Chair

Emma A. McArthur, Lawyer, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Victoria, BC. Emma focuses her practice on estate planning, estate administration, incapacity planning and special purpose trusts. Emma develops and implements estate and tax planning strategies for individuals through the use of wills, powers of attorney, representation agreements for health care, co-ownership agreements and inter vivos trust documents. Emma also acts as counsel to trust companies and other financial institutions on related matters. Emma is Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Wills and Trusts – Vancouver section. She has taught estate planning to lawyers in training at the Professional Legal Training Course and presents regularly at continuing education conferences for lawyers, accountants and financial planning professionals. Emma has been listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada directory under Trusts and Estates since 2015 and has a BV Distinguished peer-review rating from LexisNexis – Martindale-Hubbell.

   

Faculty

Tara Britnell, Partner, Hamilton Duncan Armstrong + Stewart Law Corporation, Surrey, BC. Ms. Britnell practises in the area of estate and trust litigation, including undue influence and incapacity claims, adult guardianship, wills variation, contentious estate administrations, variation and construction of trusts, and elder law issues. Ms. Britnell’s clients include executors, trustees, beneficiaries, people disappointed in a will and those concerned about elder financial abuse. Ms. Britnell practised commercial litigation in Vancouver until joining Hamilton Duncan in 2001. She has litigated at all levels of the court system and has extensive experience as counsel at mediations.

   

Barbara Janzen, Associate Counsel, Hamilton Duncan Armstrong + Stewart Law Corporation, Surrey, BC. Barbara practises in all areas of estate administration, including informing executors and trustees of their duties and powers, obtaining representation grants, and dealing with multi-jurisdictional issues, such as non-Canadian beneficiaries, foreign assets and conflicts of law. She also assists her clients by crafting estate plans which meet their unique circumstances, including the preparation of wills, powers of attorney, representation agreements for health care, and inter vivos trusts. Barbara is a Past Chair of the Vancouver Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and has been recognized by Lexpert as repeatedly recommended in the area of Estate and Tax Planning.

   

Roger Lee, Partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, Vancouver, BC. Since his call to the bar, Roger has developed an extensive practice in trust and estate litigation. He assists individuals with respect to their rights under the governing legislation, as well as issues relating to the validity of wills. He also advises corporate and individual trustees, as well as personal representatives, of their legal obligations and duties on a regular basis, and also acts for beneficiaries who question the actions of the trustees of their particular trusts. Roger has appeared as counsel before all levels of provincial courts, including the provincial family, small claims, and criminal courts, the British Columbia Supreme Court, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, and the Queen’s Bench of Saskatchewan. Roger is a frequent speaker on topics associated with estate litigation. He has been listed in the The Best Lawyers in Canada directory under Trusts and Estates (Litigation) since 2006, and is recognized by Lexpert and Benchmark Canada as a leading practitioner in the field of estate and trust litigation.

   

Jeffrey Locke, Lawyer, McLellan Herbert, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Locke has been an adjunct professor with the University of British Columbia law school since 2011. He has also acted as a supervising lawyer for the legal research program at Thompson Rivers University law school and a supervising lawyer for the co-op program at the University of Victoria law school. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association committee and a former contributor to the Continuing Legal Education’s Annual Review of Law and Practice.

   

Helen Low, Q.C., Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver, BC. Helen Low practises primarily in the areas of wills, estates and trusts litigation, estate administration and estate dispute resolution, with some incapacity, estate and business succession planning to avoid future disputes. She has been counsel on various estate-related litigation proceedings, including wills variation claims, proof of will claims, trust and unjust enrichment claims and abuse of powers of attorney/trustee actions, committeeships and capacity challenges. Helen advises executors and administrators on estate and trust administration, including contentious court proceedings in relation to same. Helen currently is a regular presenter at continuing education seminars in estate law and contributes to the Estate British Columbia Probate & Estate Administration Practice Manual (Wills Variation chapter) and the Annotated Estates Practice (Trust & Settlement Variation Act and Trustee Act chapters). She served as a member of the Estate Administration Committee for the Succession Law Reform Project. Helen has been recognized in her area of practice by Martindale Hubbell, Best Lawyers in Canada and Lexpert.

   

Mark Slay, Partner, North Shore Law LLP, North Vancouver, BC. Mark is a graduate of the University of Victoria law school and was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1984. Mark’s practice is primarily in the areas of family and estate litigation. Mark has appeared at all levels of court in the province. Mark has been active in both the CBA BC and local bar association organizations. Outside of the law Mark is known as a regular participant in the Battle of the Bar Bands, The Lawyer Show and is a drummer in classic rock bands. He is also a closet Elvis impersonator.