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Legal Beagle is a team of bright, non-traditional lawyers.

We're fresh, modern and committed to making it easy for kiwis to get affordable and timely legal help in New Zealand. We handle matters with the right mix of accessibility and friendliness as we strive to make you feel comfortable and well looked after. Our clients catch our enthusiasm for the law and (gasp) some even find it interesting! 

We destroyed the two barriers that put people off going to see a lawyer: cost and inconvenience. You wanted upfront pricing with no hidden costs and we nailed it. We keep it simple and sensible with our Fixed Price Guarantee which applies to all the quotes we provide. No surprises, overcharging or shock from extra costs you get from traditional lawyers. We stand by our services with a 100% client satisfaction guarantee. 

To help you cope with the demands on your time we embrace the technologies that enable us to work smarter and faster.  Our legal services are delivered through your own private dashboard - payment, documentation, and communication are available 24/7 in one convenient place. We're leading the modernisation of the legal industry in New Zealand and have the courage to do things differently.  And now, with the power of automio, we are able to deliver even better results faster and at lower cost.

WriteMarkFullAlso, we know how good it feels to understand AND to be understood. We use clear and simple language. No legalese, legal jargon, legal mumbo jumbo, and definitely no legal gobbledygook. In 2014 our firm won Writemark's People's Choice award for Best Plain English Communication. As Sophie Schroder writes in NZ Lawyer Magazine, "Legal Beagle firm wins by untangling the web of law". We did that so you don't get stuck.

We've been featured in various media outlets including the NZ Herald and the Taranaki Daily News and praised for helping Kiwis learn about their legal rights and responsibilities. We donate our time and expertise to the Citizen's Advice Bureau and help graduate lawyers kickstart their careers through our involvement in Law Alliance NZ. Also, if you post your legal question to Legal Beagle's facebook page on a Friday our team will answer your legal question for free!

We specialise in Property, Wills, Family Trusts, Employment Advice, Registering Companies and Trademarks, and are happy to help you with all your legal matters in New Zealand.

 

 

Claudia King

Director / Lawyer

 

 

Claudia created Legal Beagle in 2011, leading the modernisation of New Zealand's legal industry and making the buying of legal services and documents online so quick and easy that people don't think twice about doing it. 

While working for boutique commercial law firm, Dennis King Law, Claudia identified a need within New Zealand to provide online legal services for everyday legal matters at upfront prices with no hidden costs. She is driven to make the law simple, affordable and accessible for Kiwis and believes that as a lawyer she has a responsibility to make sure her clients understand the law that applies to them and know what they are signing. 

For the past 9 years she has been working with entrepreneurs and innovative businesses to help them protect themselves legally and take advantage of exciting opportunities. She has experience in conveyancing, trusts, estates, wills, intellectual property, commercial and civil litigation, and employment law. And in a previous life, Claudia was a tax advisor for one of the big 4 accounting firms, gaining a solid grounding in tax law.

On a daily basis Claudia helps with quoting, supervision of the team, doing trust, business and commercial legal work for clients, coordinating marketing, writing articles and guides, streamlining processes, exploring new opportunities and more.  But life is not all about work and Claudia is determined to find a balance spending time with her daughter, Carolina, as well as being a marriage celebrant and organising a local professional women's network.  

Mahatma Ghandi is noted for his quote, "If you don't ask, you don't get", and this has real practical meaning for Claudia. Advocating and advancing the modernisation of the legal industry requires a deep respect for technology. She has asked and received help to make Legal Beagle the go-to firm for online legal services. 

 

 

Fraser King

Lawyer

 

 

Fraser embraces the modern style of practising law that is at the heart of Legal Beagle. He supports our mission of providing affordable and timely online legal services while helping us to grow the litigation and commercial law practice. 

Through strategising, communicating and executing effectively, Fraser aids in the success of people and businesses and enriches the community. Acting in their best interests he achieves the best possible results and, in doing so, enriches his own life and the firm's. 'Good for you, good for me', right?

Fraser was admitted to the bar in 2009 and earned a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy while working for Dennis King law over the next two years. Then for several years he went out on his own in business as a barrister sole specialising in commercial, civil and criminal litigation before rejoining us in 2016. Presently he is drafting, editing, and revising a doctoral thesis aimed at evaluating jury comprehension as part of an Australasian-wide study reviewing jury trials in today's society. 

Fraser shares this quote from Rumi, "It's your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you but no one can walk it for you". Perhaps he should replace the word, walk, with the word, ride, in this quote given his lifelong passion of riding horses? His favourite horse sport is three day Eventing, where he has been National NZ Champion and has competed at the highest international level in Europe. Additionally, Fraser holds the rank of First Lieutenant NZ Army Territorial Force and oversees and participates in the training of local protective forces in the community. 

