Yolanda S. Van Wachem

Yolanda S. Van Wachem: Attorney with McLennan Ross LLP

Biography

Yolanda has a wide variety of experience and expertise in wills and estates, family law and administrative law. Her practice provides services in the areas of estate planning and estate litigation, dependent adult matters, divorce, matrimonial property, custody disputes, child welfare, private adoption, pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and post-separation matrimonial property agreements.

Yolanda also has experience in the area of professional liability and advising health-focused professional associations. She is counsel for the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association, and has acted on behalf of the Children's Guardian and the Director of Maintenance Enforcement.

Yolanda has appeared before every level of court in Alberta throughout her years of practice. She also recognizes the benefit of resolving matters consensually through informal and formal methods of dispute resolution and has participated in alternative methods such as Judicial Dispute Resolution and mediation, as well as through the collaborative process.

Awards and Recognition:

•BV Distinguished Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Community and Volunteer Activities:

•Ambassador, Art Gallery of Alberta (Fundraising)
•Member, Alberta Cancer Board's Planned Giving Committee
•Board of Directors, Alberta Craft Counsel
•Board of Directors, Alberta Hospital Edmonton Foundation
•President, Babar's Children's Society
•Board of Directors, CASA (Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Foundation)
•Volunteer, Edmonton Community Legal Centre
•Volunteer, Adoption Options and Catholic Social Services
•Mentor, CBA Mentorship Program

Experience

•Counsel for the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association plus individual nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and pharmacists
•Acted on behalf of the Children's Guardian and the Director of Maintenance Enforcement

Presentations & Publications

Publications:
Yolanda has prepared papers for her various presentations for STEP and the Prairie Provinces Tax Conference. She is published in the Canadian Family Law Quarterly and also contributed a chapter to the LESA Estate Administration Handbook.

Presentations:
Yolanda has considerable experience as a writer and speaker and is often called upon to make presentations for the legal community and other community organizations, including the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), the Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA, and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). She also regularly speaks at conferences, and has presented at the Federation of Law Societies National Family Law program.

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Health
  • Wills & Estates

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780.482.9225  Phone
www.mross.com
University Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Arts, with distinction and First Class Honours, 1978
Law School Attended:
University of Saskatchewan, Bachelor of Laws, 1983
Year of First admission:
1984
Admission:
1984, Alberta
Memberships:

Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities:

•Member, Canadian Bar Association
•Health Section
•Wills & Trusts Section
•Family Section
•Executive Member, The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
•Member, Estate Planning Counsel

Languages:
Dutch
ISLN:
901846516

Peer Reviews

  • 4.4/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

Client Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (1)
  • 100% (1)
  • Communication

    5.0/5.0
  • Responsiveness

    5.0/5.0
  • Quality of Service

    5.0/5.0
  • Value for Money

    5.0/5.0
  • Yolanda S. Van Wachem

    5.0/5.0 on 12/29/09 on 12/29/09

    I was impressed by Yolanda's ethics and direct communication style. Her knowledge was impressive and her commitment to me as a client reassuring.

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    I was impressed by Yolanda's ethics and direct communication style. Her knowledge was impressive and her commitment to me as a client reassuring.

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Edmonton, Alberta

  • Edmonton, AB
    600 McLennan Ross Building , 12220 Stony Plain Road
    Edmonton, AB T5N 3Y4
     Canada

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