Westcoast Wills & Estates

Westcoast Wills & Estates

North Vancouver Wills Lawyer

About The Firm

 

Probate law firmOur head office is located in the heart of beautiful North Vancouver; we also have two satellite offices: one in downtown Squamish and one located close to West Broadway and Granville in Vancouver.  Our law firm is committed to community, family and bettering our society. Further to the goal of bettering society, Westcoast donates 3% of all purchases to charity and thrives to limit its environmental impact.  Our estate planning and probate lawyers also present publicly on the subject throughout the year.  See our upcoming events by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

Katrina Yaworsky

Katrina Yaworsky

Lawyer

Katrina was born and raised in West Vancouver.  She attended Caulfeild Elementary and Rockridge Secondary schools.  She earned a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from UBC’s Sauder School of Business in 2011 and received her Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Dalhousie University, in Halifax, in 2014.

While attending law school, Katrina gained experience with the UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, a non-profit society that provides pro bono legal advice and representation.  To complement her academics, Katrina volunteered as a pro bono legal assistant for the Provincial Autism Centre. Currently, Katrina is an executive committee member of YES! Vancouver, a philanthropic group that fundraises for Dress for Success Vancouver.  

Prior to joining Westcoast Wills & Estates, Katrina worked at a downtown law firm in the areas of corporate/commercial law, real estate, and wills and estates law.  Katrina’s current practice focuses on business law and estate planning and administration. Katrina works with clients who are estate planning, applying for grant of probate, incorporating companies, entering into shareholder or partnership agreements, and implementing corporate reorganizations.  

Katrina enjoys reading fiction and experiencing diverse cultures through traveling.  Katrina’s love of traveling encouraged her to study commerce abroad in Milan, Italy at the Università Bocconi and to study law in Lund, Sweden at Lund University.

Andrea Price

Andrea Price

Lawyer

Originally from Montreal, Andrea completed her BA from McGill University, including a year at Université d’Aix-Marseille (France), and she earned her law degree from the University of Ottawa. She moved to Vancouver in May 1993 and was called to the British Columbia Bar the following year.

Andrea’s legal career has covered a range of practices, including tax, entertainment and environmental law. She also has extensive experience in sustainability leadership, with a focus on greenhouse gas mitigation. She is fluent in French and speaks conversational Spanish and German.

Andrea helps people prepare their estate and incapacity planning, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney and healthcare representation agreements. She also works with executors to obtain grants of probate and distribute estate assets. She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association’s Wills & Trusts and Elder Law subsections and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners of Canada.

Andrea lives in North Vancouver with her husband, two teenage sons and an energetic dog. She enjoys hiking and travelling with her family, doing pottery and volunteering with a local environmental charity.

Aron Chitsaz

Aron Chitsaz

Lawyer

Aron grew up in Kamloops. He moved to Vancouver in September 2012 and completed a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from the Sauder School of Business at UBC. He also attended law school at UBC and took part in the Business Law Clinic, in which he gained experience working with start-ups and non-profits. Aron graduated from law school in May 2019.

Prior to joining Westcoast Wills & Estates, Aron worked in a boutique litigation firm where he primarily practiced personal injury and estate litigation. He has represented clients at the Supreme Court of Canada, advocating for fair compensation both inside and outside of the courtroom. Aron now assists clients with estate planning, including wills, powers of attorney, and trusts. He also routinely assists executors and applies for grants of probate.

In his spare time, Aron enjoys cooking, playing guitar, exploring Vancouver’s restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.

Kirsten Wharton

Kirsten Wharton

Associate Counsel - Lawyer

Kirsten was born and raised in Vancouver. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia in 2004 and received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Victoria in 2008.

During law school, Kirsten worked at the Canadian Centre for Elder Law Studies assisting with law reform research on legal issues affecting older adults.  After graduating, she practiced for seven years with a prominent law firm in White Rock, advising individuals in the areas of wills, estates and trusts, real estate law and family law. Kirsten regularly advises on all aspects of estate planning and incapacity planning, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, representation agreements for healthcare, committeeship applications, and other tools to minimize taxes on death and to effectively provide for beneficiaries. She also advises executors and administrators on probate and estate administration.  Since 2015, Kirsten has acted as an instructor for the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. teaching other lawyers about the areas of Will drafting, estate planning and estate administration. She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association’s Wills & Trusts and Elder Law subsections.

In her spare time, Kirsten enjoys travelling, cooking, exploring the west coast mountains, and spending time with family and friends in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.

Aimée Ares

Aimée Ares

Lawyer

Aimee was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She moved to the BC interior as a teenager and slowly made her way west to settle in Vancouver. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Trinity Western University in 2013 and received her Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Alberta in 2018.

Prior to attending law school, Aimee managed a local coffee roastery where she gained extensive experience in customer service and management. During law school she volunteered with Student Legal Services and Pro Bono Students Canada, assisting low income individuals with access to justice. She also interned with a legal aid immigration lawyer, where she assisted with immigration and refugee matters. After obtaining her JD, Aimee continued to work with Legal Aid by providing free legal consultations at a local senior center.

