Monthly Lawyer Profile – Melodie Lind

Why did you become a lawyer?

Becoming a lawyer was something I first thought about in elementary school, probably as a result of watching a lot of cop shows with my dad who was an RCMP officer. Throughout high school and the beginning of university, it was always a possibility in the back of my mind – a bit of a “Plan B” really. In university, I majored in psychology and minored in criminology, initially with the goal of becoming a forensic psychologist. But once I started taking criminal law courses I became intrigued with how the courts analyzed and developed the law and soon decided that law was the route for me to go.

What is the focus of your law practice?

My practice is focused on tax and estate planning, so I spend most of my time working on wills, trusts and corporate reorganizations.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what profession would you like to attempt?

I would like to try something that involves the outdoors – maybe a gardener or a landscape designer.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what profession would you never do?

I would never try to do anything that involves fixing or programming computers.

Your favourite technology tool?

I’m not very tech savvy at all, but I love my e-reader.

What is the first thing you check each morning?

Outside, to see what the weather is like.

What are people most surprised to learn about you?

When I was in my late teens, I very nearly took a job to groom for a horse rider who was competing at the Olympics.

Your biggest extravagance?

That would have to be the trip to Ireland that I took a few years ago.

Your favourite food and drink?

Good quality chocolate and Guinness (but not together!).

Your favourite motto?

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies” by Mother Teresa.

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