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"

Operating as usual

22/06/2021

Just a bit of an update from the team at Fleur McDonald Legal.

Fleur is still nursing a torn muscle and when she is able to drive, which she hopes will be next week, she'll be back in the office.

Fleur is working from home, checking her emails and taking calls from her clients, when coverage allows.

Caitlin will be working from the office today but, will have to leave at 1:00 pm for a school event - family comes first here at F M Legal!

We apologise if this disruption has caused any inconvenience to our clients. It’s been a bit of a headache for us all but we’re looking forward to being back on deck, and back to normal ASAP!

Just a bit of an update from the team at Fleur McDonald Legal.

Fleur is still nursing a torn muscle and when she is able to drive, which she hopes will be next week, she'll be back in the office.

Fleur is working from home, checking her emails and taking calls from her clients, when coverage allows.

Caitlin will be working from the office today but, will have to leave at 1:00 pm for a school event - family comes first here at F M Legal!

We apologise if this disruption has caused any inconvenience to our clients. It’s been a bit of a headache for us all but we’re looking forward to being back on deck, and back to normal ASAP!

18/06/2021

Fleur went to the gym.
Fleur tore a muscle.
Fleur is in pain and at home.
Fleur doesn't like the gym.

PS - we're also closed but, available via email :)

Fleur went to the gym.
Fleur tore a muscle.
Fleur is in pain and at home.
Fleur doesn't like the gym.

PS - we're also closed but, available via email :)

14/06/2021

Hello lovely people!

Our offices will be closed tomorrow afternoon from 2:30pm to allow our people a bit of 'family time'.

It will be business as normal come Wednesday and we are available via email if you need us!

FMDL x

Hello lovely people!

Our offices will be closed tomorrow afternoon from 2:30pm to allow our people a bit of 'family time'.

It will be business as normal come Wednesday and we are available via email if you need us!

FMDL x

30/05/2021

It's a little wet out there!

We hope you are all safe and sound. Keep an eye on the MetService website for all the updates and warnings, and if you can, try and avoid the unnecessary travel.

FMDL x

It's a little wet out there!

We hope you are all safe and sound. Keep an eye on the MetService website for all the updates and warnings, and if you can, try and avoid the unnecessary travel.

FMDL x

25/05/2021

Hello!

My name is Miss Pixie and I'm the official new team member and time waster in the office!

I promise I won't eat all the legal documents!*

*I can't promise this...

Hello!

My name is Miss Pixie and I'm the official new team member and time waster in the office!

I promise I won't eat all the legal documents!*

*I can't promise this...

19/05/2021

Five Star Review - Live from the car lol.

This review is literally "hot off the press" and from Ryan's car after hearing about the confirmation of their section purchase in the Marlborough Sounds!

Honestly, this is why we love what we do! Helping people and making things super easy!

Covid-19: How the vaccine roll-out works for elderly and vulnerable in group three 15/05/2021

Covid-19: How the vaccine roll-out works for elderly and vulnerable in group three

If you are over 65 years of age, have you scheduled your Covid vaccination? The country is now in Phase three which will see 1.7 million elderly and vulnerable people eligible for the vaccination if they want it.

Covid-19: How the vaccine roll-out works for elderly and vulnerable in group three An additional 1.7 million people became eligible to receive the Covid-19 jab on Saturday, but many aren't likely to be contacted by DHBs until the end of the month.

08/05/2021

Happy Mothers Day from all of us here at Fleur McDonald Legal.

We understand that this is often not the easiest time with many 'mums' no longer with us so, we wanted to take the time to acknowledge them and we know how amazing they are.

We also know that there are many 'dad mums' out there that look after the family for a number of reasons and become 'mums'.

You're all legends and we hope you have a great day!

Happy Mothers Day from all of us here at Fleur McDonald Legal.

We understand that this is often not the easiest time with many 'mums' no longer with us so, we wanted to take the time to acknowledge them and we know how amazing they are.

We also know that there are many 'dad mums' out there that look after the family for a number of reasons and become 'mums'.

You're all legends and we hope you have a great day!

04/05/2021

Getting a LIM - what you NEED to be careful of!

Ever had a LIM in an auction pack?

Generally speaking, when you're going to purchase a property many vendors or agents will supply a LIM for you.

But, this is not always the best practice for you to make a decision to purchase!

Here's why:

25/04/2021

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

19/04/2021

Getting the right deposit

Getting the dollars and cents together when purchasing a home is pretty important!

Without that in place, it's going to be hard to purchase a home!

We can work with your mortgage broker or bank to make sure that whether you're building your first home, or buying at an auction, we've got the right $$$ in the right place.

It's now easier to send Fleur McDonald Legal a message. 19/04/2021

It's now easier to send Fleur McDonald Legal a message.

It's now easier to send Fleur McDonald Legal a message.

09/04/2021

Auction Time!

Auctions...

Kinda scary - kinda exciting all in one!

Watch this video to find out a little more about them, and what they can mean for the first home buyer :)

Covid 19 coronavirus: Two million Kiwis to be vaccinated in four months - rollout plan unveiled - NZ Herald 06/04/2021

Covid 19 coronavirus: Two million Kiwis to be vaccinated in four months - rollout plan unveiled - NZ Herald

Seniors over the age of 70 can expect to be offered the Covid vaccine from May 2021 onwards according to this article.

The last year has made us more aware than ever of the need to have our affairs in order and we invite you to contact us to discuss your Will, Enduring Powers of Attorney and other important documents including Funeral Trusts and Advanced Care Plans.

Contact Fleur on 365 1595 or by email [email protected] to arrange an appointment to suit.

Covid 19 coronavirus: Two million Kiwis to be vaccinated in four months - rollout plan unveiled - NZ Herald At-risk people in South Auckland and people in care homes next in line for vaccine.

