Kara Hamilton

Coming from a military family, Kara moved frequently during her youth but she was born in British Columbia and considers it to be her home. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Political Science, before attending Dalhousie Law School (now the Schulich School of Law). During her time at Dalhousie, Kara was actively involved in student life, serving as the Secretary of the Dalhousie Law Student Society. While in her third year, Kara spent a semester at the Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic.

After law school, Kara came to Toronto to article at Flemingdon Community Legal Services under noted executive director Marjorie Hiley, providing immigration, landlord tenant, and poverty law services to the midtown Toronto community.

Shortly after her call to the Ontario Bar in 2007, Kara returned to BC where she was called to the Bar, and practiced as a Crown Counsel in the northern BC town of Vanderhoof. Practicing in a small town taught Kara the value of preparation and adaptability in the practice of law. One winter morning Kara arrived at court to find the judge, the accused, and their counsel all outside in the parking lot, hip deep in snow, because the court staff were snowed in and nobody had a key to the courthouse. Not one to be easily deterred, Kara offered the judge her office, and court was held there, with the judge presiding in robes and snow boots.

In 2009 Kara returned to Ontario and joined Redway & Butler LLP as an associate. She maintains a varied practice, with a focus on wills and estates, estate litigation, real estate and employment. Kara focuses on achieving creative and practical solutions for her clients and offers a broad range of dispute resolution skills including trial and appellate advocacy, negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

Kara has appeared before various courts and administrative tribunals including the Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Provincial Court, Small Claims Court and the Court of Appeal.

Blog

Sep 13

Going through a separation or divorce is not only emotionally stressful, but it also brings with it a list of things to address before a divorce is made final In most... Read More

Sep 6

In 2018 we wrote about a decision in which a judge found that a couple who had written both primary and secondary will’s did not have valid copies of the former due... Read More

Aug 29

Following a separation there are many steps a couple may take on the road to divorce One of the steps in the process can be the creation of a separation agreement,... Read More

Aug 23

Finding someone to appoint as an executor or trustee in your estate can be challenging An executor or trustee has many significant legal issues to address in order to... Read More

Aug 16

When we discuss issues around child custody and access, it is usually in the context or parents disagreeing over those matters in the context of a separation or divorce... Read More

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