We are passionate about what we do.
Estate Law involves the practice of preparing wills and trusts, enduring powers of attorney and personal directives, administering estates and resolving differences and conflicts regarding estates. Anne de Villars and Lois MacLean lead the firm’s practice in this area, and are well-respected practitioners of estate law,. For the past 20 years, Anne has been a member of the board of the Alberta Law Reform Institute where she has worked on reforming Alberta succession law.
The lawyers in our estate law practice can give you the means to ensure your wishes for the future – regarding your estate and your own care – are met, even when you’re no longer able to see to it personally.
We help you use estate planning tools such as wills, enduring powers of attorney, personal directives, and trusts to structure what will happen with your estate and your personal care.
Ultimately, estate planning is about peace of mind. It gives you the ability to make provisions for your loved ones when you are no longer able to do so, and the confidence to know your wishes will be carried out.
Dealing with an estate is a large responsibility—often far more than a person imagines when agreeing to be an executor. This is made more difficult because the need usually arises when people are also coping with the loss of a loved one. de Villars Jones will guide you through the many requirements of dealing with the surrogate court, the tax department, banks, creditors, government, beneficiaries, and others.
Business Law involves creating business structures (corporations, partnerships, trusts, sole proprietorships) and all aspects of the legal relationships between a business and its clients, suppliers, owners and tax authorities. This area of law frequently requires lawyers to work in conjunction with the clients’ accountants and other advisors, which de Villars Jones is pleased to do.
Conveyancing & Real Property Law
Real Property Law involves anything to do with land and buildings. The most common transactions include buying, selling, renting or transmitting property—sometimes called conveyancing. de Villars Jones provides a full range of real property services.