 

 

Yvonne King

Office Manager

 

 

Behind Legal Beagle's successful working environment is this woman. Yvonne's role is supporting the staff by ensuring they have the necessary resources and systems to be effective in their roles.

Apart from being relief for Sheryn, the Client Relationship Manager, Yvonne has little direct contact with clients. Her main focus is on having a structure in place that allows the team members to perform at their best providing excellent results for happy customers. 

Yvonne trained as a primary school teacher. The vagaries of the education system meant there was either an over-supply or under supply of teachers.  When she returned from her OE there was an over-supply so she had to look elsewhere for work and chose to study accountancy. She has worked in business management ever since.  Yvonne's “other” job is breeding sport horses. By combining the best of German warmblood lines with the best of the NZ thoroughbred lines they are trying to produce the ultimate eventer for the international market. A more recent “joy” has come into her life by way of her beautiful granddaughter, Carolina.

Yvonne is inspired by this quote from John Quincy Adams, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader".

 

 

Kelsey McEwan

Associate/Lawyer

 

 

Kelsey leads the Legal Beagle team in helping customers understand tricky legal areas.

Born and raised in New Plymouth, Kelsey returned home after a 4-year stint in Wellington where she completed her law degree at Victoria University. Having worked as a student for Dennis King Law periodically since 2012, Kelsey joined the team full time and was admitted to the bar in 2015. Kelsey has been particularly enthusiastic about Dennis King Law’s online legal service, Legal Beagle, and now leads that team. Kelsey was promoted to Associate in 2016 and busies herself with commercial and property work. Outside of work Kelsey is a keen singer and actress and is a proud member of the New Plymouth Operatic Society. Taranaki theatre-goers may recognise her from a number of local music productions.

It may be this inspirational quote, “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible’” from Audrey Hepburn, that propels her onward and upward. 

 

 

Jessica Churchman

Associate/Lawyer

 

 

A problem solver who won't stick your problems in the "too hard" basket.

Jessica likes a challenge and working with the really ‘onto it’ like-minded people at Legal Beagle. Here she's given opportunities to learn something new every day and to make a positive difference. Jessica will listen, and answer questions in clear, easy to understand language (we know a thing or two about that at Legal Beagle)!

She started her legal career at a law firm focussed on family and employment law. In order to expand her commercial experience, she worked at a Cambridge law firm in all areas of commercial practice. Jessica loves looking at the nuances of contracts and preparing employment and relationship property agreements. She also likes getting the ‘best deal’ for her clients.

The quote “you have brains in your head and feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose” by Dr Seuss, is one of Jessica's faves. It may be what guided her to explore diverse roles in Law, Education, and Share Milking on a dairy farm with her husband and 6 month old son.

 

 

Angela Millen

Legal Adviser

 

 

Angela is all out of bubblegum...

She is out to achieve optimum results (think, kick butt) for her clients and to assist their understanding of legal processes. Angela enjoys using her skills to get projects done at Legal Beagle, which she describes as a brilliantly progressive firm.

After completing her studies at Victoria University, Angela spent many years travelling and working overseas. She relocated to London and studied law with a view to becoming a barrister. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2004 and worked in top law firms in London. Angela then moved into teaching media law for 8 years but left London in 2013 to move back to New Zealand. Her particular interests are in Intellectual Property and Defamation law. 

Back in the day Angela was into motorcycling but now prefers spending time with her partner and young son. She enjoys homely things such as creative writing, computer gaming, and fresia-growing. And if you haven't guessed it yet, her favourite quote said first by Roddy Piper in the 1988 movie, They Live, is "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum".

 

 

Janice Fieldes

IT and Accounts Manager

 

 

Janice has a passion for mathematics and as Legal Beagle's Accounts Manager, she looks after the clients' money and makes damn sure it is where it needs to be.

She says the NZ Law Society has very strict rules as to how clients' money is handled and her job is to ensure Legal Beagle follows those rules. Janice has worked for the Kings, previously for Dennis and Yvonne and now, Claudia, for a total of 20 years. Her job is to oversee the clients' trust account and oversees the firm's business account as well. She likes the figures to balance and derives professional satisfaction from facing a mountain of figures and "working it all out". 

She and her husband, Don, share a love of music and the world of music has brought them many good friends and good times. The other love of their lives is Blitz, their faithful canine companion. And just for fun, Janice likes David Lee Roth's quote, "I used to jog but the ice kept falling out of my glass".

 

 

Sheryn Comer

Client Relationship Manager

 

 

Sheryn's extensive skills and experience in corporate administration are put to good use in her current role of Client Relationship Manager for Legal Beagle. 

