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Why Healey Law?

Ten questions for Edmonton lawyer Michael Ross

1. When did you become a lawyer?

I was called to the Alberta bar in 2017.

photo of Edmonton lawyer Michael Ross 2. What is your education?

I have a B.Comm. with a Finance major and a Business Economics and Law minor from the University of Alberta, and a JD from the University of Calgary.

3. Why did you decide to become a lawyer?

It started while taking business law courses at the University of Alberta. I was required to take them as part of my business degree and I found them to be very interesting. It was so interesting that I made it my minor. After university, I worked in the financial services and insurance industries before deciding to return to law school and pursue becoming a lawyer.

4. What qualities do you bring to the job that make you well suited to be a lawyer?

I enjoy the negotiating process and have the ability to stay level headed when there is conflict. You need both to provide the best advice and advocacy possible.

5. What areas of law will you handle primarily?

I practice primarily in family law, real estate and wills and estates, but I am open to expanding my areas of practice in the future.

6. What does the average person not understand about the role of a lawyer?

They think hiring a lawyer means going to court. But many legal matters can be resolved without going to court. That is often in the client's best interest because going to court is not only expensive, but also prone to more uncertainty because your ability to make decisions is restricted. However, in some circumstances, court is necessary to get the best resolution for my client.

7. What things can a client do to work most efficiently with a lawyer?

Provide full information disclosure right from the start. Don't assume any information is unimportant. Tell me everything and leave it to me to decide what is important and helpful in terms of advancing your position. You can speak freely because I have a duty of confidentiality to my client.

8. What can a client expect when they meet you for the first time?

A truthful opinion of their situation. I do not sugar coat anything. I want them to know what we can do, what we should do and the possible outcomes. You need all of that to make the best decision.

9. Are you ever concerned about upsetting your client by bringing up something they may not want to hear?

You never want to upset a client. But at the same time you can't ignore an issue because it creates some discomfort. That's not in the best interest of the client, even though they may not appreciate that at the time.

10. What are your personal interests?

I love to travel and experience different foods and cultures. You learn so much about not just the places, but also the people who live there and that knowledge helps me in my professional life. I also enjoy golf, snowboarding, hockey, squash, cooking and going to the gym.

"Our clients will be well served by Michael," says Jonathan Healey, the principal of Healey Law. "He is a great listener and a skilled negotiator."

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