Colleagues

LAWYERS: 

          Elaine M. Kurek
EMK Law Corporation
Westminster Law Group
201 – 26 Fourth StreetNew Westminster, B.C. V3L 5M4
 604-522-9266
elaine@westminlaw.com

 Collaborative Family Law  *  Family Mediation  *  Parenting Coordination  *  Family Law Arbitration  *  Hear the Child Reports

Elaine is an experienced and Law Society of British Columbia accredited family mediator, parenting coordinator and family law arbitrator.  She is also a collaborative family lawyer.  She has chosen to restrict her practice to assisting families to resolve family law issues as economically and efficiently as possible with as little Court intervention as possible.

   

GARTH EDWARDS

Cohen Buchan Edwards LLP
290 – 13777 Commerce Parkway
Richmond, BCV6V 2X3
(604) 273-6411

Garth is an experienced litigator. He is goal-oriented and confident in helping to resolve even the most acrimonious disputes.
Clients appreciate Garth’s straightforward communication style; ensuring issues are clearly identified, options outlined, and potential ramifications acknowledged. Garth is also a pragmatist: he understands financial matters drive many disputes, and he seeks to help clients to protect their long-term interests.
COLLABORATIVE LAW
Should a client wish to pursue a less litigious route, Garth is a strong proponent of collaborative law and mediation as smart, money-conserving approaches that do not destroy relationships or businesses, or escalate conflict.
In the family law environment, he believes that collaborative law is well suited to settling complex and highly conflictual divorces because it offers additional resources for the family and also more creative options than are available through the court. His collaborative practice is equally effective in resolving estate and business disputes.

KAREN F. REDMOND
Family Law
The Village at Park Royal
203-815 Main Street, West Vancouver, BC  V7T 2Z3
www.redmondlaw.ca   (604) 925 9260 ext 892

Karen is a family law lawyer, mediator and Collaborative Divorce Lawyer.  She is the mother of three daughters and an adjunct professor teaching family law at the University of British Columbia.  Karen’s practice is focused on helping families transition through separation in a cost effective way and in a way that reduces the emotional and financial impact on family members, particularly the children.

Rahul Aggarwal
Collaborative Lawyer & Family Law Mediator
in Association with Westminster Law Group
 rahul@cleandivorce.ca
604-707-1206

Rahul helps clients resolve their family disputes, including spousal support, child support, parenting time, guardianship, protection, divorce and property settlement disputes. He strives to save his clients money and time. He understands the importance of no-court resolution in family law. Rahul works with his clients to help families find agreeable solutions out of court.
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Coaches:

Gerry Bock, MA, CTS, MTC, RCC
604-574-6555
 gerry@bock.ca
8487 Wildwood PlaceSurrey, BC V4N 5C5

Registered Clinical Counselor; Certified Trauma Specialist; Mediator; Co-Parenting Coach;
Collaborative Divorce Coach; (Child Specialist); Qualified Parenting Coordinator

Tools, Strategies and Skills;
Consider a better way to navigate the course, as amicably as possible, with the least amount of damage to the children, and the best outcomes for the future of your family.

I have over 30 years of experience in counselling and mental health. I provide services in the areas of:
• Counselling for Children and Adults;
• Co-Parent Coaching and Counselling for Families in Conflict;
• Assessment and Treatment for Alienated Families;
• Family Mediation;
• Divorce Coaching;
• Parenting Plan Assessment and Development;
• View of the Child Reports;
• S.211 Assessments and Reports;
• As part of a Collaborative Team with other Professionals.

Typically, my practical approach to any type of issue, concern or dispute, follows a process as follows:
1. Meet with all parties involved (if practical and possible), to understand the roots of the problem(s);
2. Develop a problem-solving plan that is agreeable to all parties, or takes the view of the best interests of the child(ren) involved;
3. Provide resources to facilitate the best and most empowering outcomes possible.

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Forensic Accountant: 

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Investigative and Forensic Accounting
c: (778)999-0326
e: jorton@malyshassociates.com
Jo began her accounting career in 1996. Shortly after qualification as a Chartered Accountant she moved to Bermuda and worked in the insurance industry for three years. In 2002, Jo returned to Canada and was employed by the Financial Institution Commission of BC (FICOM) as an Investigator. She has since spent her career enhancing and developing her skills in these areas to become a specialist in the field of Investigative and Forensic Accounting and now has over thirteen years of experience investigating corporate fraud, conflict of interest, regulatory non-compliance, loss quantification, asset tracing and employee misconduct. Over her career she has worked in both regulatory and public practice environments.
Jo delivers investigative and forensic accounting services to help her clients resolve fraud emergencies of the most intricate and sensitive nature. She works with clients to mitigate and manage their legal, financial and reputation risks related to fraud and other ethical breaches. In addition, Jo assists clients by conducting proactive fraud risk assessments; developing incident response strategies; fraud awareness training and due diligence; AML compliance programs, policy review and suggested revisions.
Jo received her Bachelor of Commerce degree (International Business) from the University of Victoria in 1996 before earning her Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 1999. Dedicated to, and passionate about, her profession, she has earned numerous other designations including: Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA).
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 Certified Financial Planners,
Investment and Insurance Specialists:

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Richard Hobbs, CFP
Richard.Hobbs@investorsgroup.com
www.facebook.com/whenmoneyhurts
 
