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Carolyn P. Crate
Carolyn P. Crate Lawyer Carolyn’s primary areas of practice include: Residential and Commercial Real Estate (purchases, sales, mortgages, rectifying title issues), Estate Planning and Administration (including drafting of Wills and Powers of Attorney), Corporate and Commercial transactions (purchase and sale of business assets and shares, shareholder agreements, incorporations, annual minutes and resolutions).

Carolyn currently sits as Vice-Chair of the Sutton BIA (2013 to present).  Past volunteer positions include director of York Region Law Association (2009 to 2012, Secretary 2012-2013) and director of GTTI (2006 to 2008).

After graduating from the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law and completing the Ontario Bar Admission Course, Carolyn articled with the firm of Brown Beattie O’Donovan in London, Ontario.
Carolyn was an insurance broker in the property and casualty insurance industry from 1992 to 2000. During this time, Carolyn obtained her A.I.I.C. designation with High Honours. Carolyn also has a Diploma in Business Administration from Seneca College and was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Bronze Medal. Carolyn worked in the banking industry from 1987 to 1991.


James R. Crate
James R. Crate Lawyer Jim’s primary areas of practice include: Civil Litigation (including Personal Injury Matters and Employment Law Matters), Criminal Defence, Estate Planning and Administration (including the drafting of Wills and Powers of Attorney), and Real Estate Transactions.  Jim has recently begun taking Legal Aid Certificates for criminal related matters.

Jim currently manages the firm’s annual Will and Powers of Attorney Campaigns that to date has raised in excess of $50,000.00 for local charities in Georgina and elsewhere.  Jim previously sat on the local board of Jericho Youth Services.

After graduating from the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law and completing the Ontario Bar Admission Course, Jim articled with the firms of Patrick J. Fahey Law Office and Monteith Baker Johnston & Doodnauth PC.

Jim was a member of the Ontario Provincial Police from 1991 until 2007.  During his tenure, he acquired significant experience in the area of criminal law, major case management and human resource development.  Jim sat on many community policing boards and participated in numerous community initiatives.  Jim taught police related courses at the in-service and college level for a number of years and was the recipient of awards for community policing initiatives, charitable works, and leadership.


Patrick J. Fahey - Retired

Patrick J. Fahey Lawyer Patrick obtained his Bachelor of Commerce from St. Patrick’s College, Ottawa, in 1956 and was the recipient of the Governor General’s Medal for the highest academic standing in his graduating class.

He worked for the federal Department of Finance, in the field of insurance, from 1953 until 1956. Patrick completed his LL.B. at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law in 1961, again graduating with distinction and was awarded the gold medal for his achievements in law school.


Patrick completed Articles with the firm of Quain & Quain in Ottawa, and the Bar Admission Course at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He received his Call to the Bar in 1963 and remained with Quain& Quain until 1965. From 1965 to 1969, Patrick was a member of the legal staff at T. Eaton Company Ltd. In 1969, Patrick moved with his family to the Sutton area and purchased the law practice that continues today.

For forty years, Patrick has served the legal needs of his community as a respected member and is a respected member of the Ontario Bar. He has also been a Small Claims Court Judge for 32 years, having been appointed in 1977.

Patrick is a proud member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations, and the York Region Law Association. He served on the board of directors for Southlake Regional Health Centre (formerly York County Hospital) from 1977 until 1990 and has been an active member of the Kinsmen Club and K-40 for many years.

One of the many highlights of Patrick’s career was when his daughter, Carolyn Crate, joined the firm in 2004. In 2007, his son-in-law, Jim Crate, also joined the firm, and the practice was purchased by Carolyn and Jim in January, 2009. Patrick remains as general counsel to the new firm of Fahey Crate Law Professional Corporation.


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