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Susan M. Kootnekoff

Founder of Inspire Law Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law. Susan's diverse legal career spans over 20 years. During this time she has gained expertise in a variety of areas of the law, including  Employment Law, Drugs, Alcohol and the Workplace, Human Rights, Workers' Compensation Board, Occupational Health and...

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Knowledge is Power

You have rights, whether you are an employer or an employee. If you want to learn more about your legal rights, you have come to the right place. We believe everyone should have access to legal representation and information relevant to their workplace situation. Please take a look at our Publications for additional legal information.

Resolving Legal Matters Across BC and Alberta

Welcome to Inspire Law. We are here to help you trouble shoot and solve your legal situations. Whether you are a large business, a small business, an employer or an employee in any field, we are here to help you. At Inspire Law, we are passionate about fairness, and firmly believe that justice ought to be accessible and afforded to all.

Tell Us Your Story

Your case is important to us. One of the advantages we offer over larger law firms is our ability to attend to you, your case and your results. Whether you are an employer or an employee, employment law matters can be very upsetting and can be challenging to navigate on one’s own. At Inspire Law, you will receive focused and attentive help with your case.

Legal Publications

Susan writes a weekly column which is published in the Kelowna Daily Courier newspaper and online with the Capital News. Slightly modified versions are also posted on this website under Publications.

R v. Sidhu: Was he Asleep?

“Driver in Humboldt crash wasn't distracted at time of collision with bus, document says” read the headline. It reminds me of a joke my mother, a Saskatchewan resident, tells:   “A small car and a semi collided. The driver of the semi said, ‘It wasn’t my fault.,   The driver of the car………. had no comment.”     Therein lies the crux of it.  Those involved...

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Romance at Work

  • Photo: "Valentine (36)" by M.aryam is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
A noticeable number of people have met their soul mate at work. Some may say there can never be enough love in this world. Becoming romantically involved with someone you work with is not illegal. However, some workplace relationships are inherently problematic. This is especially so if a power imbalance is involved.  When a superior has a relationship with a subordinate, concerns arise...

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Inspire Law

At Inspire Law, we can assist you with a variety of employment law and other work related legal issues. We are a boutique law practice that is free from many of the demands of a larger law firm. For example, we have low overhead costs , will speak in plain English, and will always handle your case in a personalized, attentive and focused manner. We can help you through your...

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Appointments & Fees

We understand the need for flexible appointment times. We offer meeting times to fit your needs, including evenings and Saturdays. If you would like to discuss your legal situation, please contact us to request a consultation. Reasonable & Transparent Billing At Inspire Law, we also understand your concerns about maintaining reasonable and transparent legal costs.  Typically, the legal services we provide are billed at our regular hourly rates. For some commonly provided...

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Drugs, Alcohol & Work

Lay-Offs

Pregnancy & Maternity

Resolving Disputes

Severance Packages

Mediating

Harassment & Discrimination

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