MEETING: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

TOPIC: Wills & Estate Succession Act
GUEST SPEAKER: Deanna Rivers

Deanna Rivers will speak to us about two very interesting Wills & Estate Succession Act Topics – ‘When a Will Isn’t a Will’ and ‘When WESA and family law collide – what happens if you have a deceased person in a family law action’ (which happens more often than you would think).

Ms. Rivers attended law school at the University of Victoria, and graduated with an LL.B. in 1995. She was called to the bar of British Columbia in February 1996, after articling with the law firm of Anniko Hunter. She practiced with Anniko Hunter until 2001. Joining Stevenson Luchies & Legh in 2003, Ms. Rivers practices primarily in litigation preparation, estate planning, estates and conveyancing. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria Law School, teaching Wills and Estate Succession.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Rivers has 15 years military service, and has received the United Nations Forces in Cyprus medal, the Canadian Peacekeeping Service medal and the Canadian Decoration.

Ms. Rivers is married and has two teenagers. She is a past chair of the Victoria Young Lawyers and Victoria Wills and Trusts sections of the CBA.  She is involved with her children’s sports and is a long-time leader with both Girl Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada.


President’s Notes

Thank you to Marlene Russo, Wendy MacKenzie & Brett Pulak for speaking to us about Justice Access Centres.

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Date:   Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Join us for a Build Your Own Burger buffet:
Beef Patties, Veggie Patties, Grilled Chicken Breast, Burger Fixings, French Fries, Potato Salad with sweets and squares for dessert.
Coffee, tea and fountain soft drinks are included.
Vegetarian meals and special dietary requirements are accommodated only upon advanced request.

Place:                           Comfort Inn & Suites 3020 Blanshard Street

Cost:                            $25.00 Member / $30.00 Guest

Cocktails:                    5:30 p.m. – Dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Please be sure that dinner reservations are received by Friday, October 6th, 2017.  Please forward your reservation:

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By mail to: VLSA 3216 Browning St, Victoria, BC V8P 4C4

Deliver to:  VLSA Court Box 147

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