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Welcome to Morris & Sova – Barristers and Solicitors

Morris & Sova is an association of independent legal practices. We are three lawyers, Lenore Morris, Kimberly Sova and Carmen Gustafson, plus legal assistant and real estate conveyancer, Joanne Oberg. We strive to be approachable, informative and helpful, whether you are already facing a difficult situation, or hoping to avoid it with well-considered, researched legal advice. Our offices are located in downtown Whitehorse, but we welcome clients from all Yukon communities. We invite you to call us, or to send us a note at info@morris-sova.com. We’ll let you know if we can help you, and if we can’t, we will try to point you in the right direction. One caution: if you are contacting us by email or leaving a voicemail, please keep your inquiry general. Do not give us confidential information until we have run a conflict check and asked you to provide details.

About us

image of lenoreLenore Morris

Lenore Morris is the Morris in Morris & Sova. She has a general legal practice which includes residential real estate, family matters, wills, probate of estates, construction and contract law. Lenore has a Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Montana. She was called to the Yukon and British Columbia bars in 2001. Before opening her own practice in 2006, Lenore worked for four years at the Yukon Government Department of Justice. Prior to that Lenore was an associate with the Whitehorse law firm of Preston Lackowicz & Shier (now Lackowicz & Hoffman). Originally from Toronto, Lenore first moved north in 1979 to Dawson City. She left the following year to pursue her education, then after many years of part-time northern living, returned to the Yukon full-time in January 2000. Lenore is an active outdoorswoman who enjoys mountain biking, hiking, canoeing and skiing.

Professional Activities/Memberships

– Member – Law Society of Yukon
– Member – Law Society of Yukon Rules Committee

Community Involvement

– Yukon Mountain Bluegrass Society Festival Volunteer
– Yukon Soccer Association Volunteer of the Year in 2012
– Whitehorse Condominium Corporation 90 Treasurer
– Federal Yukon Green Party riding association member

Education

– Juris Doctor, University of Victoria, 2000
– Master of Business Administration, University of Montana, 1987
– Bachelor of Arts, Trent University, 1983

Contact

Email: lenore.morris@morris-sova.com
Phone: 867.456.2326
Fax: 866.812.6637

kim sovaKimberley Sova

Kimberly Sova is the Sova in Morris & Sova. She has a general legal practice which includes corporate, commercial and contract law, wills and administrative law. Prior to opening her practice, Kimberly worked for two years with the Yukon Government Department of Justice. While there the focus of her work was litigation. She made numerous appearances in both Supreme and Territorial Courts. Kimberly is a Yukon girl, born and raised. She has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Manitoba. She was called to the Yukon and British Columbia bars in 2006.

Professional Activities/Memberships

– Member – Law Society of Yukon
– Member – Law Society of Yukon Executive

Community Involvement

– Chair, Yukon Public Legal Education Association

Education

– Juris Doctor, University of Toronto, 2005
– Bachelor of Commerce (Hons), University of Manitoba, 1995
– F.H. Collins, Class of 2001

Contact

Email: kim.sova@morris-sova.com
Phone: 867.633.2955
Fax: 866.812.6637

Carmen Gustafson

Carmen is the newest addition to Morris & Sova, joining us in May 2018. Originally from the Kootenays in southern British Columbia, Carmen studied Environmental and Conservation Sciences at the University of Alberta before obtaining her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Calgary in 2011. Carmen was called to the bar in B.C. in 2012, in the N.W.T. in 2012 and the Yukon in 2014. She articled with the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria and Cabott & Cabott in Whitehorse.
Since moving to Whitehorse full time in late 2011, Carmen has worked at Cabott & Cabott representing residential school survivors, and as the Executive Director of the Yukon Public Legal Education Association. In 2016 she added Deputy Chief Adjudicator of the Yukon Human Rights Panel of Adjudication to her list of hats. Carmen volunteers her time generously in the community, serving as the Yukon Quest’s checkpoint manager in Carmacks, with the Yukon River Quest (when she’s not racing herself), as a Special Olympics speech mentor, dog rescuer for various organizations and is an emergency foster parent.
In her spare time, Carmen mountain bikes, skis, paddles, travels and occasionally dabbles in artistic endeavours. Carmen is a small town girl at heart and understands the importance of building and maintaining relationships when resolving conflicts. She is an advocate for improving access to justice and enjoys helping people understand the law by using plain language as much as possible.

Professional Activities/Memberships

– Member – Law Society of Yukon

Community Involvement

– Deputy Chief Adjudicator, Yukon Human Rights Panel of Adjudication
– Speech Buddy, Special Olympics
– Checkpoint Manager, Yukon Quest
– Volunteer/participant, Yukon River Quest

Education

– Certificate of Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards & Tribunals, Osgoode Hall Continuing Education, 2016
– Juris Doctor, University of Calgary, 2011
– Bachelor of Science, Environmental and Conservation Sciences (Conservation Biology), 2005

Contact
Email: carmen.gustafson@morris-sova.com
Phone: 867.456.4436
Fax: 866.812.6637

joanne obergJoanne Oberg

Joanne Oberg joined Morris & Sova in September 2009 after a long career in the public service. Here she adapted and put to use her extensive skill set and experience. Joanne has made herself an indispensible member of the team and now Lenore and Kim don’t know how they ever practiced without her. Joanne is usually the first person you will see when you come to our office. If you are buying or selling a home or remortgaging, Joanne, as our real estate conveyancer, is the person you will deal with the most. Joanne grew up in Toronto. In 1975, she turned an adventure travelling through Alaska, Yukon and NWT into a ‘brief’ stay in Whitehorse, where she has made her home ever since.

