Wendy Anderson qualified as a Legal Executive in 1992 and has been with Shanahans since 1996. We proudly celebrated her 20th anniversary with us in 2016. Wendy is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives. This is the highest level of membership of the Institute and enables her to take statutory declarations. Wendy specialises in all aspects of residential conveyancing including sales, purchases, refinancing, and associated transactions. In addition, she assists first home buyers with Homestart loans and the withdrawal of KiwiSaver funds. Having a helpful, practical, and supportive disposition, Wendy provides significant help to clients during what can be a stressful exercise of buying and/or selling a home. Wendy is also the Office Manager and oversees the running of the office. This includes providing information on the services offered by Shanahans Law. Wendy also provides quotes (where fixed quotes can be given), as well as other help either directly or via another member of the firm. Outside the office, Wendy has a very busy family life which includes a variety of activities and travel.
Joy was originally from the Waikato but is now a true “Westie”, calling West Auckland her home for the past 46 years. She joined Shanahan & Co in 1983 to work for Mick Shanahan, the founding partner of the firm, as his secretary. Joy became a Registered Legal Executive in 1996 so is now responsible for her own clients. Joy’s sound knowledge of the West Auckland area in addition to her interest in home renovation gives her a good understanding of client situations and needs. Joy handles all aspects of conveyancing work including sales, purchases, and refinances. She is incredibly thorough and has an excellent eye for detail and, as such, her particular areas of expertise are subdivisions, building contracts, and commercial transactions, including the sale and purchase of businesses. Joy also assists clients with family trusts and the preparation of wills. Being an active person, Joy enjoys gardening and landscaping as well as sports (mainly from the couch!) and cooking for friends and family – and we don’t complain when we get the leftovers!
Sheryl Backhouse-Smith is one of our Estate Legal Executives. She is a point of contact for estate administration, having knowledge and experience in estate work and understanding the diversity in family circumstances and cultures. Sheryl assists families at a pace they are comfortable with, answering the difficult questions when a loved one has passed away and guiding the family through the process of administering an estate. Sheryl qualified as a Legal Executive in 2007 and enjoys working in the area of wills, estates and enduring powers of attorney. She is a mother of three adult children and has spent many years associated with Surf Life-Saving at Bethells Beach. She enjoysreading and relaxing at the beach with friends and extended family.