We Help Good People Through Bad Situations

Our Philosophy

We’re passionate about how we help.  Every family law issue has its own unique challenges. That’s why we listen to our clients — to match them with the appropriate level of legal services  so that we may assist them in arriving at the best possible solution. Our commitment is to guide our clients through their legal issues to move towards a brighter future. We are uniquely able to offer a full suite of legal options — whether it be negotiation, mediation, collaboration, litigation or arbitration… and we do it with empathy and compassion.  Our clients choose us first and foremost because they trust us with their emotional and financial well being.

Experienced Family Lawyers

We are experienced Edmonton Family Law lawyers. We serve clients who understand the value of quality legal services in the areas of:

 

  • Contested & Uncontested Divorces
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • Legal Separations
  • Parenting Plans, Custody & Access
  • Property Division
  • Support & Maintenance
  • Common Law Relationships
  • Cohabitation and Prenuptial Agreements
  • Litigation
  • Arbitration

Family Law

Divorce & Separation

Mediation

Collaboration

Property Division

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Parenting

Child & Spousal Support

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Common Law & Adult Interdependent Partners

Prenuptial & Cohabitation Agreements

Arbitration

Negotiation

Litigation

We understand the stress associated with marriage and common law relationship breakdown and unique family circumstances that require the services of a family law lawyer.  It is important to us that you feel your concerns are acknowledged and addressed. Our primary concern is your comfort with us as your lawyers and the legal process you are going through.

About Our Approach

We understand that our clients need our services during times of high stress. Usually, major life-altering decisions have to be made or reacted to. Emotions run high and that can make the decision-making process all the more critical and difficult.

It has been our experience that one of the strongest feelings people have when marriages break down, or family problems arise, is that of loss of control. Loss of control over one’s future, one’s obligations, and one’s way of life. Add to that involvement in the legal process, and it can be overwhelming . . . and scary.

Our goal is to provide you with clear information about the process, your situation, and the options available to you, so that, with our support, you can make the decisions you need to.

Our first strategy is always to determine if we can keep you out of court. The court process is expensive, lengthy, and the results are often uncertain. It has been our experience as Family Lawyers in Edmonton, that if parties can come to their own solutions, they are much happier with the results. The ways in which more favorable outcomes can be reached can come through negotiation between the parties, negotiation through legal counsel, collaborative family law or mediation.

Unfortunately, not everything can be settled, and matters must be taken to court. When that happens, clients need effective, clear, and strong representation in court. Our lawyers can represent you in all the courts of Alberta, whether it be Provincial Court – Family Division, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, or the Court of Appeal of Alberta.

Sooner or later, you or someone you care about, will need a family law lawyer.

How to Choose a Family Lawyer

This may be one of the most important decisions you will make when you are faced with a family law matter. We are often asked this question – “How do I choose the best family law lawyer for me?”

Basically, you can only go on reputation, referral and trust.

This is what we suggest:

Talk to the lawyer. Make sure that you feel comfortable with that person. Make sure that you feel heard. While a lawyer may not always agree with what you say, nor you agree with what the lawyer says, a lawyer should not act without your instructions, and you should be able to work with your lawyer to come to some mutual understanding and agreement of how you should proceed.

Ask about that family law lawyer. Ask other lawyers about the lawyer you are considering, ask your family physician or counselors, ask friends who have been involved in similar situations or who know lawyers who practice in the field of Family Law.

Ultimately, all you can assess is whether you feel that you have a good working relationship with your family law lawyer. Whether you feel that the lines of communication are open and working. And whether you feel understood and represented.

At Miller Boileau Family Law Group we understand the stress associated with marital breakdown and family problems requiring the services of a lawyer. Your comfort with us as your lawyers, and the legal process you are going through, is our primary concern.

Miller Boileau Family Law Group’s Vision:

To help people appreciate that they have a family problem with legal implications rather than a legal problem with family implications.

Our Mission Statement:

We help good people overcome bad situations.

Our Values

  • Be trustworthy.  Our word is our bond.
  • Treat all with respect – clients, opposing counsel, opposing parties, our staff, other people’s staff, judiciary, clerks of the court and other service providers
  • Be approachable.  Speak the client’s language.
  • Be attentive.  Really hear what our clients are saying.  Or not saying.
  • Be empathetic towards clients recognizing the impact their emotional state has on understanding and navigating the legal process.
  • Be attentive to client’s needs including the need to have timely responses.
  • Take pride in the quality of our written work product.
  • Get stuff done.  Respond to mail as soon as possible, produce promised documents in a timely way.  Set reasonable deadlines and meet them.
  • Zero tolerance for errors and/or omissions that may cause unnecessary delays or rejections from the courthouse.
  • Contribute to causes outside of ourselves.
  • Develop collegiality.
  • Create a comfortable and inviting office for our clients.
  • Create an enjoyable work environment.  Enjoy coming to work.
  • Help clients balance legal rights with personal needs and interests
  • Offer clients many options, both as to process and as to outcomes and help them to understand all the options in order to make the best choice for them.
  • Be efficient.
  • Don’t under-serve clients but don’t over-serve them either.
  • Be aware of the cost to clients and suggest options to reduce their costs.
  • Speak plainly. Draft concisely.