Portrait of lawyer Franchise Belzil

Françoise Belzil


Françoise is a highly respected legal practitioner with over thirty years of experience. She is dedicated to providing unparalleled legal expertise and strategic guidance to clients navigating complex legal disputes. She also offers mediation and arbitration services.
Françoise understands the impact that estate disputes can have on families and individuals. Whether she is handling a litigation matter or serving as a mediator or arbitrator, Françoise approaches each case with a meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to achieving favorable outcomes for her clients. Her depth of knowledge, honed through years of litigation experience and continuous professional development, allows her to offer innovative solutions and advice tailored to the unique needs and objectives of each individual client.

Outside of the legal arena, Françoise enjoys pursuing her passion for gardening. Currently working towards her Master Gardener certificate at Dalhousie University, Françoise finds joy and relaxation in cultivating plants and nurturing her garden.

Recent reported decisions in which Françoise was legal counsel include:

Nelson Estate 2013 ABQB 77, a case involving allocation of an estate between the spouse of a second marriage and a dependent adult of the first marriage

Lopushinsky Estate (Re) 2015 ABQB 63, upheld on appeal Holowaychuk v. Lopushinsky 2016 ABCA 102, a case where a beneficiary challenges to the administration of the Estate were largely dismissed and costs on a solicitor and client basis were awarded against the beneficiary

Berry Estate (Re) 2017 ABQB 77 – a case addressing the issue of executor compensation

From Estate (Re) 2019 ABQB 988 – a case where the validity of a will was successfully challenged on the basis the deceased was suffering from delusions

Chair Legal Education Society of Alberta “The Next Level: Elevating Your Practice in Estate Litigation (2024).

Professional Highlights

  • Presenter, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Contentious Matters in Will and Estates, “Capacity and Undue Influence: Diminished Will or True Intentions”, November 2018 (Edmonton and Calgary)
  • Presenter, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Refresher Wills and Estates (2022)
  • Sessional Instructor, University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, Judgment Enforcement Law (2004-2009)
  • Canadian Bar Association, Wills and Estates subsection (Alberta North), Canadian Bar Association, member of Executive
  • Canadian Bar Association, Alternate Dispute Resolution (Alberta North), member of Executive
  • Chair, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Estate Litigation Fundamentals seminar (Edmonton April 5, 2017, Calgary April 12, 2017)
  • Instructor, The Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) – Professional Responsibility
  • Instructor, The Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) – Oral Advocacy
  • Chair, Legal Education Society of Alberta, The Law of Damages, April 2018 (Edmonton and Calgary)
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