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Collaborative Practice Simcoe County
Innisfil, Ontario, Canada
Member type: IACP
Profession(s): Financial Professional
Area(s) of Practice: Elaine works with women facing divorce to overcome the financial fear, insecurity and turmoil. To become congruent with the decision, and then create the structure and mindset to move forward with confidence.
License(s): Financial Specialist Financial Planner Securities Insurance Mutual funds
Collaborative Practice Simcoe County
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Member type: IACP
Profession(s): Lawyer
Area(s) of Practice: James grew up in British Columbia and obtained Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics and a double minor in Political Science and Philosophy. He moved to Ontario to study law at Queen’s University and has resided in Ontario ever since. After law school, James articled at a boutique litigation firm in Waterloo before moving to Toronto to practice family law focusing primarily on family law cases that required litigation. James’ also represented various clients in civil, criminal, and immigration matters that arose from the breakdown of their marriage or common-law relationship.
License(s): B.A., J.D.
Collaborative Practice Simcoe County
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Member type: IACP
Profession(s): Financial Professional
Area(s) of Practice: Joe is a partner with the national accounting firm BDO Canada LLP and is based in BDO’s Barrie office. Joe is both a Chartered Accountant (2000) and a Chartered Business Valuator (2002). Joe has worked with local family law lawyers and separating spouses since 1999. Joe’s primary services include business valuations and income determinations for spousal and child support including those with a forensic component. Joe also provides assistance with the preparation of net family property statements, quantifying tax liabilities, and assisting with tax efficient settlement agreements.
License(s): Financial Specialist
Collaborative Practice Simcoe County
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Member type: IACP
Profession(s): Lawyer
Area(s) of Practice: John is experienced in the area of Family Law. He has advised clients on countless Separation Agreements and Family Court matters. He is trained in Collaborative Family law and has worked at law firms in Simcoe County and Waterloo Region. John has expertise in many different areas of Family Law including Parenting (Custody/Access), Child Support, Spousal Support, Property Division and Equalization, Restraining Orders, Family Responsibility Office matters, Marriage Contracts and Cohabitation Agreements. There are many different process choices in a family law matter. John is equally comfortable negotiating out of Court, or representing clients in Family Court. Because of the greater emotional and financial cost of Family Court proceedings, John helps clients to consider alternative options and processes before going to Family Court. John is familiar with a wide variety of alternative dispute resolution processes and has advised clients who have participated in Mediation, Collaborative family law and other processes.
License(s): Barrister and Solicitor
Collaborative Practice Simcoe County
Creemore, Ontario, Canada
Member type: IACP
Profession(s): Lawyer
Area(s) of Practice: A graduate of the University of Guelph and University of Windsor School of Law, John Ferris was called to the bar in 1975. His practice is of a very general nature in the areas of Real Estate, Mortgages, Family Law, Wills, Estates, Corporations, Municipal and Land Use, Construction Liens and Civil Litigation. In 2002 he obtained a Certificate in Dispute resolution from York University, and in 2004, a Master of Laws (ADR), also from York University. His major research paper topic for the Master’s program was “Faith-Based Conflict Resolution.” He is a Collaborative Family Lawyer, qualified mediator and arbitrator, a trainer of collaborative lawyers, and an active member of The Collaborative Family Law Group of Grey-Bruce. He facilitates Alternative Dispute Resolution workshops and seminars and has successfully mediated many family and commercial disputes.
License(s): Lawyer
Collaborative Practice Simcoe County
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Member type: IACP
Profession(s): Lawyer
Area(s) of Practice: Krista lives in Springwater, Ontario with her husband, two young children and Goldendoodle dog. She obtained a Bachelor of Sciences degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia followed by a law degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Krista has been an active member in the legal community since her school years, volunteering with Justice for Children and Youth, Riverdale Mediation Centre and Queen’s University Legal Aid Clinic. During her time at Queen’s University, she also assisted in running the Queen’s Chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada. Krista began her legal career working with Legal Aid Ontario in Simcoe County. She then worked with a mid-size litigation law firm in Toronto prior to returning to Simcoe County to focus her practice on Family Law. Krista practiced exclusively Family Law at a boutique law firm in Barrie, Ontario prior to opening Moreau Family Law.
License(s): Lawyer
Collaborative Practice Simcoe County
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Member type: IACP
Profession(s): Lawyer
Area(s) of Practice: Livia was called to the bar in Ontario in 2013; she moved to the Simcoe County area in 2016 to begin practice with a general practice firm, mainly focusing on family law, civil litigation and wills and estates. Livia developed a passion for family law and quickly developed a reputation with all of her clients and the community for her empathetic and passionate nature. Livia decided to specialize primarily in family law and joined Galbraith Family Law in 2017 to build her practise. Livia loves assisting clients with their issues, no matter how complex or tumultuous it may be. Livia advocates for her clients passionately and forcefully, but prefers a collaborative approach wherever possible. She does not believe in argument for the sake of argument, but only as a means to resolving conflict within families.
