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Farewell Ewan MacLeod

After six years with our firm, our MacLG clan farewelled Ewan MacLeod at the end of March 2022.

 

All of Ewan’s files are under the care of our Partners Allen and Matt MacCallum. If you wish to contact our team regarding a past and/or current file Ewan may have been associated in the past, please do not hesitate to speak with our Front Desk team.

 

After six

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2022 MacLG ‘My Family’ Colouring Contest

Looking for a few moments of peace and quiet with the kids and the chance to win a $250 auto detail gift certificate from That Sunshine Shop this BC Family Day weekend?  

Join our MacLG clan and get creative with our 2022 MacLG ‘My Family’ colouring contest.  

How to enter:

  1. Download a copy of the ‘My Family’ template here
  2. Submit your finished artwork to MacLG by 5pm Tuesday February 22, 2022 by 
    • Email to hello@maclg.com or
    • Drop off at 6345 197th Street, Langley.

The winning design will be voted by our MacLG clan, and winner contacted offline on February 24, 2022. Don’t forget to provide your preferred contact method when you submit.

No age restrictions or limited number of entries.

Have fun!

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Keeping It Local – What Makes Our Hockey Tradition Special

During the winter season, ask anyone in our clan where our partners  Allen and Matt are on a Friday morning, and their response will be “on the ice”. It’s tradition!

 

It all started back in 1976, when Allen MacCallum was invited to join local realtors and bankers for a weekly Friday morning hockey game. The players at this point had been playing together for some time and often met afterwards to enjoy breakfast together at a local Langley café. The rest as they is history.

Now over four decades later, the Friday morning hockey game is still going strong thanks to the continued effort of Allen and Matt. It’s one of our firm’s longest running traditions.

“It’s about exercising and friendship. It’s the only time that busy people get to do one thing without anyone telling them what to do and nobody cares if you mess up or make mistakes. The fellows we play with are really fine gentlemen” – Allen MacCallum

Fast forward a few decades, Allen, now in his 70’s is the last remaining original player from the “old boys”, and enjoys playing alongside his two grown-up sons, Matt and Tavis, and the new generation of players every Friday morning. Allen’s not the only one with special ties to the tradition. Matt too has his own special history with the Friday morning tradition. One of his earliest memories was joining the ice over thirty years ago as a twelve-year-old. Back then, that was a big deal. The Friday morning tradition also took on deeper personal significance back in 2013 after Matt returned from practicing law overseas. Stepping out onto the ice with the Friday morning team was Matt’s first time on the ice after an 8-year hiatus while living in New Zealand. Since then, it’s a winter season tradition for all the MacCallum boys.

Together, Allen and Matt work hard to keep the tradition strong. Organizing rinks, managing players, securing the same ice time, and taking on sponsorship – it’s not always easy, but it’s worth it. Playing with a dedicated line up of regulars, and a notable line of varied drop-ins from across Langley and beyond, Friday morning hockey continues to bring people together for the love of the game.

“It just happens that all the people in the dressing rooms are the ones we do business with. It’s more of a convenience factor having all these resources that hang out together and play together” – Matt MacCallum

The same way a beauty goal deserves bragging rights back at the office, it also deserves a delicious breakfast. Inspired by the Friday morning hockey tradition, for our third installation of our firm’s Keeping it Local series, we’re all about breakfast. As previously shared in our Keeping it Local – Serving Our Community with Passion blog, our goal with this series is not only recognizing delicious food, but showcasing the owners and teams who continuously provide exceptional service to uplift our community, uphold Langley’s charm, and keep us busy legal professionals fueled. 

During the

Keeping It Local – Here’s to our Local Community That Keeps on Providing

Back in May, inspired by one of our firm principle’s ‘Keep it Local’ and to spread positivity during the pandemic, we launched Part One – Keeping It Local lunch series starting here in our local neighbourhood. As shared in our Keeping it Local – Serving Our Community with Passion blog, our goal with this series is not only recognizing delicious food, but showcasing the owners and people behind the counters, and those bustling around the tables and in the kitchens, who continuously provide exceptional service to uplift our community, uphold Langley’s charm, and keep us busy legal professionals fueled.  

“Supporting local means supporting those who are always there for us as well” – Stacey Gallie, Designated Paralegal and winner of our Hugo’s Mexican Kitchen lunch draw.   

Here at MacLG, we understand the impact each individual has in contributing to the success of a small business and creating a welcoming environment for the local community. That’s why with this series, we enjoy sharing well-deserved shout outs to all the hard-working local businesses across Langley. 

“It was a wonderful experience to enjoy tasty food from our neighbours, and it felt great to support their business” – Chanishta Ramhotar, Office Assistant and winner of our Black Tiger lunch draw.   

After receiving positive feedback from our team, we decided to continue the fun with a new second series. Still keeping it close to our office, Part Two highlights our firm favourites that are just a hop, skip, and sometimes a quick drive from our 197th Street location. We’re excited to share a few firm classics and also new eateries as a result of Langley’s growing communities.    

As we continue to branch out to various communities and neighbourhoods in Langley, our goal to highlight great local businesses, food and service remains the same.  

Stay tuned on our social media to see which five restaurants we explore in this series.

Happy lunching!

