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OUR AMAZING GROUP OF LAWYERS AND STAFF . . . 

SMART | EFFICIENT | FUN | AMAZING

Darren Richards, Real Estate Lawyer
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Married for a crazy long time - Father of four  -  loves coaching hockey and playing golf. Find out more.

Jeremy Probert Wills and Estates Lawyer
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Married and father of 2 kids. Drives a Ford and worked at an Apple Store. Find out more.

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Degrees everywhere, Benches a gazillion pounds. Amazing wife, 3 cute kids. Find out more.

Meet our crazy awesome team - they get the hard stuff done and do it with a smile! Find out more.

Darren Richards

Darren Richards, originally from Saskatchewan (yes - of course he's still a Rider's fan!), has called Alberta and Edmonton home since before we had the NHL (yes - of course he's an Oiler's fan). He started the firm Richards Wood Toogood (which over the years became Richards Hunter, Richards Hunter Toogood, and now: Richards + Company).

A graduate in science from Liberty University in Virginia and of law from the University of Alberta, he was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta Bar in 1993. 

 

He has primarily limited his practice to Real Estate (both residential and commercial) and is now viewed as the premier Real Estate Lawyer in Edmonton. Corporate/Commercial Law is another specialty serving both small, medium and large owner-managed business in the Edmonton and surrounding region.

 

Darren has taught the Law Society of Alberta Bar Admission Course in the Real Estate Law Section and currently carries on a busy corporate, commercial and real estate practice. He is an advisor to REIN (the Real Estate Investment Network). 

He is a past-president and board member of the South Edmonton Business Association and currently represents hundreds of businesses (corporations, sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited partnerships, and joint ventures) with respect to their wide range of legal needs. Mr. Richards also acts for major banking institutions and other lenders in relation to their commercial loan facilities and for large and small Franchisees.

Darren played some college hockey way way back in the day - and has enjoyed coaching his kids in hockey (atom through midget) and coaching some basketball as well. He is a former Elder at both Ellerslie Road Baptist Church and GraceLife Church of Edmonton. He has one married daughter who' a nurse now and married to a guy that played junior hockey and now plays college hockey at Liberty University just like Darren did. How cool is that!? He has two more kids in college  and his youngest is in high school. Oh -and did we mention he's a Roughrider fan?  Contact Darren HERE.

Real Estate Lawyer | Business Lawyer

Jeremy Probert

Jeremy Probert was admitted to the bar in 2014 and is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. For some reason he's still not a Roughrider fan. But we're working on him.

Jeremy represents individuals and private companies in a variety of legal matters. His practice is concentrated on real estate, wills and estate planning, business law and commercial transactions. He also has experience in various litigation matters including contract disputes, personal injury and family law cases. Jeremy focuses on developing effective and meaningful relationships with his clients and provides legal advice and services tailored to the client’s evolving needs.

Contact Jeremy HERE.

Real Estate Lawyer | Wills + Estates

Our newest addition to the team of lawyers here at R+C . . . he has a huge long list of degrees to his credit - he's a theology junkie and former senior pastor of an evangelical church in Calgary. He has a wonderful wife and 3 cute kids. He works out and can bench way more than you. He worked for us for a couple of summers, loved us so much that he articled with us (that's the year after graduating with a JD where we get to really really boss him around). And now he's working for us as our newest "Barrister and Solicitor" (those are fancy terms for a 'lawyer: or more to the point,  a litigation guy and a keep you out of litigation guy).  He's an amazing guy and you can  CONTACT HIM HERE - here's some more cool stuff about Chad: 

Chad graduated from the University of Alberta School of Law with his JD in 2019. As a student he:

  • played for the faculty’s western Canadian champions Golden Bearisters rugby team; Litigators hockey team; and the Learned Foot soccer team, managing to (largely) keep up with the 20-somethings;

  • was elected VP and then president of the Christian Legal Fellowship University of Alberta Student Chapter;

  • cohosted annual panels with Law Dean Paul Paton on “Faith and Practice” (2L), and” Faith and Legal Ethics” (3L) for the Faculty of Law;

  • volunteered for Student Legal Services criminal (1L) and civil (2L) programs; and

  • completed a year-long clinical placement at Legal Aid Alberta’s Family Law Office, assigned to make weekly family chambers applications and/or Emergency Protection Orders though EPOP.

Chad came to law school after a previous career in the Christian ministry, spending ten years as a Minister in a Calgary. During law school he began to assist at Christ the King Anglican Church, where he serves as a non-stipendiary associate on the pastoral team. 


Chad’s previous education includes:

  • BA (Taylor/U of Alberta);

  • Master of Divinity (Briercrest Seminary);

  • MA and Master of Sacred Theology (Liberty University, summa cum laude);

  • Graduate Certificates in Hebrew and Greek (Asbury Seminary); and

  • Doctor of Ministry, where he wrote on ethics-based leadership training (Southern Seminary, with distinction).

 

Chad is currently a member of:

  • the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association; 

  • the Christian Legal Fellowship; 

  • the Evangelical Theological Society;

  • the national board for Christianity Explored Ministries Canada, and 

  • the national board for Malachi Dads Ministries Canada (“MDMC”) A nationwide recognized program within Corrections Canada, focused on generational recidivism, MDMC provides spiritual guidance, education, support, career training, and mentorship to incarcerated fathers. 

