Hello and welcome to my business page! I am honoured that you are here. I thought I would tell you a bit about myself - only fair because I will get to know you when we start working together.
I first became a Lawyer in New Zealand in 2010 where I was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court. I worked in my home town, Porirua, Wellington for a couple of years (absolutely loved it) before making the move to Brisbane in 2012 where I was also admitted as a Legal Practitioner in the Supreme Court of Queensland.
I am a mum of boys, wife, sister, friend and everything in between. In 2020 (smack bang in the middle of #covid) I took the leap to become a sole practitioner and here I am - loving it because I get to help amazing people get their legacy documents sorted. I've found a corner of the law that I love to work in; where I can do one thing and do it well! I will help you by personalising your legacy documents.
My vision is to provide you with an amazing and warm service, to listen and engage with you, to know all of your legacy wishes and put those onto paper.
You will learn along the way (if you haven't already picked it from my social media pages) that I am anything but your typical lawyer. I like to avoid the use of legal terms as much as I can. I like to talk, equally as much as I like to listen. I want you to feel the value that I can add to your life by helping you to personalise your legacy documents.
A bit about the business name; 'Lavenia' is my middle name and also my maternal grandmother's name. My first name, Lana, takes two letters from both my maternal and paternal grandmother's. Names are important to me and I am honoured to carry the ones that I do.
My names cloak me with the legacy of my ancestors.
My business name is an ode to the #boss female ancestors that have gone before me.
My mum is of full Samoan Heritage. My dad is of Maori and European heritage. I grew up speaking Samoan because my maternal grandmother could not speak English very well, so in order to communicate with her, we had to speak Samoan; I am so grateful that my upbringing was full of cultural and traditional experiences.
So many life experiences have led me to practice in this area of the law. I have empathy for those who have experienced death and the ongoing effects that the death of a family member can have on you - for life.
I want to help you leave the legacy that you have always imagined for your family.
I view death as an intricate part of life, not a something separate from it.
I promise to make your legacy planning experience light and informative - not doom and gloom.
I look forward to working with you!