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  BA, LLB

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Stephanie Sieber, experienced wills, estates and probate lawyer in downtown, also  known as a small business development lawyer in Victoria dn Nanaimo

Stephanie Sieber
BA LLB


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BSc, LLB

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Michael O'Connor
BA LLB QC

Ken Gustafson, solicitor's practice includes wills-estates - CLICK FOR MORE INFO

Kenneth Gustafson
LLB

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Barri Marlatt
LL.B.

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Arbitration, Mediation, ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution ) Services available for assistance as an alternative to wills & estate litigation

Michael Mark, wills disputes, wills variation act, estate litigator,  lawyer wearing court robes in Victoria B.C. office

MICHAEL R. MARK, BA, LL.B.

Preferred areas of practice in civil litigation include:  estate litigation / wills disputes, personal injury, commercial disputes and Canada Revenue Agency tax evasion charges.

If you have been treated unfairly by a deceased parent or spouse under the terms of his or her will, consider obtaining the advice and assistance of an experienced estate litigation lawyer.  Wills can be varied by the court to ensure adequate, just and equitable provision for a spouse or child of the deceased.

Challenging Provisions of a Will
Litigation &Wills Disputes

A child or spouse of a person who dies leaving a will can challenge the provisions of will and seek a variation pursuant to the Wills, Estates and Succession Act (2014) .

The court will consider whether, in all of the circumstances, the deceased person (testator) made adequate provision for the claimant under the terms of the will.  The considerations are wide and varied, but they include the nature of the relationship between the testator and the claimant, the size of the estate, and the relative needs of the other beneficiaries to the will.

Claims must be made within 180 days from issuance of probate of the will. 

Probate is the process in which the executor of the will probates or proves the will to the court.  If a child or a spouse is not satisfied that the will makes adequate provision for him or her, legal advice ought to be obtained promptly so that legal action, if warranted, may be commenced in a timely way.

Michael Mark has extensive experience in both civil litigation and in criminal litigation as a former Federal prosecutor in complex tax evasion prosecutions. 

Michael Mark, wills disputes, wills variation act, estate litigator,  lawyer wearing court robes in Victoria B.C. office

Michael has practiced in Victoria since his admission to the Bar in 1991 and he became a principal at McConnan, Bion, O'Connor & Peterson Law Corporation in January 2000.  He is also a past executive member of the Victoria Bar Association.


Michael Mark, LLB - Estate Litigation / Wills Disputes Lawyer

McConnan Bion O'Connor Peterson Law Corp.
Suite #420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7
Phone  250-385-1383   
Toll free  1-888-385-1383
E-mail:  mmark@mcbop.com   Web Site:  McBOP.com
Street Map:  down town Victoria location near Court House



see also Representation Agreements vs Powers of Attorney



Patrick Bion offers wills and estates law services in addition to his general business-commercial law practice

PATRICK EDWARD BION
Business-Commercial Services Lawyer
B.A. (UVIC - 1970), LL.B. (UBC - 1973)

Patrick practises in the wills, estates, and estate planning areas.  He also has extensive experience in real estate development, complex commercial transactions, financing, incorporations and advising small business generally.

Patrick is one of the three founding principals of McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson and has practised with the firm since 1975.

McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson Law Corporation
Suite # 420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7
Phone:  250-385-1383    Toll free:  1-888-385-1383
Email Pat Bion:  pbion@mcbop.com
Web Site:  www.mcbop.com/corp/partners/bion.html
Street Map:  down town Victoria location near Court House


James S. Hutchison, Victoria lawyer for estate planning, wealth management, corporate-commercial  law,   Finance law / Intellectual Property Law

JAMES S. HUTCHISON, LL.B. Areas of Practice:  Corporate-Commercial Law, Finance and Intellectual Property, Wealth Management & Estate Planning.

"James practices primarily in the area of corporate commercial and real property law and has a diverse client base among Victoria's businesses.  Arising out of interest and his client's needs, James has also gained considerable knowledge in the areas of wealth management and estate planning."
[quoted originally fr. UVIC faculty of law Sessional, Visiting, Adjunct, Emeritus and Honorary Faculty bios 2006.06.29 ]

James S. Hutchison,
Hutchison Oss-Cech Marlatt,
Barristers & Solicitors
#1 - 505 Fisgard Street,
Victoria B.C. V8W 1R3
Phone:  (250) 360-2500
Toll Free:  1-866-887-4878
Profile on Lawyers-BC:  J.S. Hutchison
Web site:  HOM-Law.com Wills


Paul Scambler, QC - Victoria BC lawyer with preferred areas of practice in  real property transactions and wills & estates, probate  - CLICK FOR PROFILE

PAUL G. SCAMBLER, LLB. QC.

Preferred areas of practice:  secured transactions, wills and estates, trust administration and assistance with probate, real property and commercial mediation.

"Compassionate service with years of experience and professional competence" is how he is described by Victoria clients to www.lawyers-bc.com staff.

"Paul G. Scambler, QC, has practised law with the firm of Clay and Company in Victoria, Canada, since 1978. 

He has been a guest instructor for the Continuing Legal Education Society's Real Estate program in the Provincial Legal Training Course (PLTC).  He was designated as Queen's Counsel by the British Columbia Attorney General in 2001.  He has participated in training of lawyers in negotiation in Thailand (2002) and Cambodia (2001)."
[quote site 2005.07/06]

In 2005 he co-taught the UVIC Faculty of Law Real Property Transactions - Law 317 course from Sept. to Dec. 2005.
The course description includes "... Real property transactions form an important part of the commercial life of Canadian society.  For most people, their single most important financial transaction will be the purchase of their home and the financing of it.  For most businesses, purchasing land, leasing premises and financing by use of security on land is an important part of their operations.

..."
[quote from course description at >www.law.uvic.ca/Current_Students/
winter/317f01-2005description.htm 2005.05.11]
see also

Paul G. Scambler, QC
Clay & Company
P.O. Box 961 - 837 Burdett Avenue
Victoria, BC V8W 2S4
Telephone:  250 386-2261   E-mail:  pscambler@clay.bc.ca

see also Paul Scambler's work with Peace Makers Trust "...Peacemakers Trust is a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to research and education on conflict transformation and peacebuilding" at www.peacemakers.ca



Charlotte A. Salomon, wills & estates / litigation lawyer with background in real estate development - helps plan for your wealth management as  part of your estate planning

CHARLOTTE A. SALOMON
Wills Estates & Probate Lawyer
B.A. (York U. - 1992), LL.B (UVIC - 1995)
McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson Law Corp.

Charlotte was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1996, after articling with McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson.  Her preferred areas of practice are wills/estates and personal injury litigation. She also has experience in property matters, including real estate conveyance, foreclosure and expropriation. Charlotte currently is an elected member of the Canadian Bar Association Provincial Council for the Victoria county and is Chair of the CBA Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council of British Columbia.  In June 2012, she was appointed by a BC Legislature Order in Council to the board of directors of the British Columbia Assessment Authority.

Charlotte was the 2010 President of the Victoria Bar Association. She has also been the Chair of the BC CBA Civil Litigation Section for Vancouver Island and a member of the Audit Committee, Government Relations Committee and Court Services Committee of the BC CBA.

Charlotte Salomon, experienced in wills, esates planning and probate, in downtonw Victoria offices of www.mcbop.com

As well, Charlotte has also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Victoria Conservatory of Music and is interested in Federal politics, having been President of two Federal Riding Associations.

She has lectured on Wills and Estates, Civil Litigation, and Leadership issues.

Charlotte A. Salomon, Barrister & Solicitor
McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson Law Corp.
Suite # 420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7
Phone:  250-385-1383    Toll free:  1-888-385-1383
Web site: www.mcbop.com
Email:  csalomon@mcbop.com
Street Map:  down town Victoria location near Court House


Barri Marlatt, wills disputes / variation / litigation lawyer in downtown Victoria  with background in personal injury and brain injury ICBC claims disputes

Barri A. Marlatt, LLB

Wills disputes lawyer with Hutchison Oss-Cech Marlatt

  • Were you overlooked? 
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  • Was someone else unreasonably enriched? 
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Barri A. Marlatt,
Hutchison Oss-Cech Marlatt,
Barristers & Solicitors
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Victoria B.C. V8W 1R3
Phone:  (250) 360-2500
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Victoria BC Lawyers for Wills Estates & Trusts

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Representation   Agreements

Powers of Attorney

Wills Variation Litigation




KENNETH PAUL GUSTAFSON
LL.B. (UVIC - 1982)

He has a general solicitor practise advising individual and corporate clients on a full range of business matters, including construction law, collections, builders liens, wills, estates, real estate purchases and sales, and mortgages for both institutional and private lenders.

