Crista has assisted numerous small business owners with succession planning issues relating to family held businesses. She appreciates both the financial and personal decisions involved in transitioning a family business and can assist you through the process in a proactive and thoughtful manner.
Crista's commercial litigation practice focuses on contractual disputes and creditor rights. Crista advises institutional lenders and trustees in bankruptcy on their legal rights. Crista has developed a practice in assisting trustees in bankruptcy when family claims interact with the bankruptcy proceedings.
•Assists spouses and other dependants who have not received proper support from the estate.
•Involved in claims against executors and trustees who are alleged to have mismanaged estate/trust assets.
•Litigation regarding the amount of executor/trustee compensation.
•Applications to remove executors/trustees.
•Applications to vary the terms of a trust.
•Tracing estate property.
•Matters that involve disputes over testamentary capacity.
Estate Administration and Estate Planning
•Filing probate and administration applications.
•Advises on executor obligations, including accounting and sale of assets.
•Guides executors when estates are disputed, including when caveats are placed against the estate.
•Advises on estate obligations to creditors.
•Drafting all estate documents, including wills, personal directives, enduring powers of attorney and trusts in a personalized and tax efficient manner.
•Experience advising trustees in bankruptcy when matrimonial property claims are made against the estate.
•Involved in numerous contractual disputes, including home owner disputes.
•Obtained injunctive relief for clients.
•Demonstrated ability to progress claims in a timely manner through the court process.
Presentations & Publications
•“Trustee Powers and Duties”, LESA Lake Louise Refresher, Wills and Estates
•“Trustee Powers and Duties”, CBA Pension Subsection
•“Wills Week”, Presenter, Edmonton Community Foundation
•“Estate Planning”, Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton
•“Estate Planning”, Edmonton Community Legal Centre
•“Will Drafting”, Instructor, Metro Continuing Education
•“Being an Executor/Personal Representative”, Instructor, Metro Continuing Education
•“Power of the Trust”, LESA Lake Louise Refresher, Wills and Estates, 2015
Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities
•Member, Edmonton Bar Association
•Wills and Estates Section
•Civil Litigation Section
•Board Member, Heart & Stroke Foundation
•Board Member, Fringe Theatre Adventures
•Board Member, Edmonton Friar's