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Heather Fisher - Partner


Heather has been practicing law since 2002 and became a partner with Horne Coupar in January 2007.  She practices primarily in the areas of estate and trust litigation, elder law including contested committeeship applications, estate and incapacity planning, and estate and trust administration.

Heather has extensive experience in dealing with all aspects of estate and trust litigation, including wills variation claims, challenges to validity of wills, breach of fiduciary duty, resulting trust actions, unjust enrichment, passing of accounts and dealing with problem executors or beneficiaries.

Heather is originally from Saint John, New Brunswick, with an undergraduate degree in music from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in music from the University of British Columbia.  She moved to Victoria in 1990 to join the Victoria Symphony as second bassoon.

From 1992 to 1994 Heather served on the Victoria Symphony Board of Directors and through her involvement as the musicians’ representative in contact negotiations and work place disputes developed an interest in law.

Subsequently, Heather pursued legal studies at the University of Victoria, receiving her law degree in 2001.  While in law school Heather was proud to receive the Scotia Trust – Donovan & Maryla Waters Award in Trusts and Estate Planning.  Heather is also the recipient of the Gold Standard of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Heather volunteers her time and expertise in the education of fellow lawyers.  She has been a contributor since 2009 to the Annual Review of Law & Practice, a publication of the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, as the author of the chapter Wills, Trusts, Estates and Adult Guardianship.  Since 2012 she has been a contributing author to the British Columbia Probate and Estate Administration Practice Manual, a further publication of the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. 

Heather also contributes to the community at large, serving on the boards of charitable organizations, including the Broadmead Care Society and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award British Columbia and Yukon Division.  She is presently on the board of the Pacific Opera Victoria Foundation, and is a trustee of the Egon Baumann Music Foundation.

When time allows, one may still find Heather on the concert stage performing with many Victoria music ensembles, including the Palm Court Light Orchestra.  In addition, she enjoys golfing, spending time in the garden, attending meetings of the Victoria Orchid Society, and the occasional game of Texas Hold'em poker.