Tara Britnell is a partner of the firm and a senior litigator. Her practice focuses on estate and trust litigation, including undue influence and incapacity claims, adult guardianship, wills variation, contentious estate administrations, variation and construction of trusts, and elder law issues.
Tara’s clients include executors, trustees, beneficiaries, people disappointed in a Will and those concerned about elder financial abuse. She understands the stress her clients experience in these often highly contentious disputes, and she excels at finding the most effective and efficient means of resolving these difficult situations.
Tara practiced commercial litigation in Vancouver until joining Hamilton Duncan in 2001. She has litigated at all levels of the court system and has extensive experience as counsel at mediations.
I noticed the steady, unrushed rhythm with which you took the judge through your evidence and observations. I listened to how, with conversational-style confidence, you included the judge in your story. Your pauses, unhurried delivery, and provision of back-up material, gave your words emphasis, allowed listeners to comfortably reorient their thoughts, and perhaps (I’m guessing) increased retention levels. The room’s tension served to emphasize your words. A few times I heard the judge murmur a question, then after it was answered it melted away. I heard your case develop out of dates and actions, rather than opinions and trash talk. Without “Sturm und Drang” to muddy the waters, your perspective on events became the reasonable conclusion. – S. Cole
Consider this a rave review of your performance! The detailed and complete information you presented in the negotiation … was exceptional – Joyce and Bill Slemko
- Harland v. Harland Estate, 2015 BCSC 2666
- A Litigator’s View: The Floodgates Have Opened (June 2014)
- Putting Things Right: How to Attack Financial Transactions (April 2013)
- A Wills & Estate Refresher: Cocktail Party Questions (February 2012)
- The Five Costliest Mistakes in Estate Planning – Tales From the Litigation Trenches (September 2012)
- Estate Litigation: How Plans Go Astray (July 2009)
- Fraser Valley Estate Planning Council
- Surrey Bar Association
- Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch: Wills & Estates, Elder Law, Women Lawyers Forum
- Martindale-Hubbel, BV Distinguished Designation
- Fraser Valley Estate Planning Council, “How to Successfully Cut Someone Out of Your Will”, March 2015
- Hollis Wealth, “Estate Planning: How to Avoid Problems”, June 2015
- TLABC, “WESA: The Floodgates Have Opened”, June 2014
- Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, “WESA Overview”, February 2014
- Surrey Bar Association, “WESA Changes Almost Everything”, February 2014
- Fraser Valley Estate Planning Council, Immediate Past President