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Susan M. Kootenkoff

Lead Lawyer/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...

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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 LEGAL INFO page, for legal information and resources to explore.

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 newspaper column which is published in the Kelowna Daily Courier on Fridays, and online at the Kelowna Capital News on weekends.  Modified versions are posted on this website under Publications.

“It’s My Strata, And I’ll Smoke If I Want To” - Part 1

  • Photo: "We tried to save the innovation economy" by henribergius is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
What happens when a smoker does not want to stop smoking, but whose adjacent neighbor is a non-smoker with a health condition? Let's say the health worsens with exposure to second-hand smoke.  Let's also say they live in a strata complex. The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal recently considered such a scenario in Bowker v. Strata Plan NWS 2539. A woman, Ms....

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Policy Manuals

Many organizations have policy manuals. They are a collection of policies which set out how certain issues are to be handled within the organization.  Examples include vacation, job protected leaves such as maternity or parental leave, dress codes, hours of work, harassment, discrimination, confidentiality, privacy, payroll, conflicts of interest and more.    Some policies may be very brief and straightforward. Others...

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Inspire Law

At Inspire Law, we can assist you with a variety of legal issues, including employment law and other work related legal areas. 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...

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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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Lay-Offs

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