Michael carries on a practice in family law and estate litigation. His family law practice involves division of property, custody, access and support issues. His estate practice includes disputes that arise before and after death dealing with wills variation, committeeship applications and undue influence cases.
My practice in family law covers the full spectrum of files, from the preparation of cohabitation agreements while parties are together and amicable to files where the division of complex corporate holdings are at issue and files where parties have difficulty agreeing on support and parenting issues. The issue of support, like property division can be complicated by the intricacies of the law as well as tax issues and the corresponding effect on retirement and estate planning. More often, files like these take empathy and an ability to appreciate what my client is going through, standards I aspire to.
The issues I deal with in my estate litigation practice build on my expertise in family law. These files are often complicated by trusts, tax and high animosity. My approach is to zero in quickly to the central issues at hand to properly allocate the necessary resources to tackle them in a timely manner. Like family law, estate litigation requires not only a detailed and thorough knowledge of law and court procedure, but also an ability to steer clients through a difficult period in their lives.
I enjoy the inherent challenges posed by my work and the opportunity to provide innovative solutions for my clients. I think it is particularly important to have an open mind and listen to my client’s concerns and by taking that client-centered approach I find that I can achieve the best results. Ultimately, any case comes down to identifying established priorities and having a good strategy and I strive to assist my clients in developing both.
Outside the office I enjoy spending time with my family. Depending on the season I’m camping with my family, mountain biking, or skiing on one of the local hills.
- Bachelor of Laws, University of Alberta, 2006
- Bachelor of Arts (Sociology), University of Calgary, 2002
Called to the Alberta Bar, 2007 (inactive).
Called to the British Columbia Bar, 2010.
- Canada Bar Association – Family Law Subsection
- Kelowna Bar Association
- Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
- Elected member of the Canadian Bar Association Provincial Council
- Executive board member of the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia
- Member of RotaryNow
- Provides pro bono legal representation through Kelowna Community Resources
- Volunteer coach for the Vernon Ski Club
Michael's Areas of Practice:
It’s not uncommon for disputes to arise when loved ones lose the ability to make decisions on their own, or after they pass away.
Each of our litigation lawyers is experienced in addressing a variety of different issues and different dispute resolution processes.