Terrance G. Sheppard

(902) 460-3401tsheppard@boyneclarke.ca
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"Working together, we can tackle the issues both unique and familiar to modern families"

About Terrance

Terry’s experiences have taught him that no matter what the circumstance, people want to be treated with respect, be provided with insightful and practical guidance and trust that the person they are listening to is hearing them.

Terry is a multifaceted lawyer with part of his practice being devoted to criminal law. Terry has a wide range of experience in dealing with criminal cases that vary from high profile murder cases to complex fraud issues to everyday motor vehicle charges. Terry is also a highly skilled and experienced family law lawyer with a practice concentrating on issues relating to surrogacy, adoption, divorce, child support, parenting time and spousal support. Terry’s goal is to ensure that the family unit is treated with respect and understanding during a difficult time.

Terry recognizes families come in all shapes and sizes. Parents are divorced, separated, common-law, same-sex and single. The family with one parent and one child is a family. A grandmother raising her step-grandchild is a family. The same-sex couple and their adopted or conceived through surrogacy child is a family. New dimensions in parenting may require a new way of doing things, a pioneering spirit.

Areas of Practice

Terrance's Background

  • 1998: LL.B., Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1993: Master of Arts - Political Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1990: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Political Science, University of King's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2017 - Present: Partner, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2012 - 2016: Partner and Executive Committee Member, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2002 - 2005: Associate, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova SCotia
  • 2001: Instructor (Transportation Law), Nova Scotia Community College, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2001: Associate, Reierson Schurman, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2000 - 2001: Staff Lawyer, Nova Scotia Legal Aid, Halifax & Antigonish, Nova Scotia
  • 1999 - 2000: Associate, Blackburn English Barristers & Solicitors, Enfield, Nova Scotia
  • 1998 - 1999: Articled Clerk, Paterson Palmer Hunt Murphy Barristers & Solicitors, Truro, Nova Scotia
Professional Memberships
  • Member at Large - CBA Nova Scotia
  • Member - Canadian Bar Association (Family Law Subsection)
  • Member - Canadian Bar Association Membership and Member Services Committee
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barrister's Society
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers Society's' Professional Standards Committee - Family Law
  • Member - Parent Information Program Project Advisory Committee - Department of Justice
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society and Department of Justice joint committee to implement amendments to the Children and Family Services Act regarding adoptions
  • Member - Parent Information Program Development Working Group
  • Member - American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys
  • Trainer for the Parent Information Program at the Family Division
  • Volunteer Facilitator- Parent Information Program, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division)
  • Member - Self-Represented Litigants Bench & Bar Committee of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division )
  • Appointed amicus curiae in child protection matters for the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division)
  • Appointed amicus curiae in child protection matters in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
  • Volunteer Mock Chambers Justice - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Bar Admissions Course
  • Volunteer Moot Justice - 2nd Year Moot Court at Dalhousie Law School
  • Volunteer Coordinator - joint project of the Dal Pro Bono Student Association and the Canadian Mental Health Association on Human Rights issues
  • Former Board member of the Adoption Appeal Board for the Province of Nova Scotia (March 2007 - March 2010)
Community Activities
  • Director - New Start
  • Volunteer Lawyer - ReachAbility
  • Former Chair - Motor Vehicle Appeal Board
  • Former Director - Work Bridge
  • Former Chair - Halifax Developmental Pre-school
  • Former Board of Directors - Halifax Association for Community Living and a member of the Executive, serving as VIce President
  • Former Director - The North American Chronic Pain Association of North America
  • Former Director - The North American Chronic Pain Association of Canada
Awards & Honours
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 published by Best Lawyers®
  • Leonard A. Kitz Prize for Excellence in Mooting, Dalhousie University, 1998
  • Graduate Scholarship and Teach Assistantshiip, Dalhousie University, 1993
  • President's List and University of King's College Scholarship, University of King's College, 1990
  • BOYNECLARKE Lawletters:
  • "Child Support"
  • "Child Support: Special Circumstances"
  • "Adoption"
  • Publication of "The Right to Strike: Liberalism and the Charter" in the Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies
  • Past speaker for the Military Family Resource Centre
  • Preparing and Arguing Cases Involving Contested Shared Custody (Parenting and Child Support Issues)- Nova Scotia Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, January 2011
  • Tax Principles for Family Law - Academy of Financial Divorce Specialists, June 2009
  • Lecture on Surrogacy - Regina Branch of the Saskatchewan Canadian Bar Association, March 2008
  • Uncontested Divorce - NSCC, April 2008
  • Lecture on Surrogacy - Nova Scotia Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, December 2007
  • Human Rights Act- Work Bridge, March 2004
  • Child Protection Proceedings - MISA, October 2002

Recent Blog Posts by Terrance

Blog Post | Wednesday November 8, 2017

Nova Scotia's Cyber-Protection Act

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Criminal Law

Two years after the Nova Scotia Supreme Court struck down the Cyber Safety Act, the Nova Scotia Government has reintroduced new legislation to deal with cyber bullying.

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Blog Post | Wednesday October 18, 2017

Halifax Police Announce Voluntary Surrender Day

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Criminal Law

Voluntary Surrender Day in Halifax is Saturday, October 28 from 8:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M.

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Blog Post | Tuesday January 8, 2019

Are Embryos Property? The Ontario Court’s Commitment to Reproductive Freedom

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law

The use of assisted reproductive technologies to create families is becoming increasingly common in Canada. These technologies create opportunities for individuals or couples who otherwise cannot grow their families.

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Blog Post | Tuesday January 22, 2019

Predatory Marriages

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law Wills & Estates

Marriage can have a significant legal impact on a person’s property and assets. Through marriage a spouse may have legal claim to a home,[1] may have a claim to other property and a marriage may give rise to spousal support obligations.[2]

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Blog Post | Thursday January 31, 2019

The Supreme Court of Canada Strikes Down Mandatory Victim Surcharges

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Criminal Law

The Supreme Court of Canada has declared that a Mandatory Victim Surcharge is unconstitutional in that it imposes cruel and unusual punishment on poor defendants, contrary to the protections provided by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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