Our expert, empathetic team has significant experience assisting clients who are moving into a retirement home or lifestyle village. This is a major life decision that requires careful planning and sound, practical advice.
Residents in facilities run by most of the big retirement village operators have no legal ownership in the villa, apartment, or room they occupy, so it is critical clients have a good understanding of the legalities of this arrangement, particularly when it comes to occupation right agreements and disclosure documents.
It is important clients understand the level of care and services they can expect for their weekly service fee at their chosen village and how this compares to the competition.
We also help clients to understand and plan for any future changes to their care requirements. A new occupation right agreement would be required if they were to move from a villa to an apartment or into full rest home care.
In addition to providing services around retirement and lifestyle villages, Saunders & Co offers a full elder law service, including property transactions, estate planning, wills, enduring powers of attorney and family trust issues.
For most people a retirement or lifestyle village will be the last place they live, so it is important they are happy in their new environment and are confident they will be cared for with the respect and courtesy they deserve.
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I am an experienced Senior Registered Legal Executive who joined Saunders & Co in 2015. I am also a fellow member of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives.
I work alongside Toby Giles on a wide range of property and commercial matters, from conveyancing, first home purchases, refinancing, asset protection, wills, trusts and (enduring) powers of attorney to restructuring and retirement village occupation rights agreements.
I am down to earth and always have the best interests of my clients at heart. I concentrate on being a good listener and communicator, and spend time establishing a strong understanding of people’s positions. This helps me to tailor advice on potential risks or advantages early in the process, helping to achieve the best results. When necessary I advise clients on the protection of their position and assets into the future.
First-home buyers are an important part of my portfolio. I enjoy helping them realise their potential through property purchase and can steer them in directions to get the best results.
Almost all of my work is with private clients, apart from some commercial lease matters. Although I work predominantly with Toby, other solicitors at Saunders & Co also call on my expertise from time to time.
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I am a consultant who joined Saunders & Co in 2013 from Franklin Law in Pukekohe. There I was a Senior Solicitor practising as a civil and family court lawyer and head of the estates administration team.
Based at our Hornby office, I have an extensive general practice with an emphasis on estate administration and litigation, relationship property agreements and litigation, wills, enduring powers of attorney, and residential property conveyancing. I also have significant experience in rural legal matters, in particular, the dairying and chicken farming industries.
With a relaxed, friendly approach, I relate to a wide range of people, and am able to help individuals to solve any legal issues they may face. Relationship property makes up around half of my practice. I am known for being calm and pragmatic as I help clients navigate what can be emotionally-charged situations.
I am well organised, like to keep a tidy office, and enjoy using technology to communicate with my clients.
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What My Clients Say
“I am so pleased that I chose Saunders & Co for all my legal requirements. I have found that they are very professional and a pleasure to deal with.”
“The team that assisted me during my relationship split, proved to be professional and went above and beyond to assist me. They made the process as simple as they possible could, they also showed empathy during a very stressful time.”
We would just like to thank you for all your assistance in the whole process of buying our first home. It was not smooth but with your help it was made easy. We’d be very happy to recommend you to family and friends in the future. We will be in touch if we need your service again.”
Dennis Demanawa and Marie Bulaong
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Heather Ruddle, Prestige Commercial Vehicles
“Thank you to both of you Peter and Jennifer, for the sensitive way in which you managed to navigate our issues. I acknowledge you were often placed in an uncompromising position needing to deal with our emotional frustrations and sometimes angry outbursts. With your patient guidance and understanding we have now reached an amicable outcome.”
R Naida Glavish ONZM JP, Co-Chair Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua