26 Centre Avenue East
Box 2039, Altona, MB, R0G 0B0
Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday: 9AM – 5PM
Friday: 9AM – 12PM
Weekends – Closed

Staff Emails

Adam Mace –


Office Manager
Martha Janzen –


Legal Assistants
Janet Hildebrand –
Olivia Klippenstein –
Celine Froese –
Milan Falk-


Our Services

Cole & Mace has been providing a wide range of legal services to the Altona area since 1977. With preferred areas of practice of Real Estate, Estates, Wills, and Corporate & Commercial, Cole & Mace is suited to address a significant number of your needs. In addition to our preferred areas of practice, the lawyers at Cole & Mace can assist you with Family Law, Notary & Commissioner for Oaths, Contract Review, and Leases, among other things. If your area of need is not listed, do not hesitate to contact our office as consultations and referrals are free.

Cole & Mace can handle all of the documentation involved with purchasing or selling your property, including transfers of title, tax adjustments, and mortgage registrations. We will explain the terms and conditions of your real estate contract as well as answer any questions you may have about items that are unclear or confusing.

Whether getting new financing or replacing an existing loan, we can help you. Cole & Mace will work quickly and efficiently ensuring your mortgage funds are available for use as soon as possible. We will explain what you need to know about your mortgage, making certain you understand your obligations and liabilities under the mortgage.

When you decide to buy or sell a home, your Realtor will prepare an Offer to Purchase, but if you are not using a Realtor, Cole & Mace can help. On your behalf, we will prepare an Offer to Purchase covering the details of the transaction, including the Date of Possession, Price, Deposit, Financing Details, Included Appliances, and any other special terms.

As experienced rural solicitors, Cole & Mace can help you with any transaction involving farmland. Whether you are looking to buy or sell, put out a Call for Tenders, subdivide a Section of land, subdivide a residential yard from the crop land, or need to document a shared driveway or right-of-way, we can prepare the documents you require. For any of the above listed items, we can handle the entire process on your behalf, or simply assist you as needed.

Whether starting a new business or making changes to an existing business, Cole & Mace will be able to provide you with the legal support you require. We will assist you with registering your business name or partnership, or incorporating your business. As we are experienced in all business structures, we can transfer shares, prepare rollovers, draft partnership or shareholder agreements, and complete any other work you may require.

In order to ensure that your assets are disbursed according to your wishes and in the most effective way possible, a comprehensive estate plan is necessary. The importance of Estate Planning is magnified for individuals owning and operating their own businesses due to the complexities of inter-generational succession. The lawyers at Cole & Mace will be able to provide you with the legal support and information you require to craft an estate plan suitable for your purposes.

In the event a loved one passes away, Cole & Mace is able to assist you with all matters related to the deceased’s estate. We will obtain a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration, assist with the distribution to the beneficiaries, coordinate the filing of the final taxes, and any other matter deemed necessary based on the assets of the deceased.

A Will or Last Will and Testament is a written document in which you set out how you want your assets to be distributed upon your death, who you want to manage your affairs, and who you want caring for your minor children. There are strict legal requirements to creating and executing a Will which Cole & Mace will help you navigate. If the legal requirements are not followed, the Will may be deemed invalid.

A Power of Attorney is a document wherein one person appoints another to act as their agent. Your attorney will be authorized to “step into your shoes” and manage your finances and property by conducting your banking, including signing cheques, making purchases and sales, filing your taxes, and carrying out any other business as may be necessary on your behalf.

Our Family

Peter J.E. Cole, Q.C

Peter has been practicing law in Altona and the surrounding area since January 1, 1977, and has been extensively involved with local organizations and charities such as the Chamber of Commerce and Blue Sky Opportunities.

He is a Life Bencher of the Law Society of Manitoba and continues to be actively involved in committee work. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1997.

Adam R. Mace
B.A., J.D.

Adam graduated from Robson Hall, the University of Manitoba’s Law School, in 2011 after having obtained an undergraduate Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec.

Adam stays involved in the community through his work on various boards, including the Chamber of Commerce and Police Board, and has been a coach at WC Miller.

Martha Janzen

Martha has been working with us since 1985 and currently serves the duel role of Office Manager and Legal Assistant for Corporate/Commercial matters.

Janet Hildebrand

Janet has been a Legal Assistant with us since 2005 and focuses primarily on Real Estate matters, including Farmland, Commercial Re-financing, and Subdivisions.

Milan Falk

Milan has been a Legal Assistant with us since 2015 and focuses primarily on Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Estate Administration and Planning, as well as documentation required for the transfer of windmill rights.

Celine Froese

Celine has been a Legal Assistant with us since 2015 and focuses primarily on Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Estate Administration and Planning.

Olivia Klippenstein

Olivia has been a Legal Assistant with us since 2019 and focuses primarily on Real Estate matters, including Residential and Commercial purchases and sales.