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Celebrating Stacey Gallie: Twenty years of accuracy, compassion, and presence

It’s not that uncommon for MacLG clients to have long gaps between the times they need our services—especially estate, probate, and elder care clients. And when they call back after, say, fifteen years or so, the same paralegal is picking up the phone: Stacey Gallie.

“I often get people saying, ‘Wow, you’re still here!’” laughs Stacey. “People know they have someone to come back to. That feels special.”

Those clients know it and so do we: Stacey is a woman of her word. When our founder Allen MacCallum first interviewed her in 2001, she said she was looking for a place to retire from.

“Honestly, I’m a very loyal person.”

Stacey’s career as a paralegal began in 1984. From then until now, she’s gathered a profound wealth of expertise spanning several areas of law. She’s also coordinated the transfer of will records from past mergers—a delicate, exacting project. As our Designated Paralegal for the wills and estates team, she truly delivers the best of herself, every day.

What is that? It boils down to three words for Stacey: accuracy, compassion, and presence. It takes an exceptionally unique person to combine these three traits, which is why not many people become paralegals of her stature and longevity.

“When it comes to delivering service, everything is important,” Stacey explains. “It’s a bundle of strengths, none more important than the others. Everything has to be accurate, of course. And you also need to show up for clients, and really be there with a lot of compassion.”

Stacey can remember a lawyer she used to work with at a former firm who answered emails while he was with clients. He served as an example of the kind of service provider she didn’t want to be.

“I deal in wills, estates, estate planning, elder care. It’s all about people and what they’re going through. When people come to us looking for estate services, they’re vulnerable. And it’s not a one and done thing. It’s many phone calls, many emails, many meetings, sometimes over the course of years.”

While Stacey’s gift for connecting with people has remained constant, she’s seen tremendous change in her field, and in the firm.

“Law never stays static. It’s like a waterfall.”

Naturally, the technological changes have been considerable. But remaining up to date in the legal industry has been just as challenging. Paralegal work is best suited for life-long learners, and Stacey fortunately is one.

“The firm is really proactive in ensuring that not just lawyers are doing continuing education. I take courses every quarter. It can be overwhelming to get the reading done when you’re busy. But I enjoy learning; you can’t stay stagnant in this profession!”

Humility and openness are also essential for a career as enduring as Stacey’s. For example, she’s always happy to learn from the younger staff who might be coming in with a bit more “computer savvy”.

“I’m always saying, ‘If you have a better, quicker, more organized way to do something, teach me!’”

In addition to the Estate paralegal who’s always there to pick up the phone, Stacey is known as an extraordinary MacLG ambassador.

“I’ll be at the store with my pregnant daughter getting her registry set up…I’ll be at the sauna…everywhere I go, I’m asking people, ‘Have you had your will done yet?’”

In the time that remains for Stacey at MacCallum, she says her intention is to leave her work in a seamlessly organized condition so that, “if Allen ever lets me out the door, I’m not leaving the firm in upheaval.”

We know what to expect from Stacey on that front. Everything will be immaculate. And what she’s invested into the firm over the years will continue to reap dividends for MacLG clients. She’s a part of our culture—for good. Here’s to you, Stacey.

It’s not t

The Groundwork Of Canada’s Great Legal Institutions

To mark the occasion of Victoria Day, Ewan MacLeod, shared with us the significant origins influencing many of our Canadian laws and legal traditions.

 

Paying Homage to the Queen

Love it or hate it, Canadian law is largely derived from English law and legal traditions.

I remember eating a White Spot burger as a kid thinking, “why is there a photo of the Queen hanging in the lounge of a BC Ferry?”

Well, it turns out that it’s a long story… which you can certainly Google. Canada has definitely evolved in its own way in the decades since 1867 when an act of the British Parliament, the British North America Act (now the Constitution Act, 1867) essentially created Canada and established our legal institutions.

Skipping to a key point at the end of the story, it wasn’t until the Constitution Act, 1982 was signed into law that Canada officially became independent of England.

The Laws and Legal Traditions

We certainly have our own very Canadian system, but let’s look at a few English law traditions that are still very much part of how we do things.

Well, there are our first past the post election and Parliamentary systems. They are taken directly from the UK with our own provincial twist added to the mix.

Our system of wills and dealing with estates and assets when a person dies is undoubtedly rooted in England. Think Downton Abbey and no less riveting in the real world.

Our property law system includes a multitude of English concepts that we still use today. These include how owners are registered on title such as tenants in common or as joint tenants, forms of interests in property such as leasehold or freehold absolute in possession, and how mortgages and other encumbrances are registered and discharged. Even the foreclosure process we follow is based on the similar English process.

Our common law court system is derived from the English court system and follows the principle of stare decisis, which essentially means that similar past cases are used as authority when deciding cases going forward. We can thank the English for the tongue tying Latin used in law.

Present Day

While we don’t wear wigs in court, it’s undeniable that our legal system has deep roots in English law in all areas including civil and criminal law. Believe it or not, “innocent until proven guilty” did not originate on the tv show Law and Order.

Of course, we have now put our own Canadian twist on things, but this Victoria Day, let’s cheers the Brits for laying the groundwork for some of our great legal institutions that have made our country what it is today.

To mark th

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