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Sandra L. Barss

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Sandra studied law as a mature student, and brings experience drawn from several years as a licensed investment advisor and extensive work in child protection governance to her practice in family law, wills & estates and elder law. Having lived and raised her family in small towns in Nova Scotia, Sandra understands the unique challenges sometimes faced by clients who live outside the Halifax urban area.

In addition to guiding family law clients through the various stages of separation and divorce, Sandra prepares marriage and co-habitation contracts and negotiates child support and spousal support commitments. She advocates for parents involved in child protection matters and helps parents finalize both private adoptions and those arranged through the Department of Community Services. Though she regularly appears at various levels of court throughout Nova Scotia, Sandra prefers to help clients negotiate settlement on most issues, helping to minimize their emotional and financial expense. As a complement to her family law practice, Sandra prepares Wills, Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives for new and existing clients, advises on pre-marriage estate planning issues, and provides advice on elder law issues and probating estates.

A native of Dartmouth, Sandra received her undergraduate and law degrees from Dalhousie University and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2001. In addition to her legal training she also holds a diploma in mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution from Saint Mary’s University and an honours diploma in advanced computer systems from the Nova Scotia Community College. She is certified to practice Collaborative Family Law by the Association of Collaborative Family Law Lawyers of Nova Scotia and working towards her TEP designation through the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Sandra has been an active member of the Canadian Bar Association since 1998. She regularly participates in professional development through the CBA Family Law and Wills & Estates sections, and is currently chair of the CBA Elder Law section for Nova Scotia. She has been a member of the Halifax Estate Planning Council and volunteer facilitator with the Parent Information Program of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court (Family Division) for several years.

Also active outside the legal community, Sandra sits on the Board of Directors of the Dartmouth Heritage Museum Society, currently as Past-Chair. She is a past Board member of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, Children’s Aid Society of Halifax, Family and Children’s Services for Lunenburg County, the Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nova Scotia Lung Association. She is a longstanding chorister with the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax.

Sandra has recently relocated her practice from a small firm to a solo practice within a group of solo practitioners. In addition to continuing to provide real estate services, Sandra's clients will now have direct access to lawyers with experience in immigration law and criminal law.

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