Françoise has been advising clients on civil litigation matters for over 25 years. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience. She is practical and pragmatic. Her focus is achieving resolution for the client by negotiation, mediation, arbitration and if necessary, court. Françoise’s current practice focuses on estate litigation including, power of attorney litigation, challenges to the validity of a will, contentious issues in estate administration, family maintenance and support applications on behalf of a spouse, an adult interdependent partner and dependent children, and executor duties, accounting and compensation

Françoise also does commercial litigation, including foreclosures, commercial tenancy disputes, general contractual disputes.

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

Professional Highlights

  • 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
  • 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
  • Presenter, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Contentious Matters in Will and Estates, “Capacity and Undue Unfluence: Diminished Will or True Intentions”, November 2018 (Edmonton and Calgary)
  • Chair, Legal Education Society of Alberta, The Law of Damages, April 2018 (Edmonton and Calgary)

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