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Title: notary Year of call: 2016

Expertise: business law  |  personal and family law  |  real estate law  |  notary services

Josée Byrns joined our Sherbrooke office in 2011 when she began law studies after years as a paralegal in the private, municipal, and government sectors. She was a member of the Québec Bar from 2014 to 2016, and has been a member of Chambre des notaires du Québec since April 2016.

She is particularly interested in private international contract and succession law, and human rights. As a notary, she deals mainly with corporate law, private international law, estate law, and non-contentious proceedings, at our Sherbrooke and Lac-Mégantic offices.

Assistant: Marie-Pier Gagné


  • Business law (corporate law, real estate law (sale, acquisition, and leasing), trusts, corporate financing, estate planning)
  • Personal and family law (mandate in case of incapacity, protection plans, estates, wills)
  • Real estate law
  • Notary services (trusts, business financing, mandate in case of incapacity, non-contentious proceedings, estates, wills, powers of attorney, protection mandates, mandates in case of incapacity, real estate transactions)


  • Master’s in notarial law, Université de Sherbrooke (2015)
  • Certificate in business administration, Université du Québec à Montréal (2015)
  • LL.B., Université de Sherbrooke (2013)
  • Certificate in international private law, Universität Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria) (2012)
  • Diploma in paralegal studies, Séminaire de Sherbrooke (1996)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Sherbrooke) (2011 to present)
  • Ministère de la Justice (Quebec City)
  • Ville de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke)
  • MRC du Granit (Lac-Mégantic)
  • Monty Coulombe (Sherbrooke)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • Speech, “Excellence and Community Involvement,” at the Student Award Gala, Law Faculty, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Multiple lectures for paralegal students
  • Provided professional development training for paralegals

Associations, committees, boards

  • Member, International Union of Notaries(UINL)
  • Member, Clinical Ethics Support Committee, Centre de santé et de services sociaux du Granit
  • Member, board of directors, Centre d’action bénévole du Granit
  • Member, Association de planification fiscale et financière (APFF)
  • Member, board of directors, Association de baseball mineur de Lac-Mégantic
  • Former member, Association du Jeune Barreau du district de Saint-François


  • Awarded graduate scholarship (regional/national level), Desjardins Foundation (2013)
  • Prix Audace, an award given by Université de Sherbrooke for outstanding involvement in peer-tutoring and the Pro Bono Students Canada network, and for promoting his home region at the law faculty (2012)
  • Awarded the Justice Danielle Côté scholarship for involvement in the law faculty and the local community and for academic excellence (2012)
  • Awarded undergraduate scholarship (regional/national level), Desjardins Foundation, Category: “Desjardins Careers (fields other than finance)” (2012)
  • Award of excellence, legal writing, Les Éditions Yvon Blais (2011)