Owner Spotlight : Paul Chadwick
I’m Paul Chadwick, proud owner of Chadwick Law.
I look forward to sharing my story. I hope that you will enjoy getting to know me better.
I grew up in North York, in the Bathurst and Lawrence area. I studied at Saranac Public School, Ledbury Junior High School, and both Bathurst Heights Secondary School and Northview Collegiate. Then it was on to York University to complete a 4 yr. honours degree in Psychology, however while in year 4, I decided that this was not for me so I withdrew and received my Bachelor of Arts. Thereafter it was on to University of Western Ontario Law School.
I have been a lawyer for thirty-nine years. Chadwick Law is a general practice in Richmond Hill, ON, leaning more towards business and real estate law, wills and estate administration, and a variety of other services such as collections.
I chose to become a lawyer because not only do I truly enjoy helping people with their legal needs, but also educating them along the way about the law, their options available, and the likely consequences of these particular choices to be made. Lawyers advise, and clients instruct based on the advice received. The most enjoyable part of my work is meeting new people and being able to assist them to reach a satisfactory result for the issues in question.
As the owner of my business, I am responsible for reviewing my client’s legal needs, which are often different than anticipated by the client. After the review, I am also responsible for implementing the legal process to achieve the specific goal or service required most cost-effectively as possible. The law is extremely complex. It is not black and white; rather it is usually gray. I am often entrusted with having to make decisions in the course of attending to a client's matter and must navigate through available options, with the knowledge that each decision may lead to this or that consequence.
On average, I work the usual office hours. I begin at nine am and leave whenever is most comfortable given the fact that once home, I can remote into the office and continue providing services which are very time sensitive. During my morning commute, my head is already trying to organize and prioritize the files that require my attention. However, often my plans are changed by a phone call or meeting with a client, whose matter must take precedence over my intended order of attention. No matter how busy my day is, I return all telephone messages received that day, before leaving the office so no one feels ignored or that I am too busy to speak with them. I use my skills in communicating, negotiating, and drafting agreements in accordance with the needs and instructions of my clients to perform at my job.
My father has had the most impact on my leadership style. I attribute my success to my hard values of honesty and trustworthiness. I also grew up in a home that taught me that at the end of the day, your word is all that you have and hard work is the way to achieve what it is that you seek in life.
The most satisfying moment in my personal life has been raising two amazing boys who are now adults and my best friends, my oldest son having blessed me last year with the cutest grandson that one could even imagine. In my professional life, it would be whenever I am able to take a very uncertain area of the law (contradicting court rulings),and take actions on behalf of my clients, and the action is successful.
Besides my business, I admire the big box stores like Home Depot. Times have drastically changed from the old model of unacceptable attitudes and essentially abuse of customers who have a legitimate complaint, and these businesses now bend over to keep the customer satisfied.
When I’m not working, I spend a lot of time with my two golden retrievers. I also enjoy watching intelligent and thoughtful television shows and movies like House of Cards, Homeland, Designated Survivor, Madame Secretary and The Vikings and well-done documentaries. I am by no means a snob when it comes to television (having grown up watching and laughing to "The Three Stooges"; Nevertheless, as one can only find so much time to stay current with these shows (had to give up Game of Thrones for just this reason) my watching preference is to intelligently written and acted shows which reflect those real issues as are present in the world today, in addition to the News. Silly shows with laugh tracks are just not my thing.,
I have enjoyed sharing my story about the things which matter to me and how they influence the way I do business.
If you or someone you know could benefit from our legal expertise in Ontario, I invite you to get in touch. Please visit our website at www.yorklawcan.com.