Ryan Cutcliffe

Ryan Cutcliffe

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Ryan feels fortunate to have been raised in what is now known as the Halifax Regional Municipality. After graduating with honours from Dalhousie University, he obtained his law degree from the Schulich School of Law. He articled with Kennedy Schofield Lutz (KSL) Lawyers and was then called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2021. He finished law school with the strong aspiration to serve Nova Scotians and sought a firm and community outside of downtown Halifax, but still near the city, to lay roots. He is dedicated to being a consummate professional, so he was drawn to Kennedy Schofield Lutz Lawyers’ philosophy, which encourages lawyers to find a niche and build expertise in certain fields. He has not regretted this decision for a moment and feels that he and KSL are a compatible fit for each other.

In law school, Ryan volunteered with the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service and studied at the Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic. Serving students and Nova Scotians in these capacities left him with the appreciation that when someone retains a legal professional, they do so because the stakes are high and they require diligent service and well thought out advice. Ryan remains mindful of the gravity of his client’s legal situations and this motivates him to obtain the results sought by his clients. Another highlight of his time at Schulich was placing third in the national 2020 Davies Corporate/Securities Moot held annually in Toronto. The national mooting experience further engrained the importance of teamwork and stepping up to the plate in high pressure situations.

Ryan concentrates his practice in real estate, wills & estates, and corporate/commercial. He is committed to assisting people who are buying or selling homes, as he appreciates real property is often the single biggest investment a Nova Scotian family will make. He strives to ensure his clients feel supported and comfortable throughout the process. Ryan finds fulfillment estate planning because he enjoys helping clients plan for the future and being there with them through major life events. Probate law gives Ryan the privilege of alleviating some of the most difficult times his clients will face. Grieving the loss of a loved one is hard enough without having to worry about the legalities of winding up an estate. Finally, by providing legal services to the area’s businesses, Ryan is proud to be a small part of the fabric that makes Nova Scotia such a great and prosperous place to live.

When away from the office, Ryan enjoys practicing yoga and meditation, sports, and backpacking throughout our beautiful province.