Ken was born in Victoria and after practising briefly in Prince George, joined McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson in 1983 and has been a principal of the firm since 1985.

Kenneth P. Gustafson
McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson Law Corp.
Suite # 420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7
Phone:  250-385-1383    Toll free:  1-888-385-1383
Email:  kgustafson@mcbop.com
Web Site:  www.mcbop.com/corp/partners/bion.html
Street Map:  down town Victoria location near Court House




Christian Hoy, Victoria wills estates and trusts and probate lwyer

CHRISTIAN HÖY
BSc. LLB.

Christian is a solicitor with McConnan Bion O’Connor and Peterson Law Corporation located in downtown Victoria.  He has a general solicitor practice advising and assisting clients with the following:

  • Estate planning, including the preparation of Wills, Power of Attorneys and Representation Agreements;
  • The Administration of estates - Probate, acting both as the executor and for the executor;
  • Assisting executors who are not local with the settling of Estates in and around Victoria, BC.  This can involve numerous steps including, but not limited to, preparing documents for the filing of Probate or the Grants of Letters of Administration, having a property prepared for sale, meeting with Realtors to list the property, meeting with accountants to prepare the taxes, advising the client on holdbacks and distributing assets to beneficiaries. Throughout the process Christian maintains constant contact with the client to provide advice and seek instructions;
  • The purchasing, financing and selling of both residential and commercial real estate; and
  • Corporate commercial matters including incorporation, reorganizations and share and asset sales and purchases.

Christian currently sits on the Board, as Treasurer, of the Wills, Estates and Trusts Section of the Canadian Bar Association and is also a member of the Commercial and Real Estate Section.

Please feel free to contact Christian at your convenience for a free consultation to discuss any solicitor related questions you may have.

Christian Höy, Barrister & Solicitor
McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson Law Corp.
Suite # 420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7
Phone:  250-385-1383
Toll free:  1-888-385-1383
E-mail: choy@mcbop.com
Web Site: www.mcbop.com/our-lawyers/christian-hoy





Stephanie Sieber, epxerienced wills, estates, trrusts and probate lawyer in downtown Victoria

STEPHANIE A. SIEBER
Hons. B.A. (Royal Military College - 1991)
LL.B. (Queen’s - 2000)
Clerkship at Supreme Court of British Columbia 2000-2001
Admitted to the BC Bar 2001

Stephanie has been with McConnan Bion O’Connor & Peterson since completion of her articles and became a principal of the firm in January 2006.

Stephanie’s practice is focused on Wills and estastes, real estate, advising small businesses on Vancouver Island and employment law.  Stephanie has litigation experience in commercial, employment, foreclosure and estate matters and strives to achieve the best results for her clients to reflect their unique circumstances.

Prior to her legal career, Stephanie attended the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston and served in the Canadian Forces for approximately nine years.  During that time she traveled extensively and served as a peacekeeper with the United Nations in Rwanda.

Stephanie is currently an active member of the Wills & Trusts, Commercial and Real Estate and Employment Law Sections of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch. As part of her commitment to the practice of law, Stephanie is frequently asked to give presentations to various business groups on Vancouver Island.

