This page provides a general description of some of the common legal services performed by Richard Gibbons Law Office / Norsasklaw conveniently located in downtown North Battleford.
Our office practices law in the following areas. Even if you feel that your matter does not fit into a specific area listed, do not hesitate to contact us in any case. We may be able to help, or to point you in the right direction.
General Legal Services
- General Legal Consultation – Our lawyers can assist you with many legal problems, issues, or needs you may be facing. Our experienced team can help you to find solutions. Please contact our office if you have a question about anything that you think you may require the services of a lawyer. Our hardworking, client-focused, professional law firm has been serving the Battlefords, Wilkie, Unity, Red Pheasant, Landis, Medstead, Saulteaux, Mayfair, Meota, Edam, Turtleford, Glaslyn, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Cando, Onion Lake, Spiritwood, Meadow Lake, Denholm, Radisson, St. Walburg and all points in between for many years. Contact the friendly administrators at the Norsasklaw office to set up an appointment or ask a question regarding our services.
- Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths – If you need to get a contract signed, make an oath, or get a document copied and notarized, we can help you. In Saskatchewan, all lawyers are notaries and commissioners for oaths. Contact the friendly administrators at our office to set up an appointment or ask questions about our services.
- Wills – Although no one likes to think about passing away, it’s important to make sure that we plan for our family and friends after we’re gone. Our rates for wills are competitive. We will assist you with planning for your estate and making sure your family is cared for after you’re gone. We draft the will in accordance with your instructions in our office, then schedule an appointment for you to come in and sign in the presence of witnesses. Our efficient, client-focused approach to wills and estate planning means your final plans will be put into good hands. We also offer to store your will in our vault so that it never goes missing and can be located easily by your family following your death. Contact the friendly administrators at our office to set up an appointment or ask a question about our will services.
- Power of Attorney – A power of attorney (POA) is a document that gives another person broad authority over your financial, property, and personal affairs. It allows someone to make decisions regarding bank accounts, finances, and property on your behalf. It is important to ensure that the person to whom you grant a power of attorney is someone you trust. Powers of attorney are covered in detail within the Saskatchewan Powers of Attorney Act. Theft by someone holding a power of attorney is a crime under s.331 of the Criminal Code of Canada. If you suspect someone you know has been the victim of theft by a person holding a power of attorney, contact your local police.
- Health Care Directive – A health care directive (HCD) outlines your wishes for medical care if you are in a coma, suffering from a terminal illness, injury, or disease and as a result cannot give instructions to a healthcare provider or your family. It can help to take away some of the uncertainty and stress for a family as they deal with an emotionally difficult and demanding time in their lives. We typically draft and complete this document, then schedule an appointment where you can come in to review the document with a lawyer and sign. The law surrounding health care directives in Saskatchewan is codified in the Health Care Directives and Substitute Health Care Decision Makers Act.
- Adult Guardianship (for Dependant Adults) – Adults who do not have the capacity to make decisions may be exploited by others or might endanger their own financial or personal welfare. A co-decision-maker or guardian can be appointed under Saskatchewan legislation. We have experience in this area and can assist you with adult guardianship applications and with navigating the legislation respecting adult guardianships. Contact the friendly administrators at our office to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services with respect to adult guardianship. Saskatchewan law on adult guardianship and co-decisionmaking is contained in the Adult Guardianship and Co-Decisionmaking Act.
- With a Will – Our lawyers can help you with the administration or probate of a will. We take a client-focused approach to all areas of law, and understand that issues surrounding estates can be particularly emotional for family and friends of a loved one who has recently passed on. If you need help with administering an estate, acting as an executor, or any other aspect of dealing with a loved one’s property after they pass away, contact our office to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services with regard to executing a will.
- Without a Will – Dealing with a large estate when a will has not been prepared, or when a number of people are claiming property can be a difficult and confusing task that sometimes causes conflict between family members. We can help you to work through confusing or tough property division issues that may arise after a loved one passes away without a will. Contact the friendly administrators at our office to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services with regard to administering the estate of someone who did not make a will.
Corporate and Commercial Law
- Business Incorporation – Do you want to incorporate a business in Saskatchewan? We assist people in incorporating businesses throughout the province, and can efficiently assist you with incorporating your farm or other business. We help to manage the entire process of incorporating a business, from filing articles of incorporation and registering a corporate name to dealing with the complexities of the legislation governing corporations in Saskatchewan and conducting annual general meetings and the drafting of required documentation. Contact Norsasklaw’s friendly administrators to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services in the area of business incorporation.
- Non-Profit Incorporation – Our Norsasklaw team has actively worked with a variety of non-profit corporations throughout the province as volunteers, advisors, and board members. We can assist your non-profit organization with the process of incorporation. We can also help to provide information on the ongoing process of maintaining the corporation and dealing with any other legal issues that arise. Contact Norsasklaw to set up an appointment or ask a question about our non-profit incorporation services.
