Amelia’s practice is focused on Estate Litigation, Power of Attorney Disputes, and Family Law as it relates to Estates or Power of Attorney matters. Death or incapacity of a loved one is always a very difficult time for families, but family disputes bring emotional complications.
As an experienced lawyer, Amelia believes that legal counsel should be accessible and cost effective for her clients. That’s why Amelia takes the time to understand her clients and the family dynamics at the heart of the issues. She pursues her clients’ best interests to the greatest extent possible.
Amelia began practicing law in 2007 as an associate with a Toronto-based litigation boutique. After practising for nine years, Amelia founded Elm Law in Whitby, Ontario to provide specialized legal services in family law, estate litigation and elder law to the surrounding communities.
“What motivates me every day is being able to help clients navigate through complicated matters to reasoned solutions” she says. “I feel like I’m directly advocating and helping people in situations that are overwhelming and seemingly impossible. Each situation is unique. Sometimes you need a court to resolve your issues, and other times you just need the litigation process to help guide the parties to a final resolution.”
Amelia has appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Divisional Court and the Superior Court of Justice. Amelia received her Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University in 2006, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007.
Amelia is the Vice-Chair of the Elder Law Section of Ontario Bar Association and is also the Continuing Legal Education Chair of the Women Lawyer’s Forum. She is listed as an expert in the area of Trusts & Estates Litigation on ReferToHer and is a member of STEP. She has also been a speaker and panelist at various continuing legal education seminars on elder and estate law.
Stephanie has exclusively practised in the area of Family Law since her call to the bar in 2012.
There’s no denying that many families face stressful situations that require outside expertise. As a family lawyer, Stephanie understands how highly sensitive and personal these matters are, and is very knowledgeable in advocating for your best interests. She tries to ensure that the legal process a family faces is as thoughtful and caring as possible.
Stephanie assists clients with all issues arising from separation and divorce, ranging from the amicable negotiation of separation agreements to litigation through the family court system.
“The best thing about being a family lawyer is helping people through a traumatic experience and ensuring that they receive everything that they are entitled to through the Family Law Act,” she shares.
As an energetic, compassionate person, Stephanie likes to take on the challenge of defending someone who is without a voice, and helping that individual to be heard. “I feel like I’m able to empower people simply by giving them some knowledge and steering them through the separation process.”
Stephanie completed her undergraduate degree in specialized history at York University, graduating with honours. She attended law school at Queen’s University and graduated with a Juris Doctor (J.D).
Stephanie volunteers her time offering legal assistance to Luke’s Place, an award winning non-profit organization that helps women who have left abusive relationships. She is also a member of the Legal Advisory Board for Luke’s Place.
Melissa obtained her LLB degree from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 2012. She continued her education with the City University, London, UK, and completed a Masters of Laws in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution, graduating in 2013 with first class distinction.
Melissa completed her articles with a Toronto Personal Injury Litigation firm. She joined Elm Law as an Associate in the spring of 2017 and practises in the areas of Civil Litigation and Family Law.
Melissa is passionate about collaborating with people to help solve conflicts and problems. Prior to being called to the Ontario Bar in 2016, she obtained training as a mediator and provided instruction to police officers about how to properly engage with high conflict domestic issues. As a trained mediator, she is able to help the parties define the specific issues they are disputing, make sure the discussion stays on track and support the parties so they can reach an agreement.
Melissa’s role as a Family Lawyer is to educate and empower her clients with knowledge about how the law works. She helps them to feel comfortable with the overall legal process and advocates for each unique situation.
In addition to being a member of the Durham Region Law Association, Melissa has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Administrative Tribunals.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys traveling and competitive sports.
Miranda practices exclusively in the areas of family and corporate law.
Her practice is built on helping clients navigate through, what is often, a difficult and complicated time in their lives. Miranda obtained her Honours B.A. in Political Science and Statistics from the University of Toronto St. George and her LLB degree from Cardiff Law School in the United Kingdom.
Miranda has worked with the Cardiff Innocence Project during law school to help overturn wrongful criminal convictions. She completed her articles with the legal department of Luke’s Place, a legal information center in Durham Region for women survivors of domestic violence. It is through these collective experiences that Miranda has developed an understanding of people and the issues that matter most. In her practice, Miranda strives to empower her clients and provide practical and effective representation while advocating strongly for her clients’ best interest.
Miranda has appeared before the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice and Human Rights Tribunals. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the Durham Law Association.
Brittany exclusively practices in the area of Family Law. She obtained her LLB in 2014 and was called to the Bar in January 2016. She specializes in negotiating separation agreements, child support and spousal support claims, custody and access disputes, children’s aid matters, equalization of property and claims by grandparents.
Brittany exclusively practices in the area of Family Law and joined Elm Law in November 2019 as an associate. Brittany lives in the Durham region with her two daughters and husband Evan and is thrilled to be contributing to the community.
Brittany is passionate about supporting her clients through what can be a stressful and emotional time of their life. She is compassionate and diligent in working within the law to get them the best result.
Brittany did her articles and worked as an associate for three years with Roger Rowe in Toronto. Brittany focused her initial practice on social justice, championing for domestic violence survivors, refugees and families involved with the Children’s Aid Society.
Brittany has a BA(Hons) in Political Science, obtained her LLB in 2013 and was granted a Diploma in Global Arbitration from the Sorbonne in Paris via Cornell University in 2012. She loves to travel and loves to learn and has attended several international programs and continuing education programs to expand her knowledge of Family Law.
Brittany has appeared before the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the Durham Law Association.
