Our firm was formed in 1975 when three classmates from the University of Alberta Law School, Gerald R Polack, Dick W Meindersma and Ken J Smith completed their articles of clerkship and struck out on their own as “Polack, Meindersma and Smith”. Brian R Liddell joined the firm about 10 years later and the firm was renamed “Polack, Meindersma, Smith & Liddell”.
From the firm’s inception we prided ourselves on providing prompt, personal and professional service to our clients. The founding partners, Gerry, Dick and Ken practiced together for over 30 years. Ken left the firm to pursue other opportunities in 2004, Gerry passed away on March 16, 2008, and Dick passed away October 8, 2009. Brian Liddell is proud to carry on the traditions and reputation of the firm they created and built.
Brian practices in the areas of Real Estate Conveyancing, Estate Planning (including drafting of your Will, Enduring Power of Attorney and/or Personal Directive), Estate Administration and Business Law.
Brian is a native Edmontonian. He graduated from the University of Alberta Law School (on the Dean’s list) in 1982 and has practised law in the City since 1985. Brian is also active in the community. He is a long time member, and President Elect of the Edmonton Gateway rotary Club. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Life Saving Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories.
Real Estate Conveyancing - The purchase of your home is often the largest investment that a person will make in their lifetime. It is important that you have the assistance of competent professionals. Brian has over 25 years experience acting for purchasers, sellers and mortgage lenders.
Estate Planning - Perhaps the most important legal documents that a person will prepare during her/his lifetime are their Wills or Enduring Powers of Attorney. We spend our lives building up our estate. It is extremely important that we ensure that the product of our life’s work passes in accordance with our wishes. Brian works closely with his clients to obtain their instructions and draft Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives that meet their wishes and requirements and achieve their estate planning objectives.
Estate Administration - After a person passes away his/her executor or administrator (in Alberta referred to as “Personal Representative”) must take charge of the deceased’s affairs, pay estate debts and distribute any remaining assets amongst the beneficiaries. Brian assists his clients in completing their Personal Representative responsibilities (including preparing and presenting Probate Applications to the Court, collecting assets, coordinating payment of estate liabilities and distributing residual assets to beneficiaries).
Business Law - Starting and operating a business is not easy. It is important that business persons take advantage of professional assistance and advice. Professional advisors including lawyers and accountants, can help you make the decisions which put your business on the road to success. Brian has worked with businessman and provided legal advice and services to small businesspersons for over 25 years.
Kathryn McNeil practices primarily in the area of Family Law, including divorce, parenting, custody, access, guardianship, child support, spousal support, property division, and common law issues. She also practices in the areas of Adult Guardianship, Real Estate Conveyancing, Estate Planning (including drafting of Wills, Enduring Power of Attorney and/or Personal Directives), and Estate Administration.
Kathryn was born in Edmonton and graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies with Distinction. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alberta in 2013. Kathryn was admitted to the Alberta Bar on September 8, 2014. While in law school Kathryn volunteered with Student Legal Services’ Family Law, Criminal Law, and Civil Law projects. She also volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and was the Team Leader for a project that focused on Family Law issues for new immigrants. Kathryn also worked and volunteered for the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, which helps low income Edmontonians with their legal problems.
Kathryn is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association.
Cary Feng enjoys a varied practice in Real Estate Law, Estate Planning Law, Estate Administration Law, and Business Law. Cary's particular emphasis in these areas is not limited to, and includes:
Real Estate – including purchase and sale transactions and mortgages, both residential and commercial.
Estate Planning – including Wills; Enduring Powers of Attorney; Personal Directives.
Estate Administration – including Probate; Letters of Administration; estate distribution.
Business Law – including incorporations; partnerships; corporate asset and share transactions; corporate agreements.
Cary has earned a Bachelor of Science degree and Bachelor of Commerce degree and finally obtained a Law degree at the University of Alberta. She grew up in Edmonton and has made St. Albert her home personally and professionally for over the last ten years. Cary has practiced in St. Albert primarily and has close ties to the community. Cary is excited to join the Liddell Law Office as this better positions her ability to keep connected with the St. Albert community while being able to equally serve her Edmonton area clients.
Cary loves sharing in the excitement and fulfillment her clients have when they are about to move into their new home or start their new business venture or simply planning for their families’ future. The law can at times be difficult to understand and one of Cary’s priorities has always been to give her clients full information about the steps involved in the legal process. She takes pride in her dedication to providing an excellent level of service and protection to her clients while at the same time, offering well-reasoned, knowledgeable and realistic legal advice.
Cary would like to extend an invitation to all clients both future and past to visit her at Liddell Law Office and she looks forward to being of service within the near future. Every practice grows one client at a time and Cary would love the opportunity to work with you on your legal needs and to demonstrate the benefits of having professional representation while focusing on your rights.
Jessi Ritchie is an associate at our firm practicing in the areas of Family Law, Real Estate, Wills and Estates, and Commercial Litigation.
Jessi graduated from Concordia University College in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts and attended the Program of Legal Studies for Native People (PLSNP) the summer of 2006 taking her property law classes prior to commencing law school at the University of Saskatchewan that fall. She graduated with her LLB from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009. She was an active member of the Aboriginal Law Students Association during her time at law school.
Jessi joined the firm in 2009 and was called to the Alberta Bar in 2010. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Bar Association and Indigenous Bar Association (inactive). She is further a family roster lawyer with Legal Aid Alberta and received a certification of recognition for her work with legal aid.
In addition to representing clients effectively in court, Jessi has taken part in alternative dispute resolution processes including mediation, judicial dispute resolution (JDR) and formal settlement conferences. She has dealt with family issues relating to child welfare matters, amicable separations, divorce, division of property, spousal and partner support, guardianship, custody, access, mobility, and child support.
Jessi also has experience with:
Valerie is an Associate with Liddell Law. She practices primarily in the area of Litigation including estate litigation, civil disputes and family law.
Valerie completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa before attending the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia where she completed her Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Practical Legal Training. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland as a lawyer in 2013 and practiced law in Brisbane, Australia until her relocation to Edmonton. Valerie was admitted to the Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta in May 2018.
While completing her Bachelor of Laws, Valerie completed an internship in a human rights office in Cape Town, South Africa where she assisted clients with refugee matters as well as domestic issues ranging from divorce to domestic abuse. During her years as a lawyer in Brisbane, Valerie also volunteered with the Women’s Legal Service Centre, a centre providing free legal and social work services for women in the areas of family law, child support, domestic violence and child protection.
Valerie is fluent in French and looks forward to working with you on your legal matters.