MARY-JANE WILSON
B.A., LL.B

Partner


Mary-Jane Wilson has practiced in the area of real estate and estate planning since 1987. Self Counsel Press published her book “British Columbia Probate Kit” in 2011. The book contains everything you need to probate or administer an estate in B.C. She is the recipient of the Surrey Board of Trade "Women in Business" award in the Professional category for 2013. Mary-Jane instructs articling students on wills and estates at the B.C. Law Society’s Professional Legal Training Course and also teaches notary students the law of contracts at the B.C. notaries practical training program.   She is a frequent speaker at the Continuing Legal Education (CLEBC) Society of British Columbia on real estate matter.

Mary-Jane chaired the Residential Real Estate Conference sponsored by CLE and the B.C branch of the Canadian Bar Association from 2008 - 2012. She works closely with her assistant of many years, Alena Walters.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Real Estate and Financing
  • Estate administration and Probate
  • Estate Planning
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Representation Agreements
  • Appointment of Committees

EDUCATION

PRESS

PUBLICATIONS

  • Law Society Practice Checklist Manual (contributor)
    • Mortgage Procedure
    • Residential conveyance procedure
  • CLEBC
    • Practice Checklist Manual - 2008 Edition
    • Conveyancing for Legal Support Staff: Advanced Issues
    • Conveyancing Deskbook - 2008 Update
    • Conveyancing Deskbook - 2007 Update
    • Conveyancing Deskbook - 2006 Update
    • Conveyancing Deskbook - 2005 Update
  • Easy Living Magazine
    • Author: Estate Planning and Probate – What is it?
    • Author: 10 Reasons to Make a Will
    • Author: Why you need a Power of Attorney
  • Successful Senior Magazine
    • Author: Planning your Will
    • Author: Common Law Quandry on Death
  • Self Counsel Press
    • British Columbia Probate Kit
  • TV Week Magazine
    • Author: Take Care – Your Will can be Challenged
    • Author: Settling an estate can be complicated
    • Author: Why its not a good idea to write your own will
  • The Now Newspaper (Surrey)
    • Not all Wills require probate
    • We may not want to think about this, but we don’t live forever
    • Planned giving can reduce your tax liability
    • Don’t forget the tax man when you’re drafting your will
    • Time spent talking about your will now is time well spent
    • Can you really get a deal on a foreclosure?
    • Check this list before you agree to be an executor
    • Living wills guide care in life
    • Have you prepared for your children’s future
    • Executor should be someone you trust
    • This is what probating a will involves
    • There are two types of first-time home buyers – do you qualify?
    • Power of Attorney - Be prepared at any age
    • Executor’s responsibility not to be taken lightly
    • Power of Attorney – Choose someone you trust
    • Committeeship may be your only option
    • Who will mind your money when you can’t
    • Make a New Year’s Resolution to talk about money with family
    • Planning a Will is time well spent
    • Don’t share property without the paperwork
    • Settling an estate can be complicated
    • Survivors pay the consequences when you don’t have a Will
    • Making sure you have a Will – then keep it up to date
    • Don’t cut corners with your Will
    • Your will can be challenged
    • Estate planning essential
    • Testamentary trust helps your beneficiaries manage your money
    • Avoid probate fees with trust accounts
    • Don’t let leaks sink condo purchase
    • Separated? Time to revise your Will now
    • Be prepared, at any age
    • Common-law couples should consider a Will
    • Pros and Cons of joint tenancy arrangements
    • Don’t let your Will expire before you do
    • Have the will to make a Will
    • Survey says: Try to avoid family feud
    • Legal fees are a bargain
    • Tax help for buying a first home
    • Saving money has its costs
    • Only certain Buyer qualify for savings
    • How to prove probate
    • See if you qualify for a tax break
    • The essential estate plan
    • Take Care – your Will can be Challenged
    • Where there’s a will, there a way to meet your last wishes
    • What happens if you die without a will?
    • Changes in store for Powers of Attorney
    • Who will mind your money when you can’t
    • A will is just one part of your estate planning
    • Planning will a continuing process
    • Where there’s a will, there’s a way to meet your last wishes
    • Don’t get soaked buying a condominium
    • Principles of probate
    • Most executors unprepared for the task
  • BC Catholic

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

  • CLEBC - Residential Real Estate Conference (2008-2012) Chair
  • CLEBC - Advanced Conveyancing Topics for Legal Support Staff (2006) (2009)
  • CLEBC - Conceyancing for Legal Support Staff (2005)
  • CLEBC - Conceyancing for Legal Support Staff (2003)
  • CLEBC - Residential Conveyancing Fundamentals for LSS (2008)
  • CLEBC - Conceyancing for Legal Support Staff (2002)
  • CLEBC - Real Estate Law Practice Area Advisory Committee (2001)
  • Peoples Law School – numerous seminars
  • Dominion Securities Women Entrepreneurs Conference 2003 – Will and Estate Planning aboard the Coral Princess
    • Host: Debbie Labee, Investment Advisor
  • Dundee Securities Corporation
    • Host: Sukhi Josh, Investment Advisor
    • Host Gordon Mason, investment advisor
  • Women Wealth & Wisdom (May, 2008) CIBC Wood Gundy aboard the Island Pricess
    • Wills - Organizing your affairs
    • Host: Sandra Dyck and Jas Salh, Investment Advisors
  • CBABC law week - Volunteer, free law classes

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES/MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC), Real Property Section, Wills and Trusts Section
  • Member of the Surrey Bar Association
  • Past director of the Surrey Board of Trade
  • Past President of the Fraser Valley Estate Planning Council
  • Member of the Law Society of BC
  • Past Director of the Surrey Foundation
  • Member of the Women Lawyer Forum
  • Past Director of the Surrey Hospice Society

Contact Information:
Telephone (604) 583-7917
Fax (604) 583-7139
Email mjwilson@wilsonrasmussen.com

Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mary-jane-wilson/11/417/20b

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