Legal Columnist returns after four-year break

Some of you will remember my previous column, “Achieving Justice”, originally published in the Westside section of the Capital News newspaper starting in January, 2007.

My legal practice at the time was fighting for innocent injury victims against monolithic insurance companies like ICBC. There was no shortage of injustice for me to write about.

Though I often went on tangents into completely different topics that caught my attention.

I relish in exposing injustice. My heart warms at the thought that I might help a David facing a daunting Goliath.

Road safety topics regularly crept in because most of my clients had been injured in entirely preventable motor vehicle collisions. I naively thought I might help break through the dangerous autopilot inattention plaguing our roads.

Capital News phased my column out of print the beginning of 2017 but continued to carry it online. Castanet picked it up the beginning of 2014.

After thirteen and a half years, I hung up the towel. My “goodbye” column was published July 13, 2020.

My legal practice at the time was incredibly busy and the column writing process added to very long work weeks away from my family. A weekly passion had become more of a chore and about “coming up with a topic” than words flowing from passion filled fingers.

I concluded my goodbye column with a hopeful: “So I’m hanging up my keyboard. At least for now. Perhaps when my work week is shaved down and I regain a writing passion I’ll want to return. And perhaps there will still be a media platform willing to publish what I’ve got to say.”

My legal practice has dramatically calmed down. In 2023, I got out of the personal injury business altogether in favour of a much more relaxed estate practice.

Instead of helping injured victims achieve justice against insurance companies, I help take beneficiaries and executors through the process of achieving court approval of how an estate will be administered after death.

I’ve gone from the injured to the dead!

As boring as the legal field of estate administration and management might seem, it turns out that there are a whole lot of interesting and important topics to write about.

Going through the estate side of things exposes all sorts of ways an estate could have been set up better before death to minimize expense and best achieve the testator’s wishes.

Apart from the legalities of the estate itself, it becomes clear that all sorts of steps taken before death can make things so much easier on those left behind.

With the luxury of time, a new field of law and various miscellaneous topics continuing to catch my eye, my writing itch has returned.

And I am delighted to learn that there are still media platforms willing to carry my column!

When I first started writing, my father warned me to keep my expectations very low for anything of reader feedback. He knew what he was talking about, having been a columnist in his day. Wouldn’t you know, my low expectations were fulfilled!

Feel free to buck the trend. Any question you might have about estates is probably shared by others. And if a miscellaneous issue gets your goat, It might inspire me to write about it as well. I invite you to e-mail me as you identify questions or topics you would like me to tackle.

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