We look forward to assisting you with all of your legal needs.
Lyle D. Carlstrom
Barrister and Solicitor, Notary Public
Lyle Dennis Carlstrom was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta. In 1982, Lyle received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta, and in 1986 graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1987.
Lyle has been a member of the Canadian Bar Association since 1983 and is a strong supporter of public legal education. He has taught with Athabasca University, Fairview College, Grande Prairie Regional College, the Alberta Real Estate Association, the Council for Lifelong Learning and the Rural Learning Network and helped create The Estate & Financial Planning Institute and FEP Institute Inc.
Along with public legal education Lyle has served in numerous other volunteer capacities. He has been involved with Rotary International in the Peace River Country and Comox Valley, the United Way, the United Church, Fairview Community Support Services, and the Fairview, Sexsmith, Grande Prairie and Comox Valley Chambers of Commerce. Additionally, he was a founding member of the 1995 Canada Winter Games Host Society, the Community Foundation of Greater Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie Regional College Alumni Foundation, and The Arctic Winter Games Society. He was one of the first lawyers in Canada to be part of Advocis, the professional body for financial planners and insurance agents. Lyle serves as a Director of Project Watershed and is a member of the Fundraising Committee for the Kus-Kus-Sum restoration project. He recently became involved with Comox Business in Action.
Lyle was admitted to the Law Society of British Columbia in 2016. In March of 2017 he and Dale Roberts Notary formed a multi-disciplinary partnership called Old House Law Professionals in Courtenay. On August 1, 2018 they acquired Holland and Company. Their practice focuses on solicitor’s work in the areas of real estate and estate planning. Lyle also adds corporate-commercial and estate administration matters as well as a broad range of other legal matters. His financial investments in the Comox Valley are now complimented by his legal practice and volunteer efforts. He won Courtenay Rotary’s Top Hand and Sponsorship Awards in 2019. He believes that legal professionals need to be involved in their community and is pleased all firm members share that value.
Lyle is the proud father of Emily, Joshua and Zachary, and partner of Pam Williams.
Shelley graduated from the Legal Assistant Program at Camosun College in Victoria and proceeded to gain diverse legal experience working for various law practices and notary offices while riding motorcycles and leading a somewhat nomadic life.
In 1989 she and her husband decided to set down roots in the Comox Valley where she immediately started working with Holland and Company as a Conveyancer. While raising three children (not to mention several dogs) and contributing to numerous community projects she continued her association with this firm, willingly participating in all areas of the business. Recently becoming a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits for BC, Shelley now manages the Estate Administration department of Holland and Company and looks forward to helping her clients navigate the many complexities of that area of law.
Holly joined Holland and Company through North Island College’s co-operative program as a budding business administration summer student. Graduating from NIC in 2003, she has been with our firm for 18 years with a vast experience including estate planning, administration, litigation, and more recently specializing in Corporate Records and Commercial transactions, and has been appointed a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits for BC.
She is patient and cares deeply for the success of our clients, always eager and ready to assist with efficiency. Born in Comox to a military family, she was fortunate to only be posted to Greenwood NS, and then back to the beautiful Comox Valley to graduate and marry her high school sweetheart. When not at the office you can find her at Saratoga Speedway, cheering on her husband, or at home with their 3 young children doing all the fun things Moms love to do!
Real Estate Paralegal
Karen joined our Team in October of 2017. She has 15 years experience and specializes in Real Estate Conveyancing. Born and raised an Island girl, Karen spends her days away from the office enjoying all that the Comox Valley has to offer including camping, hunting, and fishing with her husband and two dogs. Her professionalism, enthusiasm, and attention to detail has made her an asset to our team.
Amy is the first person to welcome you when arriving in our office. She was born on the East Coast to a Military family, finally setting down roots in the Valley in 1988. After graduating from Highland Secondary she perfected her customer service and exceptional front end skills during 16 years working in the financial industry prior to joining our firm in 2017.
Amy has a great sense of humor, and practical no-nonsense way about her that gets the job done flawlessly. Amy married a boy from Texas and are proud parents to a ten year old daughter and 3yr old rescue dog, also from Texas. Their family has hosted many international school students and enjoys all our coastal lifestyle has to offer.
Pam quickly became a welcome addition to our team in 2020 as Practice Manager. She has brought her tireless work ethic, exceptional skills in team management, promotions, and forward thinking that she developed over 25 years of business management while operating and growing her own catering and event coordinating company in Alberta.
Pam is lighthearted but cares deeply about our clients and our firm’s connection to the community. After moving to the Comox Valley in 2018 she loves to explore all the Valley has to offer including scenic hikes, live music, and she is deeply impressed by the sense of community found here. She is the proud mother of 2 grown children and 2 senior Shih Tzu puppies that often make guest appearances at our office.
Estate Planning Paralegal
Katie is a young, bright, and energetic spirit, always willing to take on new challenges, learn new things, and try new foods. As our Estate Planning Paralegal she assists clients every step of the way; from preparing, drafting, and executing Power of Attorneys, Representation Agreements and Wills, to following up with clients, she always ensures a smooth process from beginning to end.
Fun Facts about Katie: she initially went to school to be a forensic psychologist but decided to get into the legal industry after watching “Drop Dead Diva”. She enjoys going to the beach, swinging on swings, eating spaghetti, and spending time with her husband which is excellent practice as they will be welcoming their first child near the end of 2020.
Chris Cameron (Retired October 2018)
Chris Cameron grew up in Richmond Hill, Ontario and completed Law School at Western University in London, Ontario. He moved to the Comox Valley in 1983 after articling in Kamloops, B.C. His interest in sailboat racing brought him to the Valley and he stayed. Chris has a Commercial Pilot’s license and was legal advisor to the Courtenay Airpark Association, as well as a Director of the K’omoks Economic Development Corporation. Chris enjoys playing the tenor sax in the Comox Valley Concert Band as well as playing hockey and golf where he was also a legal advisor to the Comox Golf Club.
Although a court room lawyer for the first half of his legal career, prior to retirement Chris had a solicitors practice focusing on Real Estate, Corporate and Commercial Transactions, ICBC Claims, Estates, Probate, Wills and Powers of Attorney. Chris had also assisted numerous military, RCMP, and Brookfield Global Relocation Service users during their postings to and from the Comox Valley.
Mike Holland (deceased)
Mike Holland lived in the Comox Valley since kindergarten when his air force family moved to town. He went from elementary to high school here (Airport, Courtenay Junior, Lake Trail and Vanier) and was fortunate enough to be working within 100 yards of where he always wanted to work. Mike Holland was a very experienced all around lawyer, appearing many times successfully in all levels of Court from Provincial Court, Supreme Court to Court of Appeal. In addition, Mike had an active solicitor’s practice in conveyancing, wills, estates, and other estate planning.
Mike was extensively involved in his community, on City Council, Regional District, crisis center, St. Joseph’s Hospital board, Rotary, Kinsmen, theatre board, hospice board, Glacier View Lodge, regional hospital board, recreation board, sewer and water board.
Mike was recognised for his achievements with the George Muir Award for Courage, Citizenship Award from the Town of Comox, Volunteer of the Year award from Glacier View Lodge, and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal..
“… one person who contributed an immeasurable amount to his community.
His name is Michael Holland. Michael is a Comox lawyer who…
single-handedly took on the goliath of government
and fought day in and day out …”
– Premier Gordon Campbell
Hansard, August 16, 2001