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Danielle Ward joined our team in 2017, and specialises in elder law and conveyancing.
In her elder law practice, she’s passionate about helping our clients put in place tailored life planning tools, including enduring powers of attorney, trusts and wills, to ensure they can live life on their own terms, as much as is possible, whatever happens. Danielle works particularly closely with our older clientele, including those who live in rest homes or other assisted-living environments.
Graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Danielle received her law degree four years later. Her first role out of law school was as a Solicitor in Marton.
Since visiting Wanaka as a child with her Dad, the official photographer for Warbirds Over Wanaka at the time, Danielle set a goal of one day making the Upper Clutha home. And, in 2017, she did, moving here with husband Cam and terrier Radar.
An ardent animal lover, Danielle also happens to be a qualified veterinary nurse, and has studied zoology, too – so, not surprisingly, brings a keen interest in animal law.
Danielle puts relationships and collaboration among her top priorities in her practice.
“Teamwork, good communication and building good relationships with colleagues, clients and other professionals makes everything run more smoothly and enjoyably,” she says.
When it comes to working with clients, it’s very personal.
“I really listen to the issues, and make sure that legal concepts and processes are explained in an understandable way.
“It’s really important to me that our clients know they are way more than “just a file” to us.”
A member of the Otago Women’s Law Society, Danielle spends her time outside the office skiing, reading, with animals, crafting, adventuring, and is currently sharpening up her French and Japanese.
Her bucket list includes meeting a sloth, and she’s such a sucker for country music and cowboy boots, Nashville beckoned – but, ultimately, the United States’ loss was Wanaka’s gain.