Retirement village residents call for quick changes to give them slice of capital gains 06/04/2021

Retirement village residents call for quick changes to give them slice of capital gains

In this article, Retirement Village residents call for changes to the Retirement Villages Code of practice to enable capital gains to be shared.

Occupation Right Agreements (ORA) are complicated legal documents and we specialise in dealing with the purchase of the right to occupy a unit in a Retirement Village.

To make an appointment with Fleur to discuss your situation give us a call on 365 1595 or email [email protected]

Retirement village residents call for quick changes to give them slice of capital gains Retirement village residents want more protections including their own ombudsman or commissioner to resolve disputes

31/03/2021

Our Fixed Fee Promise

We know that finding your first home can be a mission!

The last thing that you want on top of this is - a huge fee for your legal services!

With us, you'll pay a fixed fee - not a cent over. We like doing law like that and our goal is to make owning your first home, affordable and easy.

29/03/2021

Happy Easter!
Fleur McDonald Legal will be closed from 4:00 pm on Thursday, 1 April 2021, for the Easter weekend. Caitlin and I will be back in the office on Wednesday, 7th April 2021, and look forward to being in contact with you all then.
We wish you, and your families, a safe and happy Easter weekend.
Take care and stay safe!
Fleur and Caitlin

Happy Easter!
Fleur McDonald Legal will be closed from 4:00 pm on Thursday, 1 April 2021, for the Easter weekend. Caitlin and I will be back in the office on Wednesday, 7th April 2021, and look forward to being in contact with you all then.
We wish you, and your families, a safe and happy Easter weekend.
Take care and stay safe!
Fleur and Caitlin

27/03/2021

Where Do I Start?

You've found the home...

What now?

With Fleur McDonald Legal its easy - one simple call and explain where and when you're thinking about purchasing and we'll do the rest!

24/03/2021

Get Your 'Team' Sorted!

When you're ready to buy your first home, it can be exciting and nerve-racking all in the same breath!

Watch this video from Caitlin on the importance of having the right team behind you and WHEN you should start getting your team together...

22/02/2021

How I Like To Make My Clients Feel

When I practice the law, I really don't adhere to the 'charge every 6 minutes' rule that many firms do.

I'd rather get to know the client first and then tailor the solution that fits not just the law, but their lifestyle too.

22/02/2021

Ten years on, it feels like it happened only yesterday.

As a staunch Cantab and Canterbury business, we love this city and the people who live here and know there are many people who suffered, and continue to suffer, after this terrible event.

We just wanted to say - we're thinking of you all. Your strength and resilience in the face of this event is truly awe-inspiring.

Kia Kaha x

Ten years on, it feels like it happened only yesterday.

As a staunch Cantab and Canterbury business, we love this city and the people who live here and know there are many people who suffered, and continue to suffer, after this terrible event.

We just wanted to say - we're thinking of you all. Your strength and resilience in the face of this event is truly awe-inspiring.

Kia Kaha x

14/02/2021

Meet Fleur!

Meet, well, me!

As much as I loathe going in front of the camera, it was great opportunity to tell you all about why I started Fleur McDonald Legal and why I love my clients so much.

Watch and enjoy!

[02/09/21]   We love to get fantastic testimonials from our lovely clients. Ben, it was our absolute pleasure to assist you with your first home purchase.

"Thank you both for your great work in helping me buy my first house! Making everything look simple and seamless, with a record-holding response time. I would highly recommend you to anybody looking for legal advice!"

-Ben

08/02/2021

Meet Caitlin - Our Legal Executive Legend!

We're well and truly back into the swing of things here at Fleur McDonald Legal, and we managed to get a couple of seconds to catch up with Caitlin - our Legal Executive superstar!

Honestly, we couldn't do the job without her!

Watch the video to find out a little bit more about her and what's been happening at Fleur McDonald Law over the NY period.

08/02/2021

The Family Trust - What You Need To Know

Gifting and having a Trust - it's vitally important to do it right, and, the rules are always changing!

You can get yourself into a world of hurt if you haven't got it setup right and you don't follow the steps to keep the Government and taxman happy :)

*This video was shot last year, so those 1st Jan changes are already in the mix!

06/02/2021

Retirement Villages vs Rest Home Care

There's a difference between Retirement Villages and Rest Home Care?!

Really?

Yes, really - and they are viewed differently when it comes to Work and Income NZ.

My job is to make sure that you get the best legal care when you move into your 'golden years'.

If you have any questions, my phone/messenger inbox, email is alway open!

03/02/2021

The Asset Threshold

How your assets are viewed by Work and Income can be a bit of a minefield and often difficult to understand.

Watch as I give an example when it comes to property - one of your biggest assets!

01/01/2021

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!

24/12/2020

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.

Amazing!

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.

newshub.co.nz 18/12/2020

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.

14/12/2020

...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 :)

stuff.co.nz 12/12/2020

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.

07/12/2020

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

04/12/2020

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!

04/12/2020

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]

https://www.eldernet.co.nz/gazette/qa-dr-matthew-croucher-on-dementia-test/

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.”

Videos (show all)

Five Star Review - Live from the car lol.
Getting a LIM - what you NEED to be careful of!
Getting the right deposit
Auction Time!
Our Fixed Fee Promise
Where Do I Start?
Get Your 'Team' Sorted!
How I Like To Make My Clients Feel
Meet Fleur!
Meet Caitlin - Our Legal Executive Legend!
The Family Trust - What You Need To Know
Retirement Villages vs Rest Home Care

Telephone

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146 Bealey Avenue
Christchurch
8013

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 14:30
Tuesday 09:30 - 15:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00
Friday 09:30 - 17:00
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