Chad is now seeking to develop a mixed solicitor and litigation practice at Richards + Company, working with entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. He continues to publish and to speak on law and faith and to conducts seminars on ethics-based leadership for various organizations: (eg recently keynote speaker for the RCMP Provincial Traffic Program AGM and upcoming Christian Medical & Dental Association). He coaches multiple youth sports and plays recreational hockey and soccer.

 

Here's a few words from the man himself:
While law can be abstracted, it has a fundamental impact on the lives of every person. My faith, my family, and my firm have helped me to appreciate how true this is. The law--particularly, the rule of law that we enjoy--is a beautiful inheritance.


My faith inspires me to love justice, and to seek the good of all people. As a Christian minister, I saw the impact that the law has on individuals of every background, and on churches, charities, and non-profits as they seek to make life better for those they are called to serve. 


As a child I learned the nature of justice and people’s need for a legal system from my parents, especially my father, an RCMP officer. As a University student, I saw the passion my uncle always had for helping people fulfill their dreams, what he calls, “happy law.” My wife, Karmyn, and our children Abi, Titus, and Jonathan have walked with me on this journey. Karmyn was recently appointed Administrator of her aunt’s Estate, showing how valuable a good lawyer can be in a difficult time! My passion for the law is motivated by these experiences and by envisioning the future of my children made better by the preservation of the core legacy we all enjoy and by the changes in the world I want to see in the future. 


Helping establish and navigating challenges with entrepreneurs, small businesses, non-profit societies, and young families under my principal, Darren, and with all the staff (my co-workers at Richards + Company who contribute so much to me) has been and I trust will continue to be immensely rewarding. 
 

Jenny

Where to start . . . .  a Packers fan (love them green and gold!), country music junkie, and mother of two. She's also Darren's personal legal assistant and probably the main reason so many clients think they like him. She can do computer stuff at lightning speed. Seriously. Plus she's always so dang nice about everything and willing to do whatever heavy lifting and complex paralegal work thrown at her. Her and her husband just got a new truck - so  if you need help moving stuff . . .  just sayin'.  Contact her HERE.

The only reason Darren survives . . .

Edith

She does it all and keeps the gang motivated and happy. Everything that needs to get done she can do. From complex Wills drafting to booking that cool ridiculously fun Christmas party - or even more important, call that buddy of yours who's a golf pro to get a tee time when there's no tee times to get. Assisting Jeremy with Wills and Chad with Probate - and Darren with a tonne of stuff too like Real Estate . . . . She still finds the time to bake bunt cake (or at least tell her daughter to bake bunt cake) for the office. Note, the bunt cake is NOT for client consumption. Only us - just trying to be totally clear and manage expectations.  She loves her dog (but not the vet bills). And when her husband golfs (not really) with her boss (really). And sentences that start with 'and'.  Contact her HERE.

The glue that holds it all together . . . .

Peg

Peg and Darren's teenage boys are friends and play XBOX and school volleyball together. They have a blast comparing notes and stories and network blocking apps at work . . .  ahhh: those boys don't stand a chance. Her husband Todd has a bike - with a motor - often called a motorbike - those dangerous Harley-like things that look so dang fun to drive but your wife won't let you have one . . . .except Peg is cool. So cool she's our (super duper friendly) doorkeeper. She's the first and last person you'll see when you drop by our office. So you really can't help but think we're awesome! Plus she does all the behind the scenes stuff that keeps a business like ours running. AND, now that we take Visa and MasterCard, there's a good chance you'll also deal with Peg when you pay our ridiculously small legal accounts! You can contact her HERE.

Only one chance to make a good first impression . . .

Suzanne

She's been with us forever. Well, not forever, but a very long time. As in well three years now. Man, is she ever getting old! Suzanne takes on every challenge: She covers all the overflow from the rest of the crew and is the go-to conveyancer for real estate files all year long. She loves tattoos, working out, curling - and watching her bro' represent Canada's at WORLDS! Seriously! How cool is that!!!???  Great smile, Great attitude. And she loves when her hubby gets back from Abu Dhabi or where ever the heck he's been doing that oil patch work thingy that he does so well. She has two adorable kids that keep their parents crazy busy but not busy enough obviously - because they also foster dog-sit if you can believe it. And her husband Ron likes to wipe out while mountain biking just for the fun of it. They are so weird.    Contact her HERE.

Has it already been that long?

Ruth

Ruth is our corporate specialist: Incorporations, amalgamations, annual returns. She does all that ridiculously difficult stuff that a busy corporate practice needs done. Oh man is she ever awesome!! We stole her from Manitoba. I'm thinking the Blue Bombers and Jets can survive without a fan or two. We won this trade hands down. She has her CORES 3 certification. For those that don't know what that means, it means she's smarter than you and can do basically everything. A mom, Pastor's wife, a corporate specialist . . . and she just renovated her kitchen so ask yourself over for dinner sometime. Contact her HERE.

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Richards + Company provides legal services to individuals and businesses in Edmonton and throughout Alberta. We actually have clients from all across Canada. Our areas of focus and expertise include Real Estate (Residential and Commercial); Corporate (e.g. incorporations, amalgamations, acquisitions, etc); Commercial (bank financing, land development, business purchases, limited partnerships); and Wills & Estates.

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