- Oil and Gas – We have extensive experience in reviewing oil and gas royalty leases and Surface Rights Agreements. We are able to attend and provide representation for landowners and corporations at the Surface Rights Board. We can assist you with complex issues surround mineral rights in Saskatchewan.
- Shareholder Action – If you are a shareholder in a corporation, you may also find yourself in a position where you must take legal action against a corporation for not complying with the articles of incorporation or for other issues which may arise in the course of business. If you think you may require assistance with shareholder issues, contact our office to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services.
- Sale of Business – If you own or direct a business in North Battleford or throughout Saskatchewan, we can help you to complete a sale or transfer. Our staff’s experience with real estate, corporate law, and the communities across west-central and northwest Saskatchewan help us to make your sale of a business efficient and well-organized. Contact the friendly administrators at our office to set up an appointment or ask a question about services relating to the sale of a business.
- Sale of Goods – If you are looking to sell goods, we can assist you with all aspects of the legal processes and requirements. Our office has handled everything from sales of entire business inventories, to contracts for the sale of heavy machinery and farm equipment. We work to ensure that your sale of goods is conducted properly and in accordance with Saskatchewan law. Contact our friendly administrators to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services relating to the sale of goods.
- Contracts – In order to make sure a contract is legally enforceable, it is important that the contract is written and executed properly. Our lawyers can help you to write and execute a contract for almost any agreement you want to make. We can also carefully review contracts written by parties to ensure that they will bind parties to their terms. Our office has experience in reviewing, drafting, and executing contracts for businesses, farms, mineral rights agreements, and other arrangements between parties. We can also take time to explain the terms of a contract to you so that you fully understand what you are signing. Contact our office to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services with respect to contractual arrangements.
- Promissory Notes – A promissory note is a legal instrument where a person promises to pay a certain amount of money after certain conditions are met. Conditions can include a certain period of time passing, or specific circumstances being satisfied. If you wish to write, issue, or execute a promissory note, we can assist you. Contact our friendly administrators to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services regarding promissory notes.
- Pre-Nuptial Agreements – (“Pre-nups”) have become much more common throughout Canada as marriages and common law partnerships give rise to property division rights in the event that a divorce or separation takes place down the road. A pre-nup gives each party some idea of how property, support, custody, and other issues will be decided in the event that a marriage or common law relationship breaks down. Although we all want to believe our relationships will last forever, a pre-nup recognizes the reality that nearly 50% of first Canadian marriages currently end in divorce. A pre-nuptial agreement can help to make separation or divorce less financially harmful and less traumatic for everyone involved. It can also help to avoid stressful conflict that can hurt children that are involved with the relationship. Contact our administrators to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services with regard to pre-nuptial agreements.
- Divorce – We can assist you with filing in the Court of Queen’s Bench for a divorce as well as all associated considerations. Contact our North Battleford divorce lawyers office to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services.
- Separation Agreements – If a marriage or common law partnership breaks down, we can assist you and your former partner or spouse in reaching an agreement that lays out terms between the parties following the separation. We take a client-centred approach to separation agreements while providing advice on how a court would likely look at areas of conflict. Our aim is always to attempt to settle separation agreements as efficiently as possible while reaching our client’s goals so that you can get on with your life. Contact the friendly administrators at Norsasklaw to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services relating to separation agreements.
- Child Custody and Access – Child custody and access can be one of the most emotionally difficult, stressful, and exhausting issues following a divorce or separation. Our experience in child custody and access issues, in addition to our extensive experience with children’s law through our work with the Ministry of Social Services, allows us to advise you appropriately on your custody and access situation. We attempt to help our clients find a solution that puts the best interests of their children first. Contact our office to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services with regard to child custody and access, or shared parenting arrangements.
- Child Support – Child support payments and the Federal Child Support Guidelines are an area of the law which can be confusing or difficult to understand without the help of a lawyer. We are experienced in determining the appropriate amount of money a spouse should be paying, and advising you in an honest, straightforward way about what you should expect to either pay or receive as a custodial parent. We have extensive experience in representing both payors and recipients of child support. Contact the friendly administrators at our office to set up an appointment or ask a question about our legal services relating to child support.
- Spousal Support – Like child support, spousal support is frequently the subject of confusion, misinformation, and misunderstanding. The services of a lawyer can help to provide some clarity regarding spousal support law. Our firm has extensive experience representing both payors and recipients of spousal support. Contact our office to set up an appointment or ask a question about Norsasklaw’s services relating to spousal support and maintenance.
- Family Property – One of the most difficult questions immediately following a divorce or separation relates to dividing family property that has been bought or acquired during the relationship. Who gets the house? Who gets the car? Who gets the cabin my parents gave to us? For common law spouses, there are other questions about how long partners must be living together before any requirement to divide property is even established in law. We can help you navigate through the division of family property following a divorce or separation. Contact Norsasklaw to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services relating to the division of family property.
