement village resident used the lessons of childhood to combat loneliness.

tvnz.co.nz Maggie Wyse, 79, has been there for her friends throughout the Covid-19 lockdown.

[11/12/20]   Our goal at Fleur McDonald Legal is to provide great outcomes for happy clients. Here is what Kate M had to say about her recent experience.

"I felt heard and supported by Fleur and Caitlin through the process of buying my first home. Fleur was a strong advocate helping to ensure a good outcome for me and together, Fleur and Caitlin’s enthusiastic, friendly and approachable manner was much appreciated. "

How assests are viewed

Making sure you understand how your assets are viewed by Work + Income and VITAL (yes, I am yelling).

If you don't get it right, you might just get a nasty surprised when you apply for The Residential Care Subsidy.

Watch this video to find out more - and if you have any questions, PM me and I can help!

[10/27/20]   We love happy customers and would like to thank Saskia and Duncan for their kind review of their recent experience with Fleur McDonald Legal.

"We recently had the pleasure of having Fleur help us with the sale of our home. We have sold homes in the past and its been quite the ordeal. Fleur was so streamlined, professional and kind throughout the process, which made it super simplistic and easy. What is perfect, is that the paperwork has "advice from the heart" at the bottom of each page and this really does encapsulate the truth. Thank you, Fleur, you are wonderful and your advice truly does come from there and we will be recommending you everywhere."

Saskia and Duncan 27 October 2020

Happy Labour Day!

We hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. I was lucky enough to get away and spend some time with my family and friends and it's always awesome to recharge the batteries!

The team will be back on deck tomorrow. Enjoy!

What If One Person is Living In Aged Care and One Person Is Living In The Community?

How are your assets defined by Work & Income if one of you is living in the community and your partner or, significant other is living in aged care?

How assets are viewed is often not a 'one solution for all' type of scenario - Watch this video as I explain:

Asset threshold

One of the key things to understand is - how Work and Income view your assets if you're looking to get the Residential Care Subsidy.

A home is where you live or reside and your asset threshold will be dictated by that.

Watch this short video as I give an explanation.

Find Out About Residential Care Subsidies

The world of Residential Care Subsidies are often difficult to understand and often change.

Find out more about exactly what is on offer $$$ wise when you need to access the Care Subsidies.

I will be away from the office from 2 pm on Wednesday, 23 September, to attend a funeral, and will be back in the office on Friday, 25 September 2020.
I will have limited ability to check email and telephone messages during that time so would ask that you please bear with me. I will respond to you as soon as I am able on Friday.
If your query is urgent, please don't hesitate to contact Caitlin on [email protected].
Thank you for your patience.
Kind regards
Fleur McDonald

Going Into Residential Care

As you know, I'm extremely passionate about Elder Law and the all the little small things that make a big difference for our elderly.

This is just a wee snippet video about the Residential Care Subsidy and what it means for us in New Zealand.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I will be out of the office on Friday 11 September and on Monday 14 September I will be working from home as usual. I ask that clients please bear with me and if you leave me a message which I cannot deal with whilst away, I will get back to you on Monday. I will be back in the office on Tuesday 15 September. Many thanks, Fleur McDonald

Fleur McDonald Legal's cover photo

Friday funny! Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Good friends and great clients make it all worth while.
Thank you to Kristy O’Connor and David Houston, at Weston Ward Lascelles, and Jan Berry, one of my favourite clients, for the beautiful flowers to celebrate my new space. 🤩

First day in the new office - I’m not quite in the right place yet, but the waiting area is sorted!!
Super grateful for family, especially Brent, and great friends like Jason Renfree and Kirk Mangos for getting it sorted for me.

It’s getting closer!! 🤩

Introducing Caitlin Stockman!
Many of you will have had the pleasure of working with Caitlin already but for those of you who haven't, let me introduce you to my fabulous Legal Executive, Caitlin Stockman.
Caitlin and I have worked together previously and her kind nature, work ethic and professionalism are traits I knew I wanted for my business so I was delighted that Caitlin agreed to join my team in March this year.
Our timing wasn't fabulous as Caitlin joined me two weeks before the COVID-19 Level 4 lock-down but we've managed to work through it together and I am very grateful for all the hard work Caitlin puts into my business both then and now.
If you have a query, don't hesitate to contact Caitlin on [email protected]z.
Welcome Caitlin! I am so delighted to have you as part of my team!

The school holidays are here again. Over the next two weeks I'll be juggling parenting and working so my hours have changed slightly.
I'll be working from the office on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and working from home on Monday and Wednesday for both weeks of the holidays. I'll be back to my normal hours on Monday, 20 July 2020.
If you'd like to make an appointment, the best thing to do is email me on [email protected] or Caitlin on [email protected] or you can call me on 03 423 3541.
As some of you have experienced, our coverage at home isn't great but if you leave me a message, I will come back to you.

At the heart of what matters

After nearly 15 years at two Christchurch firm's, Fleur made the decision to establish her own practice, Fleur McDonald Legal. She has established herself as a specialist and industry leader in the area of Elder Law. Fleur deals with all areas of property, asset protection and estate planning with a particular specialty in helping seniors and their families find peace of mind legal solutions. Typical solutions for Fleur’s clients involve the use of specialist Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, to ensure the smooth management of personal and property affairs, and, for her senior clients, ownership structures designed specifically for them as they move into retirement living or long-term residential care.

Fleur has an engaging and caring personality and ensures she listens to her clients before formulating solutions. Her experience and knowledge in the Elder Law area is second to none and her commitment to finding the best results for all her clients is at the heart of her service. Her intention is to bring a new focus to the provision of legal services in Christchurch by conducting client appointments that suit her clients needs either in her central city office, their family home or at a prearranged meeting place in Christchurch, Kaiapoi or Rangiora.

The by-line says it all, Fleur McDonald Legal “at the heart of what matters.”

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Videos (show all)

Merry Xmas!
...A great question from the crowd...
One Thing To Think About When Gifting
Gifitng Cavet
How assests are viewed
What If One Person is Living In Aged Care and One Person Is Living In The Community?
Asset threshold
Find Out About Residential Care Subsidies
Going Into Residential Care



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