About our Lawyers - Halldor Bjarnason

Halldor Bjarnason

(604) 697-0231
hbjarnason@accesslaw.ca

Called to the bars of Ontario and British Columbia, Halldor has been practicing law since 1991. Halldor's experience includes estate planning, the preparation of wills, trusts, representation agreements, powers of attorney, and probate applications. He has appeared in BC Supreme Court as counsel on Wills Variation Act applications, challenges to trustees, and committeeship applications, and as an expert witness on disability trusts. Halldor's interest in estate planning for families with disabled relatives is illustrated by his regular estate planning seminars at the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network. He has written numerous articles on estate planning, including the disability-related estate planning materials in the BC Professional Legal Training Course. He regularly lectures on disability issues at the University of BC, University of Winnipeg, Langara College, and the West Coast School of Massage.

Areas of Practice

  • Wills, Trusts, and Estate and Tax Planning
  • Estate planning for families with relatives with disabilities
  • Probate and estate administration
  • Advice to Executors and Trustees
  • Estate litigation, including: contested committeeship applications, Wills Variation Act applications, and other estate-related actions.

Selected Experience

  • Halldor provided estate planning services to all of the special track claimants of the Jericho Hill School Individual Compensation Program.
  • Appeared in BC Supreme Court as an expert witness on disability trusts.
  • Acts as counsel to other law firms, providing advice on disability-related trusts.
  • Probate and estate administration.
  • Has prepared hundreds of disability-related trusts.
  • Has developed many creative solutions for people who risk being cut off of provincial disability assistance due to excess assets.
  • Wrote the disability-related estate planning materials for the British Columbia Professional Legal Training Course.
  • Provides legal advice to numerous charities which assist persons with disabilities.
  • Appears as counsel in British Columbia's Supreme Court on Wills Variation Act applications, challenges to trustees, and committeeship applications.
  • Represents many clients on ICBC and other personal injury matters when there is an issue with respect to capacity

Team

Hiva Parandian
Articling Student

Education

  • BA (Hons) - University of Winnipeg (1986)
  • LL.B. - Queens University at Kingston (1989)
  • Called to the Ontario Bar (1991)
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar (1993)

Professional & Other Associations

  • Law Society of BC, Equity & Diversity Committee
  • Law Society of BC, Disability Advisory Committee: Member, Past Chair
  • First Baptist Foundation: Former Director
  • Canadian Bar Association - National Equality Committee: Former Member
  • Theatre Terrific Society: Former President
  • Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network: Director, Former Treasurer
  • Neil Squire Foundation: Former Director
  • Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association: National President (1990 - 1993). International Representative (1991-1995)
  • Coast Foundation: Trust Program Advisory Committee

Publications

  • Organizing Events . (with Lynda Cannell) Western Legal Publications: 1999
  • We Hold Thee Safe: History of the Winnipeg Fire Department. Firefighters Historical Society of Winnipeg: 2006
  • Contributor/editor How to Create a Trust¸VCP of Greater Vancouver, 2007
  • Currently writing a book of short stories

Numerous articles/manual chapters on:

  • Estate law/planned giving
  • Sport/sports therapy liability
  • Human rights & disability issues

Personal

Outside of the office, Halldor spends his time raising his young son, Elliot, and when time permits, pursues an avid interest in antique firefighting apparatus and fire history; has compiled an extensive collection of jokes; hikes; and enjoys traveling - which has led to a keen interest in scenic photography.

Halldor is a former competitive cyclist. He has attended many international games, including the 1988 Seoul Paralympics and the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona. In Seoul, he set the 1500m tricycle sprint world record. For further information about Halldor, please go to www.trustlawyers.ca.

Testimonials

"Halldor has been a volunteer with the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) for over 6 years. During this time he has facilitated monthly Will and Estate workshops for families who have a member with a disability. His workshops are well planned, interesting and informative and are very helpful to families on their journey to plan a safe and secure future for their loved one. Halldor does a great job addressing any individual concerns or questions and is always willing to go the extra mile. He is a huge asset to our organization."

Pat Tesan, PLAN

 

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