Community Involvement

United Way of Yukon board member
National Association of Federal Retirees – Yukon Advocacy Officer
Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference (Alumni 1987)
Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference – Yukon Tour Organizing Committee

Contact

Email: joanne.oberg@morris-sova.com
Phone: 867.456.2325

Services

We have a general practice which is currently concentrated in the following areas:

Real estate conveyancing

real-estateWe can help you to buy or sell your home, re-finance or subdivide property. For more information, view our real estate section.

Family law

familyWe can assist you in a divorce or separation, to obtain or respond to a claim for child support or spousal support, with the division of family property, and with other matters arising from separation or divorce. To keep you secure in the future, we prepare separation agreements, prenuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements.

Civil litigation

civilWe can represent you in Supreme Court or Small Claims Court proceedings. We represent either plaintiffs or defendants in most types of civil lawsuits.

Corporate/commercial

commercialWe can draft or review contracts, security agreements, help you to incorporate a company, and provide general services and advice.

Wills and estates

willsWe prepare Wills and Power of Attorneys. We also provide assistance with probate and administration of estates.
If you want us to prepare a Will for you, we will ask you to complete a Will Questionnaire and/or an Enduring Power of Attorney Questionnaire and schedule. an appointment.

We charge $400.00 plus GST to prepare a Will of typical complexity*. If you ask us to prepare two “mirror” Wills for you and your spouse/partner, we will charge $600.00 plus GST for both. Our fees include obtaining your instructions, drafting and editing your Will(s), meeting with you to sign the Wills, executing Affidavits of Witness and reporting to you.

* We will tell you at the time you return your Questionnaire whether your instructions are for a Will of more than typical complexity. The large majority of Wills fall within the range of what we call “typical complexity”.

Administrative law

adminWe can represent you in a proceeding before an administrative tribunal or board, or advise you on how best to represent yourself.

Other

If you need assistance in an area not listed here, please contact us and we will tell you whether that is something we can help with – and try to point you in the right direction if we can’t.

Costs

Morris & Sova aims to provide high quality, accessible and affordable legal services for individuals and small businesses. We also believe it is important that clients know at the earliest stage possible what those services will cost. When you consult one of us, if we don’t raise the matter of fees first – please ask us!

We charge a “fixed fee” for certain types of legal services, including the majority of real estate transactions and will preparation. For other types of services, typically where it is more difficult for us to estimate the amount of time that will be required to meet your needs, we charge on an hourly basis for our time. Lenore Morris charges $300/hour or as otherwise agreed upon for her services, Kimberly Sova charges $225/hour for her services, Carmen Gustafson charges $200.00/hour for her services. All litigation services (if we are acting for you when you are suing or being sued) are billed on an hourly basis.

GST is added to all fees.

Real estate

Purchaser information sheet
Contract of Purchase and Sale for home
Condition removal for real estate

Real estate costs

The fee schedule set out below is applied in the majority of residential real estate transactions. However, if unusual complications arise in the course of your transaction, we reserve the right to increase our fee accordingly. We will also reduce our fee in transactions which are simpler than is typical. Usually, the same fees apply whether your home is a house, mobile home or condominium.

– Home purchase with mortgage: $1,300
– Home purchase without mortgage: $800
– New construction home purchase with mortgage: $1,400
– New construction home purchase without mortgage: $900
– Mobile home purchase with mortgage: $1,500
– Mobile home purchase without mortgage: $800
– Remortgage of house or condo: $600
– Remortgage of mobile home: $800
– Construction mortgage: $750
– Home sale: $700

In addition to the above fees, all expenses which our office incurs in the course of a real estate transaction are billed to the client. These include Land Titles Office registration fees, fees paid to municipal authorities for property tax statements and construction permit records, title insurance, surveys, appraisals and search fees.

Please note that for home purchases and sales, in certain circumstances we will increase our fee to reflect the additional time required. Those circumstances include when the other party to the transaction is not using a lawyer, when it is a private sale (i.e. where no realtor is assisting), or when the Contract of Purchase and Sale requires the vendor to perform work prior to closing. For mortgages, whether associated with a purchase or as a refinance, we may charge more if you are borrowing through a bank that does not have a branch in Whitehorse (banks with branches in Whitehorse are Scotiabank, CIBC, BMO, TD Bank and RBC). Please speak to us about your fees if any of these circumstances apply to your purchase, sale or refinance.

 

Contact us

officeOur office is located at 4133 Fourth Avenue, Suite 201. This is on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Wood Street, in a grey building with red awnings. Entrance is from Wood Street.

P: 867.456.2325
F: 866.812.6637 (toll-free)
E: info@morris-sova.com