License(s): Lawyer
Brevard Collaborative Association
VIERA, Florida, United States
Member type: IACP
Profession(s): Lawyer
Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative divorce, custody, paternity, family law appeals, mediation, and all areas of family law
License(s): The Florida Bar
CDRP
Rockville, Maryland, United States
Member type: IACP
Profession(s): Other
Area(s) of Practice: Residential Real Estate
License(s): Maryland, Virginia, DC
Collaborative Practice Simcoe County
Alliston, Ontario, Canada
Member type: IACP
Profession(s): Barrister, Lawyer, Solicitor
Area(s) of Practice: Roxanne C. Shank has considerable experience assisting couples in achieving family law settlements via court proceedings as well as by way of negotiated agreements. Roxanne understands that every family is unique and is strongly committed to advocating for her clients to achieve individualized solutions that meet the needs of the parties in family law disputes as well as those of children who are affected by the consequences of a separation. Roxanne is a strong proponent of the collaborative process in instances where both parties are committed to negotiating towards an agreement that is in both parties’ best interests. Many individuals prefer a collaborative family law solution as resorting to litigation can often be exhaustive of the time, money and energy of all persons involved. Roxanne has a wealth of litigation experience and practiced family law at a full service boutique firm before she founded Shank Law Professional Corporation.
License(s): Barrister and Solicitor, Lawyer
Collaborative Practice Simcoe County
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Member type: IACP
Profession(s): Financial Professional
Area(s) of Practice: Scott is a Manager in the Financial Advisory Services (FAS) practice with the national accounting firm BDO Canada LLP, based in BDO’s Barrie office. Scott is a Chartered Professional Accountant (2016) and a Registered Student with The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators. Since joining BDO in 2013, Scott has gained diversified public practice experience in the financial advisory services, compliance, accounting and assurance, and taxation fields, and has experience in a variety of industries. Scott has worked with local family law lawyers and separating spouses since joining the FAS practice in 2017. Scott’s primary services include business valuations and income determinations for spousal and child support including those with a forensic component. Scott also provides assistance with the preparation of net family property statements, quantifying tax liabilities, and assisting with tax efficient settlement agreements.
License(s): Financial Specialist
Collaborative Practice Simcoe County
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Member type: IACP
Profession(s): Lawyer
Area(s) of Practice: Shannon attended law school at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. After completing her LL.B. Shannon returned to Canada to complete her Master of Laws at the University of Toronto. During her Masters, Shannon focused on international human rights, and children and the law. Her focus on children and the law led to an internship opportunity with the equality effect in Meru, Kenya and then to a career in family law. Shannon is organized, dedicated, and solution driven. Her goal is to ensure families transition into the next step of their lives as effectively as possible and to ensure that all parties are provided with the tools to maintain healthy relationships in the future.
License(s): Lawyer
Collaborative Practice Simcoe County
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Member type: IACP
Profession(s): Financial Professional
Area(s) of Practice: The emotional aspects of divorce are often compounded when dealing with the financial issues relating to marital breakdown. A Chartered Financial Divorce Specialist provides a unique set of skills providing a much more detailed and focused approach to addressing these needs than a traditional financial advisor. Terri is a Chartered Financial Divorce Specialist with over 25 years of experience in the banking and Wealth Management fields. Trained in the collaborative process, Terri’s role is that of a financial neutral, assisting couples with gathering, documenting, and making sense of their financial information. Terri can review settlement options and proposals with you to determine the long-term implications and effect on your future well-being. Education is key in preparing clients for better decision-making. Terri helps clients increase their comfort level with regards to financial planning, budgeting, insurance, and investments and can make appropriate referrals and introductions to ensure all one’s needs are met post divorce.
License(s): Financial Specialist
Collaborative Practice Simcoe County
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Member type: IACP
Profession(s): Lawyer
Area(s) of Practice: Senior family law lawyer, Tessa Bair, brings an informed and compassionate approach to assisting clients in what is, typically, a challenging period in their lives. Goals Tessa emphasizes time and cost-efficient solutions to family law problems. She places her client’s needs first, by striving to obtain low conflict, high satisfaction resolutions. Family Law should not be mystifying. Tessa believes in educating her clients, to empower them to obtain their best results. She provides her clients with choice, meticulous preparation and a child-centred approach to resolving Family Law affairs. Education & Experience Tessa graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1990 and to the Bar of Alberta in 1992. She practiced law in Edmonton, Alberta before joining a Bay Street, boutique firm, in Toronto, Ontario. In 1996, she joined the leading Barrie firm of Oatley, Purser. She led Oatley, Purser’s Family Law Division for approximately six years before forming Bair Family Law, Professional Corporation.
License(s): Lawyer
CDRP
McLean, Virginia, United States
Member type: IACP
Profession(s): Financial Professional, Mediator
Area(s) of Practice: Financial Neutral Collaborative Practice, Divorce Financial Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Management
License(s): CFP®, CDFA®