Trusts provide a flexible planning tool for a wide range of needs, including wealth transfers, protection of disabled beneficiaries, providing for family and charitable organizations, and tax and business succession planning. Ensuring that the trust meets a client's needs and goals demands expertise in this complex area. The lawyers at Horne Coupar have an exceptional depth of experience in all aspects of trust law. They will be able to guide you to the best type of trust for your needs, whether it be a family trust, alter ego or joint partner trust, a disability trust (also called a “Henson trust”), and a variety of testamentary trusts.
Our senior associate counsel, Dr. Donovan Waters Q.C., is an internationally recognized trust practitioner who speaks at trust symposiums worldwide. His book, The Law of Trusts in Canada, is the seminal work in the field frequently cited in commonwealth courts. Among many awards, Dr. Waters received the first lifetime achievement award from the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners.
Partner Mark Horne Q.C. is both a fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Council and an academician in the International Academy of Estates and Trust Law. He held the first Fellowship in Equity, Trusts & Fiduciary Relationships at the University of Victoria Law School.
Partner Fiona Hunter has a Masters of Law in the area of trusts, and has been recognized by the Supreme Court of B.C. as an expert in the area of trust law. She is the author of Drafting Trusts and Will Trusts in Canada, now in its third edition with a fourth scheduled for release in 2016. Fiona is a frequent presenter at conferences and symposiums, and is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners.
The combined expertise of Donovan, Mark and Fiona ensure that Horne Coupar's clients have the right advice and the necessary documents to implement a wide range of trust planning.