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Ingrid Nickel

Ingrid earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan.  She articled with Legal Aid Manitoba and was called to the Bar of the Province of Manitoba in 1986.

Ingrid practiced law with various firms in Brandon and Winnipeg, Manitoba.  In 1992, she formed a successful partnership with Chrys W. Iwanchuk, Q.C. (deceased: June 04, 2009). Together from their office on McPhillips Street, they served clients with diverse and challenging legal issues.  In 2007, she joined the firm of Restall & Restall LLP.

Ingrid concentrates on the areas of Family Law, preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney, Estate Administration and residential Real Estate (purchase, sale and refinance).  Ingrid is also pleased to offer Civil and Estate Litigation and Administrative Law and Criminal Law services and consultations on a selective basis and upon request.

Ingrid is a member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), the Manitoba Bar Association (MBA) and Family Mediation Manitoba.  She completed Family Mediation Training Through Separation and Divorce in August 2019.

Ingrid has volunteered her time to educate the public during the annual Will Week, a collaboration of the Winnipeg Foundation, the Manitoba Bar Association and the Manitoba Public Guardian and Trustee.  

Ingrid believes a balanced lifestyle makes her a better lawyer.  She enjoys time with family and friends and enjoys good books, travel, cuisine, music and art.  Fitness is important to Ingrid who is a member of GoodLife Fitness and Pilates Manitoba.

Some Important Wins...


Ingrid has appeared at all levels of court in Manitoba.  In 1995, Ingrid successfully appealed the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench decision in Lapointe v. Lapointe  before the Manitoba Court of Appeal; overturning an original ruling prohibiting a custodial parent mother from moving from Manitoba to another province with her children and allowing her to move. For that, she received front page headlines in The Lawyer’s Weekly and full reporting of the decision in the Western Weekly Reports.  The area of custodial parent mobility remains challenging and continues to evolve.


In 1997, Ingrid won an important decision before the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench in Teillet v. Teillet, in which the court set out guidelines to determine a divorcing couple’s date of separation.  Setting a date of separation is critical when dividing family property because the value of assets available for division can vary greatly from one date to the next.


The Lapointe and Teillet decisions form an important part of Canadian domestic legal jurisprudence and are being studied by law students.

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