How to Shop for a Lawyer

Guests: Heather Malaryk + Evan Clarke

Episode Details

If you google "Divorce Lawyer", you will get a large number of websites pop up with Family Law lawyers from all walks of life. How do you know who to choose?

If there are different path's to divorce, do all Family Law lawyers have the experience to get you through the process that is best for your family?

Kick back and tune in to our latest episode on choosing a lawyer that is right for you and your family.

Guest Bio

Heather Malaryk holds a B.A., Psychology with Distinction (2000) and an L.L.B. (2006). She started her career at Weir Bowen LLP, a general practice law firm that specializes in medical malpractice, personal injury, and insurance litigation. In 2009, Heather shifted her practice to the Family Law Office of Legal Aid Alberta, where she assisted clients in all areas of family law including divorce, property division, spousal support, child support, parenting/custody/access issues, Emergency Protection Orders, and child protection. In 2017, Heather and 4 of her friends and colleagues started Latitude Family Law LLP, where she was a partner until starting Merak Law in 2021, where she continues to practice exclusively family law.

She has appeared at all levels of Alberta courts and has conducted trials, hearings, special chambers, JDRs, and has participated in countless out-of-court negotiations. Her focus is on out-of-court dispute resolution. She looks forward to helping you!

Guest Bio

Evan grew up in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island where he worked in his father’s financial planning business before starting his own tile installation company in 2006. After the financial crash of 2008 he left the Island to get a B.A. in Spanish and Hispanic Studies, and Linguistics at UBC. Upon graduating in 2014 he moved to Edmonton where he earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Alberta in 2017.

From his first summer at law school in 2015 until 2020, Evan worked, articled, and practiced at a rural northern Alberta firm. He received daily mentorship as he worked primarily in family law, estate planning, and corporate law, which are the focus of his practice, along with entertainment law (music).

A passionate entrepreneur, Evan joined the Edmonton location of Kahane Law Office* in 2020 to help expand its reach by opening the Edmonton location. An active entrepreneur himself, Evan enjoys assisting business owners overcome the issues they face – whether they be the issues associated with just starting out, or the pains that come from success and growth.

A member of the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve since 2009, Evan uniquely understands the issues facing Canadian Armed Forces members. He has taught on numerous military courses, including 8 “basic trainings”. He has received various awards, including the 41 Signal Regiment Command Team Coin, 61st Field Battery Command Team Coin, and the Top Candidate Award on the Signal Operator and Army Communication and Information Systems Specialist trades courses. He was also awarded the Operation IMPACT Command Team Coin by Brigadier General St-Louis while serving a 7-month tour in Kuwait as a member of the Operational Support Hub, South West Asia in support of Operation IMPACT. He parades with 41 Signal Regiment, 1 Squadron (Edmonton), where he serves as the A Troop WO in the rank of Sergeant.

Evan is the father of 5 children. When he’s not with them or at the office you can find him in his basement recording studio, or playing soccer or ice hockey.

* While Evan practices under the Kahane Law Office trade name, he is registered and only provides legal services under his own distinct legal entity law firm registered with the Law Society of Alberta.

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