Upfront Teichert laser-focused on clients' best interests
By AdvocateDaily.com Staff
Clients of Toronto family lawyer Tyler Teichert should prepare themselves for some upfront and open legal advice.
“I’m pretty direct,” he tells AdvocateDaily.com. “I speak in a non-judgmental way, but in the end, it comes down to what’s in the client's best interest, and I’m very clear about what I think should happen going forward.”
But Teichert, a lawyer with Stanchieri Family Law, says any edge to his style is offset by his friendly manner.
“I’m easy to talk to, and I always make sure to listen to their story and try to be understanding,” he says. “It’s important for me to empathize with what they’re going through.
“For the most part, I think people appreciate how honest and up-front I am with them,” Teichert adds.
Teichert was a relative latecomer to the law, applying for law school in his mid-20s only after establishing himself as a national level professional horse trainer south of the border.
“I grew up on a farm, and was involved with horses from early on,” he says. “But I got to where I wanted to be in my training work in the U.S. and was looking for a different challenge.
“I looked at the legal profession as a chance to have a career working more directly with people and to make a big impact on their day-to-day lives,” Teichert adds.
After enrolling at Western University’s faculty of law, he quickly found himself drawn to family law and has rarely looked back.
“I did a bit of personal injury work during articling, but nothing ever interested me in the way family law did,” explains Teichert, who even managed to dodge a corporate law rotation in order to stay with the firm’s litigation department, where he could continue assisting families going through some of the most difficult moments of their lives.
At Western, Teichert took on a role as co-ordinator of Pro Bono Students Canada’s family law project, which required him to draft court documents for hundreds of self-represented litigants struggling to navigate the complex family law system alone.
“It was very fulfilling work,” he says.
His current practice sees him assisting clients with legal issues encompassing all aspects of family law, including custody, access, support, property and child protection.
Teichert acts for clients in court when it is required, but only after discussing the alternatives available to them.
“Clients’ needs are often better served outside of litigation, where resolution may be achieved in a more cost-effective and flexible way,” adds Teichert, who also acts for clients entering into separation or cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts.