of providing clients with a creative approach to legal advocacy, litigation strategy, and conflict resolution.
COVID-19 - OFFICE UPDATE
Last Updated July 6, 2020
Yes, we are open! But "open" looks a little bit different...
Sherman Law LLP is an award-winning Kitchener family law firm with particular focus and expertise in family law and estate planning that is committed to providing a creative approach to legal strategy for clients seeking knowledgeable and highly skilled representation. Our dedication to our clients and focus on their experience has allowed us to become a trusted legal advisor for clients in family law and estate planning, and we also assist clients in small business & corporate law, estate administration, and commercial leasing & property management.
As Ontario businesses enter the return to work phase of COVID-19 and as an essential service, we continue to assist existing clients and new clients in all areas of practise by telephone, email, and video conference. We are currently scheduling intake appointments, legal consultations, and virtual mediation sessions by video conference. In limited circumstances, we are also meeting clients in-person for matters that require personal attendance with the necessary personal protective equipment being used such as face coverings, gloves, and social distancing within the workplace for all staff and visitors.
We know that daily life at home can be particularly difficult for seniors, those who have compromised health or underlying health conditions, and those who are experiencing domestic violence in their homes. Please contact our office by phone or email for more information about how we may be of assistance to you.
The courts in Waterloo Region have commenced a limited number of in-person hearings effective July 6, 2020 in a reduced number of courtrooms. The court has indicated that they will continue to hear matters by telephone or video conference whenever possible. There may be considerable delay in having non-urgent matters heard, especially for an in-person hearing or trial because the court was closed for over 3 months relating to COVID-19. Now more than ever, the courts are encouraging you to explore methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) including mediation to resolve your disputes and negotiate fair and reasonable settlements, and we offer those services.
Our office building continues to be locked in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the continuation of the Emergency Order for the Province of Ontario. Please contact our firm by phone or email to arrange access to reception or for deliveries.
We thank you for your continued patience, cooperation, and understanding as we work together remotely, and with the necessary social and physical distance that is required in these unprecedented times. Let our lawyers and staff assist you from the comfort and convenience of your home.
Together, we will get through this challenge.
Our vision is to move families forward towards healing, to provide our clients with a measure of security and stability in the midst of uncertainty, and to always advance children's best interests. To achieve this vision, we will devote our professional work to serving the public interest, and to create positive change in Waterloo Region that will improve the lives of our clients and community through dedicated and responsive legal work and initiatives. Our genuine concern and empathy for the individuals, families, and businesses that we assist has allowed us to help hundreds of clients on a variety of interesting and challenging legal issues.
We have a proven history of achieving innovative and client-focused solutions for all of life's unexpected complications. When you hire a member of our legal team, you are retaining advocates with a large breadth of knowledge. For over 40 years, our family-owned law firm has held itself to a higher standard. We are committed to providing you with legal services that use the very best strategies, resources, and creative options available in our industry. Because to our team, “We are in this together, your family and ours” ®TM is not just a claim, it is our promise.
Our service commitment is to exceed our clients’ expectations by delivering the highest level of professional service while obtaining the best possible results and at a reasonable cost. Our depth and range of firm experience allows us to deliver legal expertise that is comparable to larger regional and national firms, but with a level of understanding and empathy that is rare in today’s legal community.
The famous poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou wrote,
"When you learn, teach. When you get, give."
Our lawyers and staff take these words to heart. We are actively involved in the community in sports and recreational clubs, volunteer opportunities, and charitable organizations. Some have taught business law courses at Wilfrid Laurier University. While others have received community recognition for their charitable contributions including the Young Adult Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Waterloo Wellington Fundraising Executives, and the K-W Kinsmen Club Award for Community Service. We support child and youth advocacy and our lawyers serve on Boards of Directors including Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region.
We acknowledge that our law firm is situated on land that is the traditional home of the Haudenosaunee (Ho-deh-no-show-nee), Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-nah-bay) and Neutral People. We recognize and deeply appreciate their historic connection to our lands and the lack of access to justice that existed for many as a result of colonialism. We also recognize the contributions Indigenous peoples have made in shaping and strengthening our community. We reaffirm our collective commitment to apply the promise and the challenge of the Truth and Reconciliation Report in a meaningful way to our community, in our advocacy, and in our law practise.