Meet the Team

Teamwork is at the very heart of our approach. We know our ability to meet your objectives hinges on everyone’s full cooperation. This is why we leverage not only the skills of our lawyers and support staff, but also their versatility.

Working together, we can plan and see through what matters most to you.

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Melanie Racine

Melanie Racine

Melanie has focused her practice on Wills, Estates, Real Estate & Business Law. Melanie was born and raised in Port Hope. After completing her Honours Bachelor of Arts at Waterloo University in Military History she traveled extensively and was accepted to Cardif, Wales where she completed her Bachelor of Laws.

After returning to Canada she settled in Port Hope where she is happily raising her two daughters.

She is excited to be on the main street of Port Hope and welcomes you to Racine Law!

Bruce Coleman

Bruce is a mainstay of Port Hope. He was born and raised here, and after completing his education in Waterloo and then Ottawa, he returned home to open his practice.

He has been practicing at 50 Walton Street since 1983, as his original location was displaced by the flood. Bruce became a sole practitioner in 1992.

Racine Law is most fortunate to be able to count Bruce as one of the team. He is able to use his wealth of experience to advise all clients on many areas of law.

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Colin

Colin Lyon

Colin is a lawyer focusing on Real Estate, Wills & Estates and Business Law. Colin has a passion for the "weird and wonderful" of complicated Real Estate.

He completed his undergraduate degree in History at the University of Toronto in 2014. He then went on to complete his Juris Doctor in 2017 at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Colin joined Racine Law as an Articling Student in 2017, and upon being called to the bar in June 2018, he has decided to begin his practice here at Racine Law.

Colin grew up in Port Hope and is pleased to be practicing in his own backyard.

Teresa Williams 

Teresa has been practicing administrative law as a paralegal for over 12 years.

At Racine Law, Teresa focuses her practice on planning and land dispute matters with a compliment of smaller litigation matters.  Teresa has experience before Federal and Provincial boards and tribunals, and the Small Claims Court.

As a native of Port Hope, Teresa is active in the community. She has been known to volunteer at the Primrose Donkey Sanctuary, because they are so cute!

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Stacy

Stacy Holmes

Stacy has come to Team Racine as an experienced Wills and Estates Clerk. She was born in Port Hope and though raised away from town, returned to Northumberland County to raise her family.

Stacy brings her education in graphic design and writing to her work here at the firm and applies these creative pursuits to everything she does.

Stacy is a published author and a wonderful member of the team.

Christine Wilkinson

Christine is our Real Estate aficionado! She is the first port of call for all things Real Estate.

Christine was born and raised in Woodstock. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Western Ontario and then completed her Law Clerk designation at Fanshawe College. Christine moved to Northumberland County,15 years ago, where she has settled to raise her family.

We are happy Christine has brought all of her knowledge and expertise to Team Racine!

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Elsa Mead

Elsa Mead

Elsa originally joined Racine Law in September 2017 as an administrative assistant and to assist with our digitization process. Very quickly Elsa became a trainee Law Clerk and is now situated at the front desk of our new offices!

Elsa undertook her Medical Office Administration diploma at St. Lawrence College in Kingston before returning to her hometown of Port Hope.

Elsa has quickly become an integral part of our team and we really could not live without her! On top of her new "Reception Duties;" she is undertaking the clerk work for the Wills team and is also a Junior Real Estate clerk.

Elsa is really the glue that keeps the team together.

Matthew McCreadie

Matt is proficient in many areas integral to the smooth running of the firm. On top of being the book keeping and office manager, he is also the lead of our IT team, keeping us up and running.

Matt completed his Masters in Physics at Cardiff University in 2011 and went on to complete his Masters of Science in 2013. He is now the Master of Everything at Racine Law!

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Our Services

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Real Estate

Here at Racine Law we understand  your life is hectic and on top of all of your normal activities you now have to organize movers and packing. The last thing you want is to have to organize your lawyer! We help make the transition as easy as possible.

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Estate Administration

Estate administration is the practice of collecting and managing a person's estate, paying taxes and debts and administering the remaining property to beneficiaries of the estate.

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Estate Planning

Planning for one's death is not exactly everyone's top priority, however, it is an important step in life planning. Here at Racine Law, we take a pulse check on all of your assets, liabilities and responsibilities now, and we also look to the future.

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Litigation

Some disputes require the input of a third party. In the cases of Employment Law, Administrative Law or Civil Claims of under $25,000.00, we can help with these. Having a Paralegal on staff allows Racine Law to service our clients when a dispute arises. We can also advise prior to a dispute arising in these areas by drafting contracts and agreements.

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Wills & Powers of Attorney

A Will is a legal document in which an individual expresses how their possessions and property are to be distributed upon their death. We take instructions from you who your trustee(s) will be in the event of your death.

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Business & Corporate Law

Starting and running your own business is not an easy process.  At Racine Law, we can assist from day one by advising on business structures to incorporating to preparing a business for sale or dissolving your business.

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