Family Law in Halifax

Family Law

Everyone has a family, and every family faces obstacles. Family Law at Harris North is about making the right decisions at the right time with the long-term interest of your family at heart.  


Parenthood - nothing compares with the experience of raising a child. Every time a client entrusts us with helping make that experience a reality our Harris North family grows.

Divorce or Separation . . .

At Harris North we work to protect your interests. Our goal is to steer you through the process and ensure you understand the options available so you can make the best choices possible.

Property Settlements . . .

A critical element in any separation, an effective property settlement requires attention to detail, and clear understanding of your goals, your obligations and your rights.

Custody Access . . .

The emotional impact access cases can have on a family are substantial. We believe that you should trust your legal team and we strive to bring clarity and structure to what can be a frustrating system to navigate.

Separation Agreements . . .

Separation agreements are technically demanding cases. If you and your ex-spoase/ex-partner are agreeable to certain terms, Harris North Law can provide you with the knowledge necessary to ensure you have reasonable terms and can draft an agreement with the clarity necessary to protect you now and in the future.

Cohabitation Agreements . . .

A clear and concise cohabitation agreement can avoid a number of headaches and make life easier today for many couples choosing to live together but who are not married or not yet married. Ensuring as little unintended friction as possible while considering future needs and expectations ensure you arrive at an agreement that will work for you today and ten years from now.


Personal Injury law

With over 20 years of personal injury litigation experience  we have come to the defense of car accident victims  and slip and fall clients. We  offer support in  a variety of areas and can help you traverse those times in life when you need someone to stand up for your legal rights.

Motor Vehicles Accident. . .

If you or a family member has been involved in a motor vehicle accident it is important to obtain the best legal advice possible.

We have a strong record of success representing those injured as a result of motor vehicle accidents. We will prepare your case as if it is going to trial to ensure that every client is provided with the level of service they deserve in order to achieve optimal results.


We can assist you with understanding the available accident benefits in Nova Scotia.

In Nova Scotia, accident benefits are considered “no fault,” meaning that you are entitled to the benefits no matter who is at fault for the accident. These benefits are typically available through your own insurer and are meant to provide an immediate source of relief and recovery. The Section B benefits available under the “no fault” recovery system are:

  • Medical and rehabilitation benefits
  • Income replacement benefits
  • Housekeeping benefits
  • Funeral and death benefits.

We work towards recovering the maximum amount of benefits for our clients and we will get you the available benefits as quickly as possible.


The loss of a loved one can be one of life’s most devastating experiences. When this death is caused by the negligent act of another person it is known as a fatality or wrongful death. When a person has been killed by the negligent act of another person, the surviving spouse or common-law partner, children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents of the deceased person are able to make a claim for damages.


Property owners, managers and occupiers are legally responsible for maintaining their property and ensuring its safety for those using it. If you have slipped or fallen on someone else’s property due to dangerous conditions, you may be entitled to compensation..


When you are injured or ill and can't work we often rely on our long term disability policies for help. Sometimes the road of the claims process is blocked with obstacles. Let Harris North Law shoulder some of the burden as we travel the road of your claim together.

Long term disability insurance protects your income if you have the misfortune of becoming too injured or ill to work. Insurance policies are meant to help you but unfortunately this is not always the case. Harris North Law can provide legal assistance to get your rightful claims paid.


“For many of my clients, working with a lawyer is outside of their comfort zone. The reality is we all need a lawyer from time to time, so when I see a client return for something entirely different, that’s when I’m satisfied. My goal is to be your lawyer for life.”
— -- Sarah L Harris


Wills and Estates

Sometimes the best gift we can pass on to loved ones is a completed and solid Estate Package.  Having an Estate Package that is clear and certain will provide you with peace of mind that your wishes will be followed and your family will have the confidence of knowing your wishes. 

Power of Attorney. . .

Power of Attorney, is a legal document granting someone the legal authority to make decisions for another person. If you would like to grant power of attorney to someone on your behalf we can help you navigate the waters. LEARN MORE

Estate Administration (Probate) . . .

Dealing with the death of a loved one or close friend is a very difficult time. If you are now responsible to manage their estate you may not be prepared or just not in the right frame of mind. Harris North Law works with clients during these emotional times so you are never alone in the process.LEARN MORE

Last Will and Testament . . .

We recognize that focusing on our end days is difficult however, the alternative can leave your loved ones mourning and confused in the face of dealing with your estate if you have no will. Harris North Law can help create a document that provides a clear path to dealing with your estate after you die. LEARN MORE


Real Estate Services

The buying or selling of a home brings with it the excitement of a new chapter in your life.  Let Harris North Law guide you through the technical and legal aspects so that you can keep your eyes on the horizon of your new life chapter.

Purchase . . .

Harris North Law can assist with the purchase of your new home and make this exciting (and stressful!) process as smooth as possible. You can contact Harris North Law as soon as you sign the Agreement of Purchase and Sale. LEARN MORE

Sale . . .

If you are looking to sell a property Harris North Law can help you do that. We can ensure the mortgage is paid off and stay on top of the transaction until the last release is filed. LEARN MORE

Refinance . . .

If you are looking to refinance an existing property you don’t need a realtor, but you do need a lawyer. Allow Harris North Law to work with you and your lending institution in rearranging your affairs.LEARN MORE

Title Transfer . . .

If you are looking to transfer the title to a property and there is no purchase or sale involved (between family members, for example) we can help with that too. LEARN MORE


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Criminal Law 

Criminal Law. . .

If you have been charged with a criminal offence its best to seek legal advice right away. Let Lindsay guide you through the process and give you peace of mind while seeking the best possible result. LEARN MORE

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What you need to know. . .

It is important to apply for the right kind of status the first time around. Talk to Lindsay before you begin your application to ensure you are giving yourself the best chance of success. LEARN MORE

Temporary residence. . .

There are a variety of permits and visas that will allow you to immigrate to Canada for a temporary purpose, such as work or study. We can assist you with choosing the type that makes sense for you. LEARN MORE

Permanent residence. . .

As long as you are a permanent resident you are a non-citizen who is entitled to live and work in Canada indefinitely. We would be happy to answer your questions about applying for or maintaining permanent residency. LEARN MORE

Citizenship. . .

If you have been in Canada for 3 of the last 5 years you may qualify to apply for Canadian citizenship and receive a Canadian passport. It is a length process with several additional requirements which our office can guide you through. LEARN MORE

“When it comes to our clients, visiting our office is just part of their busy day. We are off the 102 at Larry Uteck so clients can drive here quickly (but safely), easily find a parking spot and be talking with Sarah in minutes. I think clients appreciate that sort of accessibility.”
- Mariah Nickerson



FOR PERSONAL INJURY CLIENTS: We recognize that the people who retain our services may not have the financial resources to hire a lawyer.  As your lawyer we offer a Contingency Fee Agreement. The fees we charge are based upon a percentage of total recovery.  

Ultimately, we must be successful in securing a settlement on your behalf in order for us to get paid.  For a free assessment of your case, one of our personal injury lawyers will be happy to discuss your case with you.


We have a new daughter, our first, and I was lucky to be leaving the country for a mother-daughter vacation down south! I was worried about taking my daughter across a boarder without paperwork.
Sarah handled the paperwork and put my mind at ease.

It was a small thing but I knew Sarah would still take the time to do it right. Now all I have to worry about is a sunburn!
- Kirsten Stephen, Halifax