Estate & Trust Planning
Guardianship & Representation
Jessica enjoys a practice focused on estate and trust planning, elder law, guardianship and representation applications, and probate administration.
Jessica was born in Halifax. She left when she was a toddler and returned to attend law school at Dalhousie University. In the intervening years, she lived in Ottawa, Calgary, Australia, the United States, Nigeria, and Austria, and travelled to many other countries.
Jessica’s success in estate planning is due to her ability to quickly develop a rapport with her clients. She attributes this to her exposure to other cultures and places – her life experience has confirmed that every family has their own unique story. Jessica delivers in-depth advice to assist her clients in the simplest to the most complex of estate plans, focussing not only planning for death but equally important, planning for incapacity. Jessica has extensive experience in creating plans that may include trusts for individuals and estates, discussion of general tax implications, and canvassing of potential elder law issues and issues relating to the guardianship of minors and representation of beneficiaries with disabilities, including incapacity.
Jessica is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Canadian Bar Association (“CBA”), the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, and the Halifax Estate Planning Council. She is ranked in Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and Best Lawyers. Jessica is a Past President of the CBA-Nova Scotia Branch and of the Halifax Estate Planning Council, and is currently Vice-Chair of the CBA National Elder Law Section. She is a member of the CBA National Sections Subcommittee. She also sits on the Atlantic board of Make-A-Wish Foundation and is secretary of the Dartmouth Whalers Masters Swim Club.
Jessica is a frequent speaker on estate planning topics. She presents to varied audiences, including professional associations, financial advisors and their clients, local churches, and charities. Jessica is a repeat guest on CBC Maritime Noon (particularly for the call-in portion of the radio show) on estate planning topics.
When not planning estates, or speaking about planning estates, Jessica is busy collaborating with her husband Ken on how best to coordinate their schedules with that of their almost-equally busy two younger children. Their oldest son is a Coast Guard officer. When Jessica has a moment to relax, she enjoys reading, walking her dog, and watching a movie, preferably on the big screen.