Gail J. Swerid


Gail J. Swerid, B.M.A, LL.B. Barrister & Solicitor, Mediator, Registered Collaborative Family Lawyer

I have practiced law in Calgary since 1990. I have a long time association with Campbell O’Hara, and practice primarily in the areas of family law, wills and estates, and real estate. I am a mediator, registered collaborative family lawyer and dispute resolution officer for the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.

Degrees:

  1. Bachelor of Management Arts from the University of Lethbridge (business degree)
  2. Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary (previously LL.B.)

Practice Areas:

  1. FAMILY LAW
    – Prenuptial and Cohabitation Agreements
    – Separation Agreements
    – Divorce
    – Custody and Access
    – Child Support
    – Spousal Support
    – Matrimonial and Common Law Property Division
    – Mobility (moving the residence of children to a new jurisdiction)
    – Mediation

  2. WILLS and ESTATES
    – Drafting Wills, Personal Directives and Enduring Powers of Attorney
    – Probate Applications

  3. RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE
    – Purchase and Sale of residential property
    – Mortgages and Refinancing

Philosophy:

  1. I prefer to assist clients in organizing their legal affairs in a way that prevents future problems. This is a prominent goal in all 3 areas of my practice, being family law, real estate and wills and estates.
  2. I believe that in most family law cases, parties are best served when their lawyer assists them to reach fair, out of court settlements.
  3. Most people need legal services that are efficient and affordable and I endeavor to give legal advice that will minimize costs and maximize effective results.
  4. Underlying my advice to clients is the belief that children and society are best served by the reduction of conflict within separating families.
  5. Part of the role of a lawyer, is to help the parties deal with each other in a respectful way.
  6. I endeavor to bring compassion, insight and knowledge to whichever conflict resolution process the parties engage in.

 

Contact:
Direct Line: (403) 255-2668
E-mail: gailswerid@shaw.ca