STEPHANIE A. SIEBER
McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson Law Corporation
Suite # 420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7
Phone:  250-385-1383    Toll free:  1-888-385-1383
Email Bruce McConnan:  ssieber@mcbop.com
Web Site:  http://www.mcbop.com/our-lawyers/stephanie-sieber



Alan Peterson,  Victoria  Victoria wills-estates , corporate, commercial real estate law and commercial financing, land use issues and construction law issues including small business  law

ALAN JEREMY PETERSON
Business-Commercial Law Lawyer
B.A. (UVIC - 1970), LL.B. (UBC - 1974), Admitted to the BC Bar 1975

RETIRED 2014

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Michael O'Connor, Queens Counsel - experienced in area  of  wills litiigation

MICHAEL JAMES O'CONNOR
B.A. (UVIC - 1971), LL.B. (UBC - 1974), Q.C. (Appointment - 2006)

Michael is a senior partner at McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson with preferred areas of practice which consist of all forms of civil litigation, with specialties in personal injury claims, estate litigation and foreclosure.

Michael currently chairs and is responsible for conducting hearings for 8 First Nations Assessment Review Boards throughout British Columbia. His practice also includes expropriation hearings, property tax assessment appeals, contract disputes, wills, estates and conveyancing.

Michael is the past chairman of the Victoria Hospital Foundation Board and chaired its highly successful "Together We Care" campaign raising $17 million for the hospitals on Southern Vancouver Island. He is currently the President of the Government House Foundation of British Columbia and the Past Commander of the Victoria Commandery of the Order of St. John.  Michael is Co Chair of the BC Paraplegic Association Spring Fundraiser in Victoria and Co Chair of the David Foster Foundation 25th Anniversary Gala. He has held several positions at the local, Provincial and National levels, including Vice president of the Canadian Rugby Union, President of the British Columbia Rugby Union and Chairman of Canada's First World Cup Rugby Team. Michael is the past vice chairman of the 1994 Commonwealth Games held in Victoria, BC.

Michael is also the recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2002, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for recognition of his outstanding Public Service in Canada and the recipient of the Vice-Regal Commendation for the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia in 2012 for commendable service rendered to the Lieutenant Governor.

Michael J. O'Connor
McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson Law Corporation
Suite # 420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7
Phone:  250-385-1383    Toll free:  1-888-385-1383
Email:  moconnor@mcbop.com
Web Site:  McBOP.com/corp/partners/oconnor.html


Street Map:  down town Victoria location near Court House

What Are Representation Agreements?
and
Powers of Attorney?

Michael Mark, wills disputes, wills variation act, estate litigator,  lawyer wearing court robes in Victoria B.C. office

This information is provided courtesy of the wills & estates lawyers at McBOP.com

Representation Agreements - Reference Info

  • Authorizes and empowers another person (your representative) to make health care and personal care decisions of you, including a decision regarding "life support"
  • Allows you to identify the type of health care and personal care decisions your representative can or cannot make
  • Allows you to specify under what circumstances or events the representative may exercise these powers
  • Permits a person under diminished capacity to empower a representative to make routine financial and health care decisions for that person
  • Can include provisions to appoint a monitor to ensure your representative carries out your health care and personal care wishes
  • Can include power to act in financial or legal matters, as if under a general power of attorney
  • Survives subsequent incapacity

Must be in a form that meets prescribed signing and witnessing requirements

Powers of Attorney - Reference Info

  • Permits adults to grant authority to another person (the "attorney") to act on legal or financial matters on behalf of the adult
  • Can be general or specific as to the legal and/or financial matters covered
  • Can be expressed to survive any subsequent mental infirmity (an "enduring power of attorney")
  • Can name more than one attorney, to act together, or provide for an alternate attorney
  • Is automatically revoked on the death of the grantor
  • Is a useful and popular estate planning and management tool
  • Avoids expensive applications to court to appoint someone (a "Committee") to act on your behalf in the event you are incapacitated
  • Does not extend to making health care or personal care decisions

Must be in a form that meets prescribed signing and witnessing requirements

Michael Mark, wills-disputes/ wills variation act litigation / civil litigation / estate litigation / personal injury  lawyer Victoria BC

Contact for more information on the above services.

MICHAEL MARK Mark, LLB - Estate Litigation / Wills Disputes Lawyer
McConnan Bion O'Connor Peterson Law Corp.
Suite #420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7
Phone  250-385-1383   
Toll free  1-888-385-1383
E-mail:  mmark@mcbop.com   Web Site:  McBOP.com
Street Map:  down town Victoria location near Court House










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