Practice Areas

Deborah Humphreys Law Office provides residents of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario with straightforward legal advice and professional law services without the technical jargon. That’s what we mean when we say We Specialize In You. We offer legal services and solutions tailored to your needs in all areas of your life:

Residential and Commercial Real Estate

DH provides fast, efficient legal services for all types of real estate agreements including residential and commercial. We also provide litigation services, construction liens, and specialized services for agricultural and recreational properties.

Visit our “News and Insights” tab for a breakdown of our fees and pricing for purchases and sales for Canadian and Non-Resident clients.

Family Law

Divorce is never easy, but there are ways to reduce the stress and emotions. DH provides a number of family law services including mediation to reach settlements faster and more amicably while protecting your interests.

Wills and Estate Planning

Without a solid will in place, your family could face legal hassles and higher estate taxes. DH will help make estate planning easier and ensure your wishes are met.

Estate Administration

Settling your estate is just as important as creating a will. DH provides estate administration support to your executors when they need it most to make the process smoother. Litigation are services also available.

Corporate Law

DH provides legal services for businesses large and small from incorporation and structuring shares provisions to buyouts, dissolution, and litigation. Our personalized services take away the uncertainty so you can focus on your business.

Mining Law

DH helps at every step of the mining timeline from exploration and claims registration to operations, incorporations, and construction agreements. Based in Thunder Bay, DH is the natural choice for operations across Northwestern Ontario.


The key to solving disputes is communication. Divorce, business partnership dissolution, and similar events naturally cause bad feelings. DH’s mediation services helps get past emotions to a fair and often less costly settlement.

Speciality Practice Areas

Over the years, Deborah Humphreys has developed unique skills in niche areas of law, including:

Residential and Commercial Real Estate: Agriculture

DH can help you navigate the special opportunities and considerations for agricultural producers in Northwestern Ontario such as:

  • Assistance with the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) granting process
  • Assistance securing financing through Farm Credit Canada
  • Milk quota process during dairy farm buyouts
  • Cattle buying and selling

Residential and Commercial Real Estate: Recreational

Individuals or companies who are buying, selling, or operating on real estate used for recreational purposes such as a hunting lodge or lakeside cabin rentals have special considerations, especially if you are not a resident of Ontario. We’ll help you ensure your legal rights are covered.

Residential and Commercial Real Estate: Construction Liens

The construction of a residential or commercial building is usually a complex interaction between owners, suppliers, and contractors. Anything from simple misunderstandings to outright fraud can lead to problems in the construction process, potentially costing you money. Whether you’re the plaintiff or the defendant, DH can help protect your legal rights and help you resolve any conflicts.

Mining Law

Mining companies have a large presence in Northwestern Ontario with several companies either headquartered or operating in Thunder Bay. This highly specialized area of law actually requires knowledge in many different areas including Corporate Law, experience working with First Nations and Indigenous businesses, and a solid understanding of how the Ontario Mining Act and the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines work. DH can provide a range of services at every step of the mining process from exploration and startup to construction, human resources, incorporation, and registering patented and unpatented claims.