AREAS OF PRACTICE
Family & Divorce Law, Wills & Estates
University of Calgary Bachelor of Education 1999
University of Calgary Juris Doctor 2004
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
Law Society of Alberta (Active Member in Good Standing)
Canadian Bar Association (Family Law Subsection)
Calgary Bar Association (Active Member)
Calgary Legal Guidance (Active Member & Volunteer)
Alberta Teachers' Association (Non Active member)
I am a founding member of Igras Family Lawyers, Family Lawyers & Mediators - Calgary's premier boutique law firm specializing exclusively in Divorce and Family Law. The firm's skilled group of lawyers and I have the knowledge and experience to address issues surrounding:
1. Pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements;
4. Custody and parenting;
5. Access and contact;
6. Mobility (relocation) with the children to
another city, province or country;
7. Retrieval of children who were removed without a parent's consent;
8. Child support;
9. Spousal Support;
10. Matrimonial Property;
11. Common Law Rights;
12. Restraining Orders; Emergency Protection
Orders, No Contact Orders;
13. Orders and court direction for Disclosure;
16. Powers of Attorney;
17. Personal Directives;
18. Dependant Adult Applications.
I articled at a mid size national firm and then spent years practicing with a mid size downtown Calgary law firm in the areas of Family Law, Real Estate, Wills and Estates under the watchful eyes of some of Calgary’s most senior and established legal practitioners.
I take a respectful, constructive, goal oriented and client focused approach and appreciate both legal and non legal consequences associated with addressing my client's issues.
I aim to provide prompt, efficient and cost effective service to my clients. I help to identify the most important issues and communicate effectively with my clients to determine their options and the appropriate strategies. While I try to deescalate conflict and consider alternative methods of resolving Family Law disputes such as collaboration, negotiation, mediation and arbitration, I am always ready to litigate issues as needed by the clients.
I have made successful Court appearances in the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal.
I am a strong believer in constant self improvement and I regularly attend educational seminars on current Family Law issues and conduct continual legal research. Our firm holds frequent educational lawyer lunches to draw from each other's knowledge and experience base. We take a team oriented approach to many of our files. Our firm trains our staff to assist us and our clients in the most efficient way possible.
I draw from third party service providers such as psychologists, parenting coordinators, business valuators, appraisers and registries.
I use the latest technology and have access to legal databases including Quicklaw and WestlaweCarswell and other electronic tools including Childview.