How Wolseley Law Got Started

 

Wolseley Law started with Gerrit Theule. He grew up in, and lives in, Wolseley. It’s a community whose values and ideals Wolseley Law really wanted to emulate when we founded our firm: somewhere friendly, somewhere idealistic, and somewhere that looks out for other people.

Tim Brown joined as a partner shortly after things got started and Kara Hague joined us not long after that. Tim and Kara shared the ideas of a community-centered place where we wouldn’t be worried about landing big downtown clients, but could focus on providing excellent service to help people dealing with their every day issues.

Together, Kara, Tim and Gerrit looked at how law offices traditionally functioned and decided to keep what worked, and to find new ways to improve on the things that didn’t. From a business side of things, we wanted to make sure that we could put into place the many technological improvements that offices have seen over the last few years and, not being tied to an old way of doing things, could choose which innovations could help our clients, and our office,  work faster, easier, and more securely.

 

This means that Wolseley Law is always going to be finding new ways to help people with their legal issues. We have implemented, where possible, flat rate billing and unbundled services, for example. What does that mean? It means that, where it’s appropriate, you may actually know what your matter will cost before you begin. It will also mean that, again, where appropriate, you may be able to select certain legal services to suit your needs while doing some of the other steps on your own – making things more affordable and retaining control of your matter in a way that you may not have been able to do before. It also means that, where those things are not appropriate, or where they start as an option but your matter evolves into something different, we’ll have a real discussion as to what you need to get things done and we’ll be as upfront as possible as to why.

Wolseley Law will keep looking at ways to improve things for our clients. Most importantly, we will always be here to provide information and help to people who need it through traditional legal service delivery, and through new ways too.

Tim Brown – tim@wolseleylaw.ca

 

My name is Tim Brown. After spending many formative years living and travelling from one coast to the other, I settled here in my wife’s hometown and have spent the last decade becoming enmeshed in its vibrant communities.

I am passionate about creating a law firm that works both for my valued clients, and for my family, in providing solutions for your problems and giving back to the city. I currently serve as Treasurer and Director on the Board of Directors with a local charitable organization. I sing at a much lower quality level than Gerrit.
I am mainly a solicitor and I work primarily in the areas of  business law, estates, wills, and adoptions.

Kara Hague – kara@wolseleylaw.ca

 

My name is Kara Hague and I am proud to be serving the community of Wolseley and the rest of Winnipeg. Manitoba has always been home to me. I grew up in the small town of Arborg, Manitoba and moved to Winnipeg in my teenage years. After attending law school in New Brunswick, I returned to Winnipeg where I am now rooted with my husband and daughter. I articled at Legal Help Centre of Winnipeg which inspired me to think differently about the legal system and the people it serves.

On any given day, you can find me training for my next marathon, trying out a new recipe or spending time with my family. I also serve on the board for U-Turn Parkinsons, a local Charity dedicated to helping those living with Parkinson’s disease live their best.

My practice is focused primarily on family law, including adoptions, as well as wills, estates, and real estate. I am dedicated to finding creative solutions for my clients and believe that litigation should only be used as a last resort. I am also pleased to provide alternative client-solicitor arrangements such as unbundled services and legal coaching.

Gerrit Theule – gerrit@wolseleylaw.ca

 

My name is Gerrit Theule. I grew up in, and live in, Wolseley. It’s a community whose values and ideals I really wanted to emulate when I started a law office: somewhere friendly, somewhere idealistic, and somewhere that looks out for other people.

I have been on a number of community boards including currently sitting as a Member-At-Large of the Manitoba Bar Association’s Wills & Estates Section Executive, serving as the Treasurer of Shakespeare in the Ruins, and formerly serving as a Chair of the Laura Secord School PAC. I also volunteer with a number of local organizations including coaching Robert A. Steen kids sports teams, and assisting with both the Legal Help Centre and the Community Legal Education Association. I was an opera singer before I became a lawyer and am still an (inactive) member of the Canadian Actors Equity Association. I am a member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the American Civil Liberties Association, and the Manitoba and Canadian Bar Associations and recently, I was a judge at the First Annual Canadian Negotiation Competition. I am also the outside supervising lawyer/instructor at The Legal Help Centre’s new Consumer Protection Clinic.

I am a general practitioner which means I deal primarily with estates/probate, wills, real estate, and litigation, all while keeping client costs as reasonable as possible.

Katie Brownell – katie@wolseleylaw.ca

My name is Katie Brownell. I grew up in Wolseley and am excited to be back here in a professional capacity. I am enthusiastic about providing legal services in a way that reflects the ideals of this community: helping those around you and always working to do better, all while being friendly, open and respectful.

When I’m not in the office or in court, you can find me outside – cycling, running, hiking, sailing, or on the soccer field.

I am a litigator and I primarily handle family, civil and estate matters. I am dedicated to helping clients navigate the court system in a way that is tailored to their specific needs.

How is it different?

Wolseley Law is like a lot of other law offices, to be sure. Clients can expect professional, discrete legal services where we guide you through your issue with sensitivity and competence. But what things might be different from what you’ve seen before?

Unbundled services, sometimes called “limited scope retainers,” let you hire a lawyer for only part of your case. This may let you do things like attend your own case conference, but have a lawyer draft your Notice of Motion or Petition to make sure that the paperwork is done correctly. Then you only need to pay for that portion of the legal work. It may not be appropriate for every case, but when it is, it should be able to save you money on your legal fees, and provide you with control over your matter in a way that you may not have experienced before. For more information, click here.

One of people’s biggest concerns with legal services is that the “billable hour” leaves you wondering just how much things are going to cost in the end. Wolseley Law is trying to provide as much transparency to legal fees as possible by flat-fee billing as many services as possible and putting those prices up on our website so that you can see them ahead of time. For more information, click here.

Sometimes you need a lawyer. Sometimes you don’t.

If we take a look at your matter and there is someone who might be better to handle your matter, especially if they are cheaper, we will let you know about it. The goal here is not to bill at all costs, it is to provide the best possible service to people so that you know when we take on your matter, you know that your fee will be fair and it will be handled competently.