Executors and beneficiaries turn to Peter when facing contentious claims involving issues such as:
• Interpretation of wills
• Dependant relief
• Executor compensation
• Removal of executors
• Challenges to gifts
• Will challenges
• Transfers of assets into joint names
Peter also handles power of attorney disputes, mental capacity litigation, adult guardianship proceedings and trusteeship issues. His clients vary widely, along with the size and type of the estate administration and planning issues they face. Many also have family businesses with cross-border operational issues requiring sophisticated succession planning strategies to ensure the seamless transition of business ownership and assets between generations.
Peter is working towards his designation as a Trust and Estate Practitioner through the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, an international body for professional advisors in the trust and estate administration field.
Value to Clients
Peter's estate litigation experience provides unique insight that enables him to prepare wills for clients without the unclear language and other avoidable mistakes that typically give rise to disputes down the road. Clients appreciate his role as a compassionate, trusted advisor while they are facing difficult and highly-emotional circumstances. When clients need advice or services outside his skill set, Peter connects them with other professionals within his extensive network who ensure every need is covered.
Outside the Office
Peter enjoys backcountry camping and hiking in the Alberta Rockies and studying languages. He is fluent in Serbian and Croatian, functional in French and is adding Tagalog to his repertoire.
2016 - Present
Chinook Learning Services
2015 - Present
Calgary Heritage Initiative Society
2011 - Present
Edmunds Estate, 2017 ABQB 754
Anderson Estate (Re), 2016 ABQB 683
Nelson Estate (Re), 2014 ABQB 765
Nelson Estate (Re), 2014 ABQB 413
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Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Wills and Trusts Section (South) Executive Member 2011-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Wills and Trusts Section (South) Member 2010-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Young Lawyers (South) Executive Member 2011-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Young Lawyers (South) Member 2010-Present
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Student Member 2013-Present