Before joining Westcoast Wills & Estates, Aimee worked in the areas of corporate/commercial law, real estate, and estate planning. She enjoys working closely with people to solve tangible issues, which led her to a career in estate planning. She joined Westcoast Wills and Estates in 2019, where she assists clients with wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and representation agreements.  She also assists executors with probate and related matters.

In her spare time, Aimee enjoys hiking and camping on the North Shore and in Squamish, traveling, cycling, drinking coffee, and spending time with friends.

Mike Beishuizen

Mike Beishuizen

Lawyer

Mike was born and raised in North Vancouver. He attended Ross Road Elementary and Argyle Secondary in Lynn Valley. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UBC prior to earning his Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie Law School in Halifax in 2006.

Before and during law school, he worked at a credit union in North Vancouver. Following law school, he worked in the areas of estate administration, environmental law and corporate law in Vancouver. He has always had a passion for wills and estate planning law; and as a consequence, he founded Westcoast Wills & Estates. He regularly advises clients on estate planning and prepares Wills, Trusts, Representation Agreements and Powers of Attorney. He also advises and helps clients apply to court for probate and committeeship orders.  A practicing lawyer, Mike is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association’s Wills & Trusts and Elder Law subsections. He has earned the TEP designation as a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP Canada).  He is also a past board member of the Marineview Housing Society and sat on an advisory panel for the BC Cancer Agency.  He regularly attends continuing education courses and frequently presents publicly on trusts and estate planning for financial institutions, charities and educational institutions around Vancouver.

In his spare time, Mike helps coaching soccer and baseball as well as hiking and camping on local mountains with his family.

Jean-Ann

Jean-Ann

Estate Administrator

Jean-Ann moved to Vancouver over 25 years ago and she worked as an Administrative Assistant in two large accounting firms. Jean-Ann always had a love of law and decided to leave the work force and attend Capilano University where she obtained her Legal Adminstrative Certificate.

Upon completion of the program, she worked for the law firm, Borden, Ladner, Gervais as a legal assistant, managing the administrative needs of two partners.   After 7 years with BLG, she decided to stay at home and raise her two young children. Now that they’re grown up, she joined the team at Westcoast Wills & Estates as office manager.

In her spare time, Jean-Ann loves to cycle, attend Crossfit classes and relax with yoga. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Kristi

Kristi

Office Manager

Kristi was born and raised in North Vancouver. She attended Carisbrooke Elementary, Balmoral Junior Secondary and Carson Graham Secondary. After completing high school, she received a soccer scholarship to Capilano University where she went on to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2015. In 2018 she studied Graphic Design at BCIT and earned her associates certificate.

During her time at Capilano University, Kristi worked closely with the public at Grouse Mountain.  She later decided that she wanted to work helping others in an office setting. For several years, she worked as a receptionist at the Labour Relations Board before joining the team at Westcoast Wills & Estates.

In her spare time Kristi enjoys playing soccer, hiking the local mountains with her two huskies and traveling. She also enjoys spending time with her loved ones.

Tray

Tray

Writer

Tray was born and raised in Vancouver. They graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English Literature in 2017.

During their time at UBC, Tray spent their summers teaching creative technology to children and teens in the lower mainland. Prior to joining Westcoast Wills & Estates, they worked in customer service and provided office services for various law firms in Vancouver.

Tray spends their free time volunteering, making comics, collecting stickers, and spending time with loved ones.

Alex

Alex

Assistant

Alex was born and raised in Vancouver. He attended False Creek Elementary School and Kitsilano Secondary School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 2016, where he studied English with an emphasis on language.

Before joining Westcoast Wills & Estates, Alex has worked as an English studies teaching assistant and as an accounting assistant for three years.

In his spare time, Alex enjoys reading, cooking, bouldering, and spending time with family and friends.

Stevie

Stevie

Assistant

Stevie was born and raised in East Kilbride, Scotland. He attended the University of Stirling, where he earned a Diploma of Higher Education in Business Management and Sport Studies.

Upon completion of the program, he moved to Australia then New Zealand where he worked as an administrative assistant. After which, he travelled through South-East Asia teaching English.

In his spare time, Stevie loves fishing and spending time with his friends.

Charlotte

Charlotte

Assistant

Charlotte was born and raised in South Africa, and spent her teenage years in the United Kingdom. She graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Film & Media Studies in 2012.

While at university, Charlotte oversaw operations of the Manchester Metropolitan University Freestyle Snow Sports team. Since graduation, Charlotte has immersed herself in new cultures and experiences living in France, New Zealand, and Australia before settling in Canada in 2015.

Charlotte has a passion for animals and the outdoors; in her free time she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, camping, and volunteering at local animal shelters.

Jeremy

Jeremy

Paralegal

Jeremy was an experienced wills and estates lawyer.  He recently went back to university for his second masters in law degree.  He is helping support our staff with his wealth of knowledge while he is in school.