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Westcoast Wills & Estates

Our Lawyers and Firm

About The Firm

playcard-key-tag-color-webLocated in the heart of beautiful North Vancouver, the firm is committed to community, family and bettering our society. Recognizing that an active lifestyle contributes to all of these values, Westcoast Wills & Estates is proud to be a North Vancouver Rec Centre Playcard sponsor. Further to the goal of bettering society, Westcoast donates 3% of all purchases to charity and thrives to limit its environmental impact.

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. in 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.

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 is also a board member of the Marineview Housing Society and sits on an advisory panel for the BC Cancer Agency.  He regularly attends continuing education courses and presents publicly on trusts and estate planning.

In his spare time, Mike plays soccer, hikes and snowshoes on the North Shore mountains and spends time with his family.

Ka Won Cheung

Ka Won Cheung

Associate Counsel - Lawyer

Ka Won was born and raised in Vancouver. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia and earned her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Leicester in England in 2011.

Before joining Westcoast Wills, Ka Won worked in family law, wills and estates law and litigation at several boutique firms in Vancouver and at Access Pro Bono Society of BC.  Ka Won advises on all aspects of estate planning, including the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and representation agreements. As a practicing lawyer, Ka Won is member of the Law Society of British Columbia and a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Wills & Trusts and Elder Law subsections. She regularly attends continuing legal education courses on estate planning and regularly gives public presentations on wills and estate planning with the BC Centre for Elder & Advocacy Support.  English is Ka Won’s first language but she is also fluent in Cantonese and speaks basic Mandarin.

In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, crocheting, and soap-making. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Jean-Ann Duncan

Jean-Ann Duncan

Office Manager

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.

Saffron Hughes

Saffron Hughes

Office Assistant

Saffron was born in North Vancouver and grew up in the lower mainland. She moved to Vancouver in 2011 and is currently attending Capilano University for her degree in Paralegal Studies.

Prior to her acceptance at Capilano, Saffron completed her associate of arts and science degree in Peace and Conflict studies at Langara College. She hopes to continue her post secondary education in the future by obtaining a masters degree in Restorative Justice. Before joining Westcoast Wills, Saffron worked as an office assistant and managed the vault for a large warehouse store.

In her spare time, Saffron spends time hiking with her dog, playing the saxophone, reading, and writing.