There have been many articles written about the benefits of resolving disputes through mediation rather than litigation. Despite this, there is still a great deal of confusion about what a mediation looks like and whether it will assist parties to resolve their dispute. In family law disputes, there is often also mistrust between parties that…
In her active estates litigation practice, Bree advises clients in a number of areas, including:
1. Applications to become a committee for a loved one who no longer has capacity;
2. Assisting executors and administrators with contentious estate administration matters, including assisting with the negotiation between beneficiaries who are in dispute or have questions about the estate;
3. Advising children who have been left out of the Will;
4. Advising a spouse (married or common law) who has been left out of the Will;
5. Advising executors when someone is challenging the terms of a Will;
6. Applications to vary a Will under the Wills, Estates and Succession Act R.S. B.C 2009, c. 13;
7. Advising family members when there is a concern about the level of influence a sibling or spouse has over their parent;
8. Advising clients that have concerns about assets that have been transferred outside of an estate (such as a joint bank account or other property) to a family member, spouse or friend;
9. Disputes about capacity of a will maker to make a Will; and
10. Applications to the court to prove a Will.
Bree’s extensive experience in complex family matters has given her a unique ability to assist clients who are dealing with difficult and often emotional disputes with family members, following the death or incapacity of a family member.
Business clients benefit from Bree’s skilled guidance in her commercial litigation practice. She helps various stakeholders involved in disputes with other companies, shareholders, or directors, and offers a wide range of experience in determining complex commercial resolutions.
In addition, Bree draws on her extensive experience in personal injury law to help clients who have been injured motor vehicle accidents or hurt in a slip and fall. Her previous experience as an ICBC defence lawyer gives her unique insight into how insurers think, allowing her to tailor the best strategy for each individual client. Together with members of the personal injury team at Pihl Law, Bree works hard to get her clients fair compensation for their injuries.
Bree has appeared regularly in mediations and before the Provincial and Supreme Court of British Columbia and is a strong advocate for her clients both in and out of court. She is committed to finding the best solution for her clients, either through obtaining a favourable settlement, or by presenting the case to the Court.
Bree also has extensive experience in complex family matters including facilitating marriage agreements, cohabitation agreements, and non-contentious separation agreements.
In her spare time, Bree enjoys volunteering and sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna Branch. In addition, she volunteers with Law Day and with the Okanagan Collaborative Family Law Group. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, dancing in a Zumba class, and curling at the Kelowna Curling Club.