Patrice became a partner with Horne Coupar in 2013, and has a wide-ranging litigation practice with emphasis in both challenging and defending estate disputes, including wills, disinheritances, or probate matters. She also deals with incapacity issues and adult guardianship.
In addition, her litigation practice is rounded out with ICBC claims (including brain injury claims), employment matters, construction, real property and contract disputes.
Patrice joined Horne Coupar in 2008, further solidifying Horne Coupar’s reputation for excellence in both the courtroom and in the boardroom. Patrice developed a passion for litigation early in her career. Patrice has conducted Supreme Court trials and successfully defended her decisions in the Court of Appeal. Although she has a great deal of court experience, Patrice also recognizes that most disputes are best resolved outside of the courtroom, either by negotiation or mediation. Patrice believes that an out-of-court resolution is often the most sensible way to resolve differences.
Patrice has served on the executive of the Wills, Estates and Trusts section of the BC Canadian Bar Association, serving as its chair and holding other executive positions from 2011 to 2016. She has presented at provincial professional development conferences for her colleagues, sharing her depth of knowledge with respect to Wills Variation claims and other probate actions. Patrice is also a mentor for younger lawyers, and volunteers her time to assist University of Victoria law students with their legal studies.
LLB, University of Alberta, 2002