- Major Claims – Aside from no fault insurance claims, you can contact our firm if you have suffered a loss, or believe there is compensation due to you because of an injury, death, accident, damage to property, or other cause of action that happened as a result of someone else’s actions or inaction. In Saskatchewan, major claims currently include those respecting any instance where the amount claimed is greater than the monetary limit outlined in Saskatchewan regulations. We can also defend you in a claim someone is making against you. Contact Norsasklaw’s friendly administrators to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services relating to major claims.
- Small Claims – If you have suffered damage to property, an accident, or any other cause of action that happened due to someone else’s actions or inactions we can assist you in filing a claim in small claims court. Small claims include any civil court actions where the amount being claimed falls below the monetary limit included in Saskatchewan regulations. We can also defend you against a claim someone is making against you. Contact our friendly administrators to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services in small claims court.
- Demands – Demands are letters which can be written by lawyers to avoid expensive litigation in court. For example, imagine if your neighbours are doing renovations on their house, and construction on their property causes the destruction of your fence. You try talking to your neighbours, but they refuse to take responsibility. You could go to small claims court and initiate an action, but a cheaper option might be to have a lawyer send a demand to your neighbours stating that their construction caused the damage. The letter would also demand payment for the cost of the fence, repair of the fence, or replacement of the fence. Demands often results in a more efficient solution that is much less expensive than undertaking litigation. They can be used in a wide variety of situations to attempt to negotiate a solution between parties. Contact our office to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services with regard to demand letters.
- Mediation – Our firm’s experience in dealing with civil litigation has prepared us to effectively participate in mediation along with our clients. We are able to help you work through a mediation in a way that ensures your goals are met. We can assist clients throughout all stages of a mediation process from preparation to actually attending a mediation session and acting for our clients during negotiations. Contact Norsasklaw to set up an appointment or ask a question about our mediation and negotiation services.
- Surface Rights Arbitration – Richard Gibbons is a former chair of the surface rights board in the Province of Saskatchewan. He has significant experience with oil and gas law, as well as mineral rights issues. If you have well licensing or compensation questions, if you are a farmer or landowner where surface rights are being asserted, or if you want to make general inquiries of any nature regarding drilling, surface rights issues, or oil, gas, and mining in Saskatchewan, contact the friendly administrators at Norsasklaw to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services relating to surface rights arbitration.
- Tribunal Matters – If you find yourself dealing with a decision of a Government department that seems unreasonable or incorrect, we can help you to navigate the process of appealing the decision. We can also assist by representing you at administrative tribunals in the province of Saskatchewan. For example, our lawyers can provide consultation and advocacy for matters before the Office of Residential Tenancies, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, disciplinary professional boards, Grievance Boards, Ombudsmen, the Immigration and Refugee Board, educational institutions, etc. Contact the administrators at our office to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services with respect to tribunals and administrative law.
- Solicitor for Urban and Rural Municipalities – We can assist urban and rural municipalities with a broad range of solicitor work involving transactions, contracts for tender, the drafting of bylaws, and other legislative matters. Contact Norsasklaw’s administrators at to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services.
- Solicitor for Regional Parks – Our firm can assist in establishing and undertaking any legal administration with regard to regional parks.
- Bylaw Violations – Norsasklaw can assist in helping to navigate bylaws and associated fines or legal actions. Our firm can assist your rural municipality, town, or city in drafting effective and enforceable bylaws. We have also represented municipalities and accused violators of bylaws in bylaw enforcement matters. Contact our office to set up an appointment or ask a question about our bylaw services.
Child and Family Services Law
- Consultation and Representation – Our firm has extensive experience with the Ministry of Social Services, and a number of Aboriginal child and family services agencies throughout northwest and west-central Saskatchewan. We are available for consultation on policy or legal matters relating to this work where no conflict of interest is engaged. Contact our office to set up an appointment or ask a question about our work with child and family services law in the Province of Saskatchewan.
Other Practice Areas
- Criminal Law – Our firm continues to maintain a practice in the area of criminal law. If you find yourself facing criminal charges, a drinking and driving charge / DUI, or another criminal matter, we are able to provide representation at all levels of criminal court in Saskatchewan. Contact the friendly administrators at our office to set up an appointment or ask a question about our criminal law services.
- Traffic Matters – If you are being accused of causing an accident for which you weren’t responsible, or have been issued a ticket or citation that you want to challenge in court, our office can provide assistance and representation to you in traffic court. Contact our friendly administrators to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services.
- Judgement Enforcement – If you are the subject of a court judgement, or have unpaid child support, unpaid spousal support or any other money judgement outstanding in your name, we can help you to have the judgement enforced through the appropriate office or protect you from aggressive collection . Contact Norsasklaw’s office to set up an appointment or ask a question about our services.