Corporate matters for your Alberta business including searches, name changes, registrations, renewals, minute book review and updates.
Acting as Personal Representative and Trustee (formerly called an Executor” of one’s estate and efficient provision of the requisite duties to administer one’s estate including notifications, payment of debts, filing income taxes and distributing beneficial gifts.
Preparation and filing of Court document for the purpose of obtaining formal guardianship and/or trusteeship of dependent adults and seniors no longer with mental capacity to care for themselves.
Debt collection for small businesses, including transition to Court proceedings, if required
Civil Court Agency at the Provincial Court level for claims up to $50,000 with judgment enforcement measures on judgments of any amount
Uncontested divorce when both parties agree to the terms – Certificate of Divorce
Miscellaneous matters including record suspensions (pardons), land titles matters, including caveats, land transfers, etc. Please inquire for more information.
The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.” Whether we are preparing legal documents or acting as Court Agents, we advocate on your behalf. Our advocacy skills reflect our integrity, both professionally and personally.
Many services do not require the services, and hence, the expense of a lawyer. We recognize and are willing to work with our clients to provide the utmost of services at an affordable rate.
We strive to make the best use of our time to provide the highest quality of service in the most efficient manner as possible.
Our goal is to aid you in getting what you need quickly while providing complete transparency.
Christine has worked extensively in litigation, wills and estates, including estate litigation and corporate law, and has solid knowledge of, and experience in, all paralegal services offered by AzPerLegal.
Christine of AzPer Legal has worked on a couple of projects for us here at Rockyview Roofing and she not only provides Five Star Service but does it quickly, efficiently and at fair rates. So glad you’re on our side, Chris!
A paralegal is an individual with formal education as a legal assistant, but with a specialized skill for preparing legal documents and conducting research. Currently in Alberta, there is no formal training nor education, and likewise, no certification, to become a paralegal. Still, further, there is no governing body in Alberta, such as Ontario, tasked with regulating paralegals. The result is that many individuals with little formal training or working knowledge define and hold themselves out to be paralegals despite the fact that they have little practical or “boots to the ground” experience. A Legal Assistant Certificate does not make a paralegal!
A good paralegal has had the benefit of working in the legal field under the guidance of a lawyer and has received considerable practical legal training along the way. To be an effective paralegal, one should have formal education as a legal assistant coupled with considerable work experience under the guidance of a lawyer. It is only in this way that a paralegal can gain a solid understanding of the law from a practical perspective. This gives a paralegal the grounding to properly prepare legal documents and navigate the legal environment.
Unfortunately, there are numerous unqualified and unsavoury individuals who hold themselves out to be paralegals. These sorts give qualified and conscientious paralegals/civil court agents a bad reputation. With all things though, there will always be “bad apples”. Do your homework by making sure the paralegal has a website. Ask about their work experience and training. Make sure that they are insured and bonded. If they cannot provide you with sufficient answers to your questions, stay away from them!
It might come as a surprise to some, but there are a lot of areas of law in which a paralegal can provide a service, in other words, where the services of a lawyer are not necessarily required. These include construction liens, wills and estate matters, corporate work, civil court agency, desk divorces, guardianship and trusteeship, and estate administration, among other things. A paralegal is also often used in areas where legal research may be required, in assisting individuals with formal documents, business proposals, simple agreements, obtaining criminal pardons (record suspensions), and some real estate matters, such as transfers of land. AzPerLegal Services Inc. is proficient in all of these areas! The best thing to do is just ask and we can advise you. If we are not able to assist you, we can often point you in the right direction. It is important to remember, however, that a paralegal is not qualified to provide legal advice but can provide practical knowledge based on experience and training.
By virtue of the fact that a paralegal is not a lawyer, paralegals are considerably cheaper than lawyers. The downside to this is that a paralegal cannot provide you legal advice. Some services can be provided on a flat fee basis, such as wills and estate matters, guardianship and trusteeship matters and corporate work. For other matters, however, flat fees do not benefit you. For example, with civil court agency matters, an hourly fee is more beneficial to you because each situation is different – it all depends on what the other side does. If they don’t do anything or respond to anything, then it will not cost that much, but if they are actively engaged, it will cost more. By charging a flat fee for all civil court agency matters, you may be paying considerably more than you would on an hourly basis.