Advice that’s affordable and in plain English.
Queenstown lawyers

Don't you love knowing the cost of an iceblock, before you even walk into the dairy?

At Frankton Legal, so do we. That’s why you’ll find many of our services have set prices and are surprisingly affordable.

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Frankton Legal is a little different to your normal law firm. The team operates a tight ship, with a roll-up-your sleeves attitude and minimal overheads. Why?

Because they want to provide legal services that are affordable and advice that is in plain English.

(If you want to hear words like hereinbefore, then you should probably use another law firm.)

Karen Castiglione

Karen Castiglione

(BA, LLB (Hons))

Karen has been practicing law since graduating from Victoria University in 1997. She has worked in private practice, as well as for businesses and government. Frankton Legal is Karen’s concept. After 17 years practicing law, she wanted to offer clients a different option. That’s why you’ll find set prices for many services and an up-front fee estimate for all other work. When it comes to bills, Karen doesn’t like surprises and assumes you don’t either.

Maree Adams

Maree Adams


With more than 15 years legal experience and a wealth of life experience, Maree has worked in both small and large law firms in the wider Otago area and has extensive experience in general practice including Property, Estates, Trust and Commercial law. Like Karen, Maree believes in providing value and engaging with clients in a meaningful way.

Jasmine Edghill

Jasmine Edghill

Law Clerk

Jasmine graduated with a LLB (Hons) from the Australian National University in 2017, and is currently studying to qualify as a New Zealand lawyer. She is passionate about travel, and combined this with her love of law to intern in the world’s largest law firm in Shanghai. Jasmine is excited to have joined the Frankton Legal team, and looks forward to assisting clients in their Property and Estates requirements.


Johanna Wright

Johanna Wright

Practice Manager

Johanna manages Frankton Legal’s accounts and administration. This includes surveying our clients (we genuinely want to know if our service met your expectations) and actioning changes in light of that feedback.



Odie is Frankton Legal’s unofficial receptionist. He has a waggy tail and loves to be patted. He also likes Pinot Noir (or maybe that’s us).

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Services & fees

Frankton Legal offers a range of legal services at a set price or with an up-front fee estimate.*
All prices include GST, LINZ registration fees and our office expenses. Our price does not include any specialist reports, LIM Reports or fees charged by third parties such as body corporates when a unit is sold.

* These prices are for straightforward scenarios of each service. If we anticipate that your requirements may deviate from the norm, we will tell you at the outset and provide you with an estimate before starting. For all fixed fee work, payment is due 50% before we start work and 50% when we finish the work.

Other services

  • Subdivisions and boundary adjustments
  • Buying and selling businesses
  • Sorting things out, if your relationship ends
  • Applying for Probate or Letters of Administration
  • Managing an Estate

Buying a house

Buying a house or unit - price under $1.2m

With a mortgage


Without a mortgage


Buying rural property - price under $1.2m

With a mortgage


Without a mortgage


Buying bare land

With a mortgage


Without a mortgage


Prepurchase check when buying real estate


Selling a house

Selling a house, unit or bare land - price under $1.2m

With a mortgage


Without a mortgage


Sale and Purchase Agreement

Preparing an agreement for sale and purchase for a private sale




One security property only

Writing a will

Writing a will

Simple Will - one person


Simple Wills - for a couple


Power of Attorney

Enduring Power of Attorney (Property or Care and Welfare)


Per document

Occupation Rights Agreement

Buying an Occupation Rights Agreement in a retirement village (includes advice and settlement)



Relationship agreements

Relationship agreements

Basic Relationship Property Agreement (a pre-nup)


Keep in mind your partner needs to get advice from another lawyer, so there will be another legal fee as well.

Independent advice on a Relationship Property Agreement (a pre-nup)


Depending on complexity

Independent advice on a Separation Agreement


Depending on complexity


Setting up a trust and transferring a house to it

Setting up a family trust and transferring one asset to the trust (like a house)


The fee reduces to $1,600 if the asset being transferred doesn't have a Bank mortgage

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Pay us

Trust account

Bank: ASB
Branch: Queenstown
Account Name: Frankton Legal Trust Account
Account Number: 12-3195-0000791-01
Please use your client number and last name as a reference.

If transferring funds from outside New Zealand:
Swift Code: ASBBNZ2A
Bank Address: ASB Bank Limited, 12 Jellicoe Street, ASB North Wharf, Auckland

Credit card payment

We now accept payment by credit card online. Please phone us to receive a secure payment link. Note that a 2.5% transaction fee applies.


“Karen is a fantastic Lawyer!

She makes everything so clear and easy to understand. I found Karen very professional, friendly and organized. I highly recommend her to all my friends and family”

Jenny Hodgson

Client feedback

“We approached Karen to help us complete our wills. She was efficient, patient and a pleasure to work with. The set price structure was great, as we knew exactly how much it would cost and could concentrate on the task at hand. Karen’s working style is refreshing. There is no trace of any traditional lawyer-client power imbalance. She simply works alongside you to achieve the outcome you’re after.”

Brigid Feely

“Hi Karen

Thanks so much for your help with sorting out my bank loan. Your were an angel in my hour of need and simplified a process that seemed overwhelming to me.

I was very impressed with the up-front and reasonable cost of your service. I will definitely be coming back to you if I need any other legal assistance.”



“I have no hesitation in recommending Karen Castiglione as someone who delivers a holistic and very professional service. I found Karen's service to be efficient, effective and economical. The advice quickly led to resolution in a drawn out relationship property matter. I also appreciated the emotional support and genuine empathy”


“We have used Karen now for many years and can not recommend her more highly. Her website is like no other legal one I have ever seen as you know exactly how much you need to pay BEFORE hand.

Karen and her razor sharp team very often pick up mistakes other legal parties have made, she makes everything very stress free. She has the amazing ability to balance total professionalism with down to earth language and there's never any waiting on tender hooks to hear as she keeps constant contact.

The all female team are a total delight to deal with as they have a very unique and fresh approach to law, we always seem to fit in a good laugh and I would leave smiling.

We may have left the area but we will never replace her as our lawyer.”

Ed and Gillian Bezett.



Frankton Legal understands that time is money. Our convenient location and “late night” option are both conscious efforts to make your life as easy as possible.

Convenient location

We are at Shotover Ridge in Glenda Drive, so parking is simple (even if you’re a tradesman with a trailer on behind, you can generally find a park).

“Late night Tuesday”

If it’s easier for you to meet after work, then you can book a “late night Tuesday” appointment.

Mobile service

If it’s better use of your time for us to come to you, we can do that too.

Opening hours

Frankton Legal

Upstairs, Unit 6
Shotover Ridge
183 Glenda Drive

Postal address

Frankton Legal,
PO Box 2531,
Wakatipu 9349

Opening hours

Monday to Friday:

8.30am – 5pm

Late night Tuesday:

5pm – 8pm (by appointment only)

Opening hours


Office 03 442 7038

Fax 03 441 8081

Karen Mobile 027 525 0255

Maree 03 974 4585

Maree mobile 021 434 230

Johanna 03 442 7038