OTTAWA VALLEY SOLICITOR’S PRACTICE – Chown & Smith of Renfrew, Ontario was founded in 1894 by S. T. Chown, who was joined in the practice by his son, Murray Chown in 1926, who was later joined in the practice by his son, Bill Chown in 1961, with Brian Smith joining the practice in 1976.  With the retirement of Bill Chown, Brian Smith is now the sole practitioner in the firm.

The practice is primarily Estate and Real Estate (residential, recreational and rural based) with an experienced three person staff.  There is a large bank of Wills with long standing clientele (including five generations of some families).

This is a turn-key practice with Brian Smith available for a flexible transition period.

This practice is suitable for a sole practitioner or for a firm wishing to expand its client base in the Ottawa Valley.

CONTACT:   Brian Smith
25-1035 O’Brien Road
Renfrew, ON  K7V 0B3
Tel:  (613) 432-3669
Fax:  (613) 432-2874



Library Assistant Position

The Renfrew County Law Association seeks a highly motivated individual to assume library and administrative duties. This is a part-time permanent position, working 18 hours a week, possibly leading to 30 hours per week.  A full range of health and dental benefits are provided.

Position Description

Responsibilities fall within the following broad categories of Library Services, Collection Maintenance, Administration and Library and equipment maintenance.

Library Services: Respond to reference, research and document delivery requests, and train users on print and online resources.

Collection Maintenance: Manage all processes relating to the collections. This includes managing acquisitions and collection development, reporting items to the Law Society of Ontario for cataloguing, liaising with the legal publishers, and maintaining circulation records.

Administration: Responsible for all payroll activities, all banking activities, tracking, payment and filing of all invoices related to association and library expenses, and preparation and submission of the annual budget and quarterly financial reports. Additionally responsible for maintaining the association’s directory, distribution of library notices to its members, retrieval of mail from courts administration, maintaining all government records.  Library Assistant must also work with IT services to perform regular updates to library computers.  Prepare continuing professional development program schedule and administer the registration and presentation of courses.

Library and equipment maintenance: Responsible for the day-to-day upkeep of the library proper. This may include answering the phone, keeping the law library tidy and re-shelving materials as required, maintaining the smooth functioning of the computer terminals, photocopier, printer, facsimile machine and ordering/picking up necessary coffee, office, and business supplies.


  • Master of Library Sciences or Library Technician Diploma from an accredited institution is required
  • Previous experience with accounting software
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal skills with both staff and clients
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work accurately and efficiently
  • Knowledge and experience with legal research resources, both print and online
  • Proficient computer skills using Microsoft Office
  • Experience developing and managing budgets in a work setting
  • Ability to work independently

Please submit your resume and cover letter no later than April 5, 2019 to

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those short-listed for consideration will be contacted.

2018 Renfrew County Law Association Scholarship Winner

The Renfrew County Law Association is pleased to award the 2018 scholarship to Mr. Robert M. Murphy.  Congratulations to Robert.

Will Check – Wills Registry for Ontario

We’re pleased to announce that, a Wills Registry for Ontario, is now open for use by lawyers across the province! Will Check is an initiative by the County of Carleton Law Association, funded in part by the Federation of Law Associations (FOLA), to keep track of will location information to assist in future retrieval. You can register a will individually or send them a batch file of information on several clients. They do not store the will itself, just information on where it can be located, and they provide a release form your clients can sign to approve having their will registered on the site. There is no fee for this service. Check it out at!

Law Office Rental

Furnished law office space for rent in a high profile law office building in  Pembroke.  This space is within the offices of an established and busy law firm.  Includes private office and parking, and shared use and access to common areas including reception, kitchen, and meeting room.  Possible referrals.  Suitable for a new call or junior lawyer.  Rent negotiable.  Apply in writing to Kelly + Kelly Lawyers Professional Corporation.  Address your application to Christopher B. Kelly: