Who We Are
Elyssa L. Lockhart
I am a solicitor, practicing primarily in the related areas of Wills, Trusts and Estate Administration. I also maintain a busy Corporate practice that is often linked to my firm’s Estate department through clients’ wealth building and succession planning goals, as well as a Real Property practice that allows for one-stop service when land and lease assets are involved in estate settlements or corporate asset transitions.
Legal and Support Staff
Lawyers practicing independently are often referred to as ‘sole practitioners’, but this is most emphatically not the case. At RDM Lawyers, our legal services are supported by a dedicated and knowledgeable team with more than 50 years of experience in wills, estates, corporate and property law. These highly qualified individuals are the technicians who turn detailed legal plans into formal, papered realities.
Kelly Allardyce, Conveyancer
Kelly oversees the Real Property department as well as coordinating matters requiring filing in either the Provincial or Supreme Court Registries. Kelly’s many years of work in the legal field have focussed almost entirely upon real property transactions, including conveyances, subdivisions and the preparation of registerable instruments such as leases, mortgages, easements and covenants. Kelly’s skills and abilities allow our firm to offer a full range of services to our Estate Administration clients, discerning existing charges against the real property of the deceased, registering life interests and conveying property to surviving joint tenants or to beneficiaries.
Kelly is a long-time local resident and is a familiar face to many of our Abbotsford, Mission and Maple Ridge clients.
When Kelly is not at the office, she can be found blogging on her latest culinary masterpiece or wrapping herself around her grandchildren’s fingers.
Susan Schweighardt, Paralegal
Susan is our senior paralegal and works specifically with clients preparing complex estate plans involving corporate assets and corporate reorganizations.
With over 25 years of corporate/commercial, estate planning and real property experience, Susan has worked with clients whose corporate holdings are local, national and international in nature. She is well-versed in drafting inter vivos, alter ego and testamentary trusts, primary and secondary wills, and all documents necessary to support estate plans for blended families. Susan is also responsible for producing all corporate documents relevant to corporate reorganizations and asset rollovers.
When not at her desk, Susan keeps up with her busy daughters’ schedules, volunteering her time to their school and to other community organizations.
Lynn Brant, Legal Secretary
A legal secretary with over 10 years of experience in corporate/commercial and securities focused firms, Lynn is the Mission office’s corporate records clerk.
Lynn also works with our clients in the preparation of general contracts and filing materials in court, probate and corporate registries as necessary. Lynn spent most of her career at firms in downtown Vancouver and is accustomed to meeting client expectations in a fast-paced, varied environment; she fits in very well at our firm!
The mother of two young children, Lynn balances her work life with an even busier home life.
Denise Mah, Accountant
Denise is responsible for double-checking the rest of the team’s mathematical calculations, and then some! A Certified General Accountant by trade, Denise ensures that all settlement calculations, regulatory holdback figures, percentage estate distributions and the like are accurate the first time our clients see them. Having a CGA on-site, rather than a bookkeeper, allows us to quickly confirm financial information received from a variety of sources, and identify areas of concern requiring specific review by our clients’ own accounting professionals.
When Denise isn’t being industrious, she can be found cruising the World to truly get away from it all on the open seas.
Alexa Lowe, Office Administrator
In a law firm, all matters are diarized for follow-up; Alexa’s superior organizational skills make her perfectly suited to determining whether the rest of the team has, in fact, followed-up. She is responsible for delivering the right materials with the right information, to the right person at the right time. Sounds pretty straightforward, but everyone else is glad this is her responsibility and not theirs!
Never one to sit with idle hands, Alexa is completing her university education with a view to becoming a lawyer herself.
Hemi, Social Director
To be quite frank, we can’t get Hemi to do much of anything around here. In her defence, though, looking this good every day must be quite time consuming! Hemi generally spends her days upstairs and rarely takes meetings with clients, but she can always make time for you upon special request.
A local girl through and through, Hemi was born in Chilliwack and loves hiking, swimming and boating.