Richard Hobbs is a 35 year veteran of the Financial Services industry. During that time he has worked in various roles as an advisor, manager, compliance officer and director with Investors Group. He has long been fascinated with the financial decision making process and feels at home sharing his wealth of experience with everyone he meets. Richard is a Certified Financial Planner, instructor and author.
In 2013 Richard wrote his first book “When Money Hurts – 10 Prescriptions for Long Term Financial Health”. The concepts in the book and those taught in his course have helped countless people to get on, and stay on, a healthy financial track for life. His core belief that ‘complexity confounds’ and ‘simplicity delights’ has led him to develop a simple, sensible and systematic process geared to guiding people through the quagmire of personal financial mumbo-jumbo, to a path of long-lasting, healthy financial growth
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Edward J Sernoski
604-739-4011

Edward.Sernoski@edwardjones.com
2281 Burrard Street
VancouverBC V6J 3H9

Prior to opening my Branch Office with Edward Jones in 2002: I was a Corporate Financial Analyst with the TSX Venture Exchange for 1.5 years and a CGA for 8 years in a Public Accounting practice.
Originally from Ottawa, Ontario I came to Vancouver in 1984 on a Wrestling Scholarship to attend Simon Fraser University. In March 2014 I was inducted into the Simon Fraser Athletes Hall of Fame.  I met my wife Beth in 1988 while we were in school. We have been together since then and have two wonderful children: Alex and Charlotte.
We live in the False Creek area of Vancouver. As a family we enjoy a lot of activities including Camping, Hiking, Skating to name a few.
Over the years in my professional practice, I have developed an excellent network of Key Professionals which include Lawyers, Accountants, Realtors,  Family Mediators and Mortgage Brokers.
My Branch focus is to provide the highest level of service and care to all of our clients. We enjoy working with clients who are proactively involved in the management of their financial portfolio. We are pleased to develop deep and lasting relationships with our clients over the years and milestones of life.
We look forward to being of service to you. Feel free to contact my office and speak with my Senior Branch Office Administrator Anna Zammit. Anna has been working with me as a Branch Partner for over 11 years.
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Mortgage Specialist:

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Grant Vetters
Mortgage Specialist
Mortgage Evolution – Dominion Lending Centers
Grant has been in the mortgage industry for 15 years. His years of experience and dedication to providing his clients the best mortgage financing  they deserve has earned him a solid reputation in the mortgage industry.
 Whether you are purchasing, refinancing, require debt consolidation or buying residential, revenue or commercial financing, Grant provides free consultation to ensure you get the best mortgage for your needs.
 Dealing with both banks and all the top monoline lenders, call Grant today to assist in your mortgage financing needs.
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Vocational and Training Specialist:

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Dr. Geoff Pratt
Life Mastery Consultant
drgbpratt@gmail.com
www.DrGeoffPratt.com
1 (250) 658-8630
I believe everyone deserves to live a life they love living!
 Mostly we function at a fraction of our possibility,  limited by the opinions of others and the circumstances we live in. Using a proven success system, and thinking technology, I help my clients free themselves from their limiting beliefs. One on one coaching yields the best results.

Foundational courses offered by Dr. Pratt:

Standing Firm When Your Whole World Is Shaking
– tools for traversing life’s toughest terrains

Dream Builder
-In this proven 90 day process for transforming your life and jump-starting the results you want to see.  You will live the life you want and enjoy the fulfillment of building your dreams.

Life Mastery
-Offers a comprehensive consultant guided curriculum to assist you in developing the personal empowerment required for creating positive, profound, and permanent change in any area of life.

 Here’s to your success and joy!
Geoff Pratt
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http://www.vocationalsolutions.ca 604.877.1200

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Debt Management:

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The Credit Counselling Society
1.888.527.8999

For nearly 20 years, the Credit Counselling Society has been helping people deal with their financial challenges.  As a non-profit, charitable organization, it’s a free call to receive guidance and counselling, and find the best path to a life without debt.

For more information, visit the website at NoMoreDebts.org, or call 1.888.527.8999.  All you’ve got to lose is your debt.

400 – 88 Sixth Street
New Westminster, BC V3L 5B3

Toll Free 1.888.527.8999
Fax 604.527.8008

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Pension Valuator:  

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Michael Demner

Demner Consulting Services
Office Phone: 604 266-2445

Michael provides actuarial services to individuals and lawyers in the valuation of pension benefits.

Michael offers several options for communicating the results of his work, including oral reports, written reports, and reports suitable for court hearings.

The following services can be provided:

  • Lump sum valuation of defined benefit pensions, such as the B.C. Teachers’ Pension Plan, for purposes of compensating the spouse for his or her share of the plan member’s pension resulting from a marriage breakdown.
  • Division of defined contribution pension plan accounts and RRSPs in the event of a marriage breakdown.
  • Determination of the amount of transfer value payable to plan members who are considering terminating their employment.
  • Determination of the pension loss arising out of an involuntary termination of employment.
  • Analysis of the options available to plan members when they are considering buying back past service or transferring their pension benefits to another pension plan.

“Our communication options and fees are competitive with other actuaries providing similar services.”

Suite 280 – 2025 West 42nd Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V6M 2B5
Office Phone: 604 266-2445
Office Fax: 604 266-1530

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 Pension Specialist:

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Colin Galinski
Galinski Pension and Benefits Law Corporation
604-349-2594
colin@galinski.ca
www.galinski.ca
 Colin Galinski is a B.C. lawyer practicing extensively in the area of pension division on marriage breakdown, where he is retained by family lawyers, mediators, and plan sponsors to draft and implement pension division arrangements. Colin enjoys assisting with the technical aspects of pensions, including plan rules and legal requirements. He strives to provide plain language interpretations and common sense solutions to pension issues. Colin’s contact information can be found on his website: http://www.galinski.ca

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