Beryl McNeill Family Lawyer
Beryl McNeill is a Registered Collaborative Family Lawyer & Mediator based in Calgary, AB. Collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial negotiating process, usually characterized by a series of meetings between the parties and their lawyers (and sometimes outside professionals for support and assistance), with a commitment to the following : negotiating the dissolution of your marriage in an atmosphere of honesty, co-operation, integrity and professionalism geared toward your future well-being and the well-being of your family; giving full, honest and open disclosure of all relevant information, whether requested or not;
protecting the privacy, respect and dignity of all involved; maintaining a high standard of integrity and specifically will not take advantage of your spouse, and will not take advantage of the miscalculations or inadvertent mistakes of others, and; no contested court applications.
A Registered Collaborative Family Law Lawyer has special training in the Harvard Model of Interest Based Negotiation Theory (based on the Win-Win Paradigm set out in “Getting to Yes” by Roger Fisher and William Ury). They also have a minimum of 40 hours of Family Mediation Training.
Lawyer & Mediator
McNeill Family Law
#200, 638 — 11 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2R 0E2
The end of a marriage brings about permanent changes within a family, and also produces strong, long-lasting emotions. The Calgary family law practice of Beryl McNeill helps couple’s divorce amicably and constructively, while preserving what’s important. Divorce may become inevitable in a family, but the destruction that often accompanies it need not be.
Beryl McNeill strongly believes that mutual respect and understanding go a long way toward resolving family law matters. As a Registered Collaborative Law practitioner in Calgary, she has dedicated her firm to amicable, cooperative negotiation as a means for settling divorces. Throughout her law career Beryl has seen the costs of adversarial negotiations, both financial and emotional. In emphasizing the collaborative approach, Beryl offers her clients a more efficient model that preserves personal and monetary assets alike.
Beryl McNeillMore and more individuals are attracted to resolving their family law matters in a civil, respectful way. They come to Beryl from many walks of life—as professionals in the oil and gas industry and their spouses, business owners, and working spouses with children. Clients say that even after a single consultation with Beryl they feel less stressed and more clear about the way forward.
Beryl understands the often fearful, emotional early stages of divorce. Incorporating skills developed from her training as a life coach, Beryl helps clients move beyond their stress response to more logical, creative thinking. Once there, she works with clients to discover what’s truly important to them in attaining divorce. Beryl encourages clients to picture what a successful settlement would look like a year or more down the road as a means for focusing their goals. By educating and empowering clients, Beryl seeks to transform the way they resolve family disputes—in a more constructive, intelligent and amicable way than would be possible otherwise.
Beginning her career in multiple court venues in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland, Beryl honed her negotiation and courtroom skills in the field of insurance and small claims. From there she was retained as legal counsel for the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program of British Columbia. This led to her work as an Associate with MacEachern Gambrel, where she focused her skills in the area of complex personal injury and family law cases.
Upon arriving in Alberta, Beryl opened her own law practice in 1996 with a continued focus on personal injury and family law. In 2003, she brought her mediation and negotiation skills to Moe and Hannah, and partnered with them in 2007, forming the law firm of Moe Hannah McNeill LLP.
In 2012 Beryl established the McNeill Family Law office so that she could concentrate her practice on assisting couples to divorce amicably and constructively, without the destruction that often accompanies a traditional separation or divorce.
Beryl is very active with the Family Bar and the Collaborative Law Community. Beryl’s involvement provides her clients with assurance that she has her finger on the pulse of Family Law in Alberta, offering them a distinct advantage in their quest for equity and civility.
McNeill Family Law
#200, 638-11 Avenue S.W.,
Calgary, AB T2R 0E2