Lauren’s practice is primarily focused on estate litigation.
Prior to attending law school, Lauren worked as a licensed paralegal with the Law Society of Ontario, representing clients at provincial courts and tribunals. She first joined Elm Law in 2018 and brings extensive experience in dealing with contentious estate litigation files to her practice. Lauren is committed to exceptional client service and has a proven track record of not only meeting her clients’ needs, but exceeding their expectations.
Lauren is a member of the Durham Region Law Association and the Ontario Bar Association.
Lidia practices as an Estates litigator and deals with the issues related to Wills, Estate and Elder Law. Prior to joining Elm Law, she articled and practiced as an Estates and Commercial litigator at a boutique Toronto firm. Lidia received her LL.B. from Indian Law Society’s Law College in Pune, India and pursued a Master of Business Laws from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India.
Lidia understands the emotional stress her clients face during the course of litigation and is committed to provide cost-effective results in the best interest of her clients.
As a lawyer in India, Lidia also practiced as a Tax Law Analyst and later switched career paths to become a Civil Litigation Lawyer in India with a focus on property and family law matters. Lidia was called to the Ontario Bar in 2019, and called to the Bar in Delhi, India in 2014.
Lidia is fluent in English and Malayalam with conversational Hindi and is well equipped to appreciate the needs of clients from diverse backgrounds to drive most efficient results for her clients.
Frank’s practice has taken him from the private sector as a Bay Street lawyer with one of Canada’s largest law firms to the public sector as the only lawyer of a large school district in Durham Region. In private practice now with Elm Law, Frank’s practice is focused exclusively on estate litigation.
Estate litigation is a broad term that encompasses, among other things, Will challenges and defences, Will interpretations, dependant support and relief claims, contested estate administration, trust disputes, power of attorney disputes, contested passing of accounts, unjust enrichment claims, guardianship applications, capacity disputes, quantum meruit claims and elder law.
Frank is a litigator with an eye for excellence. Integrity, competence and working with clients to achieve their goals are the hallmarks of his practice. He is highly responsive and understands the importance of achieving results that support his clients’ goals in a timely and cost-effective manner. You can rest assured that Frank will secure your interests with unparalleled service and legal acumen.
Frank devotes a portion of his legal practice to providing free legal advice to vulnerable and struggling Ontarians who cannot afford or find it difficult to access legal services. He volunteers his time in this way through Pro Bono Ontario.
Frank is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, Durham Region Law Association, and the Advocates’ Society.
Born and raised in Toronto, Frank has been a resident of Durham Region for the last 15 years and is proud to call Durham home.
Tharani is our student-at-law for the 2021/2022 academic year. With her 5+ years of experience as a family law clerk, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise. In addition to her keen interest in learning, she is also excellent at providing support to internal team members and clients alike. She contributes her analytical skills and research expertise to the matters we handle, enabling us to continue to provide exceptional service to our clients.
Her passion for helping people has driven her to pursue a career in Family Law. She is aware of the emotional and stressful impacts of family law cases, and takes pride in assisting clients in making positive new beginnings. Her patience, and empathy, enable her to connect with clients on a meaningful level.
Tharani earned her BA(Hons) in Criminology from York University and her LL.B. from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom in 2020. In her spare time, she loves to travel to warm climates and enjoys quality time with her loved ones. As an articling student, Tharani is eager to advance her knowledge, so she will be able to assist our clients as a lawyer in the future.
Rhoda joined Elm Law in the summer of 2019 as a Senior Family Law Clerk. An active listener, Rhoda believes that each client is an expert in their own lives. Having a client-centered approach, Rhoda assists clients to understand their rights while providing practical, supportive guidance and encouraging clients to be proactive and child-focused.
Rhoda has advocated for and supported many clients to successful Orders in Family Court covering issues of custody, access, safety, property division, restraining orders, child and spousal support.
Rhoda is a trained Family Law Mediator which has enhanced Rhoda’s ability to encourage clients toward a practical approach to Family Law issues in the most efficient manner possible. Every client’s situation is unique and Rhoda inspires clients to be mindful of children’s needs and to approach the legal process with realistic goals and expectations, ensuring clients are empowered throughout their separation journey.
If choosing unbundled services at Elm Law, you will meet with Rhoda who will assist you with understanding your family law issues, triage for urgent safety concerns, provide you knowledge to complete your Financial Statement and assist you to set your realistic goals in Family Court. Rhoda can assist you to gather your appropriate evidence and be fully ready to meet with one of the Family Law lawyers on the Elm Law team where we can assist you to work towards successful outcome of your family court issues.
Arlene has almost a decade in Insurance Litigation, and before finding her home at Elm Law, she had worked her way from an assistant’s desk to office manager in a successful Bay Street law firm. Between the time spent commuting, love for her family and the desire to work within her own community, Arlene was thrilled when she was offered the position of Senior Estates Litigation Law Clerk at Elm, and she joined the team in February 2021.
History can tell a lot about a person’s character and lived experience adds a level of wisdom and empathy that cannot be taught. Arlene has shown moxie to say the least. Aside from the promotions on Bay Street, Arlene succeeded in graduating with honours in the Advanced Law Clerk program with a graduate in Victimology at Durham College while being the single parent to three children. By virtue of her experiences and education, Arlene is empathetic, sensible, and takes immense pride in the work she does for herself, those she works with and those she advocates for.
In her spare time, Arlene’s favourite thing to do is to spend time around a fire with her family and friends. We are happy to have made Elm Law a place Arlene calls home.