BRACEBRIDGE - The Bracebridge Examiner’s newest columnist is also the newest biz on the block.
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The Oldham and Valiquette Law Group held its official opening ceremony Oct. 26, taking over the building and services of the Ron Burk practice on Wharf Road. From left to right are: partner Howard Oldham, Ron Burk with Maggie, Patricia Crosby, Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith, Janet Borneman, partner Cara Valiquette, Lisa Mason and partner Bonny Oldham. (Photo by Neil Etienne)
The Oldham and Valiquette Law Group officially marked their presence in Bracebridge this past Friday, Oct. 26, snipping the ribbon and enjoying a few words of welcome from Mayor Graydon Smith.
“We appreciate your investment and interest in the community,” he said before helping split the ribbon. “It takes all kinds of ventures to build a community and we welcome you.”
The firm has taken over the former offices and clientele of Ron Burk, who is moving toward retirement but still helping out for the time being. Partner Cara Valiquette, who originally hails from the Toronto area and has been practising for a little more than a year now, said she was looking to help bring legal services to a rural region and Bracebridge seemed the perfect fit.
“Rural areas are in need of better (legal) coverage; there is a shortage and we hope to fill some of that,” she explained.
The firm handles all kinds of cases and services from family court services to will creation, she added. “The only thing we don’t do right now is criminal court.”
The practice has a sister firm in Parry Sound that also opened recently. Valiquette began as the Examiner’s new legal columnist in last week’s (Oct. 24) issue and will be featured once a month.