The firm of La Salle & Villeneuve
Discreet, essential partners
Throughout our lives, for important events which are the source of great happiness or a fair amount of worry, they are there, essential to the smooth running of our society. You don’t have to possess a great deal to take their advice. And whether you’re selling, buying, or starting a business, you’re wise to choose your notary. In fact, the firm of La Salle & Villeneuve is a pillar of urban and economic development in our region. With 128 years of existence and history behind it, it is also a valued witness.
A vault filled with history
Located today at 540 rue Charbonneau in a building that formerly housed the Godard family residence, the firm descends almost in a straight line from Maître P.A Barrette. He was the first notary to set up in Saint-Jovite at a time where houses were rare and farm fields plentiful. With some 125,000 contracts to its credit, La Salle & Villeneuve renovated its premises and its image. “We are living in strong economic times,” says Me Sophie La Salle, who graduated from McGill University. “And at the same time, we take care, now as in the past, of a clientele that has been loyal to us for several generations. We follow, with the great pleasure provided by offering a high-quality human service, the history and evolution of entire families.”
People witih passion, serving the region
“Me Léliane Villeneuve and I,” Sophie La Salle continues, “grew up in this fascinating world of our fathers, Réjean Villeneuve and Réjean La Salle. Both were partner notaries before our time, for decades,” she adds. In Quebec, the “Code civil”, which originated in France, gives the notary a role unique in North America. Present between the buyer and the seller, the notary works to achieve consensus and agreement between the two parties while seeing to the interests of all. “Where the work of the notary ends,” adds Sophie La Salle, “the lawyer’s work begins.”
Younger than her associate and just as passionate, having completed her notary studies at Université de Montréal, Léliane Villeneuve says that she is completely involved in the interpersonal relationships she has with people in their day-to-day lives. “We live, with them, times of joy but also difficult or painful times,” Léliane confides. “Remaining neutral and impartial does not prevent us from feeling compassion or from expressing emotion. Our fathers had that philosophy and we continue to provide the same quality of service.”
The notary, a kind of artisan
Society evolves and notarial law must follow. What, for example, are the real rights of common-law partners? “A notarized agreement of a shared life is not romantic,” Léliane Villeneuve declares. “Nevertheless, it can prevent bitter disappointment.” As a result, the firm’s website is a fine example of community service. Full of clear, accessible information, it helps the public form an accurate idea of the real work of the notary which is, in a manner of speaking, to be artisans of our well-being. It guarantees a fundamental aspect of our society, namely, property rights.
After all, just as we wouldn’t head out into a rainstorm without an umbrella, it’s better to be prepared and ensure that we are well guided in the crucially important and legally charged aspects of our lives.