Anne S. de Villars, Q.C. is well-known for her expertise and thoughtful approach in all areas of estate law.
Anne co-founded de Villars Jones in 1988. She works with clients in all areas of estate law including estate planning through wills, powers of attorney, personal directives, and trusts; estate administration; and estate mediation and litigation. Arising out of her long-time passion to protect the historic and residential character of her own community (The Garneau), Anne also became involved in municipal planning law.
In addition to being a wise and compassionate legal advisor to her clients, Anne is also recognized for her scholarly work. She is co-author of Jones & de Villars’ Principles of Administrative Law (6th edition 2014), and co-editor of the Administrative Law Reports. She is co-editor of the Annotated Surrogate Rules, wrote the Legal Education Society of Alberta’s Wills Fundamentals, and is currently president of the Collaborative Estates and Trusts Lawyers Society.
Anne was the co-recipient of the 2009 Medal from the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals for contributions to Canadian administrative law, as well as the recipient of the Law Society of Alberta and Canadian Bar Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession.
Anne sits on the board of the Alberta Law Reform Institute where she has particularly worked for the last 20 years on reforming Alberta’s succession law. She is the long-time chair of The Garneau Community League’s Planning Committee, and sings in her church choir.