Every day she answers customer enquiries, sets customers up as new clients (yay!), assists existing clients with new matters (because they know a good thing and keep coming back) and completes all administrative tasks, letters of engagement, invoices and receipts so the legal team can carry out the legal work. She's been with the firm since 2007 and values being part of a hard-working and compatible team. As a keen viewer of televised court cases and unsolved mysteries Sheryn has an ideal job. 

Away from work Sheryn enjoys spending quality time with friends and family and belongs to the local Archery club. She has travelled extensively overseas and can tell you about her favourite destinations and daring moments.  One of her fav quotes is from Oscar Wilde, "Be yourself, everyone else is already taken".

 

 

Kate Swan

Registered Legal Executive

 

 

One thing that Kate loves is sharing in the joy that people experience upon realising that they have bought their first home. What a thrill! 

Residential and commercial conveyancing transactions are a satisfying part of her role. Kate also assists with trust account administration, any trust or estate planning matters, and estate administration. She likes to help people understand why they are doing what we are asking them to do, and to help people make sense of things that at times seem quite illogical. 

Kate started working in law in 2000, loved it, and never really left. She qualified as a legal executive in 2004 and completed her Diploma in Conveyancing in 2010. Kate is married and a mother to identical twin daughters. She is the Secretary and Treasurer for the Taranaki Master Painters Association, and heavily involved with the Taranaki Car Club, even racing when they have a race car that goes.

Kate chose two quotes to share. The first, “And though she be but little, she is fierce” by William Shakespeare, appears to capture the car racing side of Kate. And the second quote, “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” by Roald Dahl, may better describe her in her role at Legal Beagle.

 

 

Shona Robertson

Legal Assistant

 

 

Here to help ... with a smile!

Shona is here to help you, and if she can't, she'll find the right person who can. It is her pleasure to help others achieve what it is they want or need to achieve. Every week day at Legal Beagle, Shona puts her helpful nature to good use. She has a background in Administration/finance and an Accountant Tech qualification.  

Shona's spare time is spent with her husband, two sons, and mum. She enjoys reading, anything and everything, preferring a bit of mystery. Shona wishes she could take credit for Alan Coren's quote, "Enjoy your life today, because yesterday has gone and tomorrow may never come". 

 

 

Morgan Kane

 

 

Morgan's goals are clear: help people and continue learning.

Morgan is studying towards an LLB and BA, majoring in History and International Relations at Victoria University Wellington. She decided that studying law and working in a legal environment is the best way for her to be continuously learning and helping people. 

This year Morgan is getting some practical legal experience before heading back in 2018 to complete her law degree. At Legal Beagle, she helps our lawyers with legal research, works on real cases, and is enjoying the valuable “hands on” nature of her role. As well as being the face our clients see when they call in, Morgan is keen to help out anywhere when needed.

Morgan was born and raised in New Plymouth and loves exploring the outdoors. She shares a wonderful quote with us by Socrates, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on rebuilding the new”. We are fortunate that Morgan’s energy is focused on Legal Beagle this year.

 

 

Noreen Ongchangco

Team Support

 

 

Noreen is loving the challenges of her position and giving our clients timely attention and excellent customer service.

She makes sure all client calls and requests are handled with utmost care and professionalism. Her passion and persistence are evident in this team support role. In addition to answering general enquiries, Noreen prepares documents, reconciles accounts, and much more.

To her, every day is an opportunity to learn. She strives to stay on top of new technology and trends in customer service relationships. Working with a tech-savvy company like Legal Beagle complements these goals.

Her fav quote by Jerry Rice, “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t”, sums up Noreen’s willingness to test and expand her abilities. In her spare time, she loves creating new dishes for her family to enjoy and undertaking sewing projects for her babies. She also enjoys watching crime dramas and cop shows on TV.

 

 

Matt Sagen

Designer & Developer

 

 

Matt writes the software that we use to create the best possible customer experience, increase our efficiency, and in turn lower our prices.

Currently he is working on developing software that helps professionals like lawyers, accountants and business advisors capture their expertise and create automated, online self-service products to sell to their customers. This awesome project is scheduled to be released later this year!

Matt has over 15 years of professional IT experience (Sales, Project Planning and Management, Branding, User Interface Design, Software Development, and QA) and credits his Dad and his brother for encouraging him to write code from a very early age. He loves the creative challenge of designing interfaces and the technical challenge of building them. He enjoys helping businesses like Legal Beagle to modernise not only their technology, but their culture and processes, freeing people to spend more time doing what they love, both in and out of their offices.

When he is out of the office (and not looking after his 2 children and his dog with his wife, Mary), he is playing piano and guitar, rollerblading, surfing, or biking. As a classically trained jazz pianist he appreciates this quote: "Talking about music is like dancing about architecture" by Martin Mull.

 

 

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