Halldor K. Bjarnason

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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.
Education & Accreditations
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia (1993)
  • Member, Law Society of Ontario (1991)
  • Queens University at Kingston, LL.B. (1989)
  • University of Winnipeg, B.A. Hons (1986)
Experience

Halldor 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.

Areas of Practice
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estate and Tax Planning
  • Estate planning for families with relatives with disabilities
  • Incapacity planning, including powers of attorney and representation agreements
  • Drafting Disability Trusts and Special Needs Trusts
  • Probate and estate administration
  • Advice to Executors and Trustees
  • Estate litigation, including: contested committeeship applications, wills variation applications, and other estate related actions.
Professional 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
Personal

Outside of the office, Halldor spends his time raising his young son, Elliot, and when time permits, writes books, pursues an avid interest in antique firefighting apparatus and fire history; has compiled an extensive collection of jokes; and volunteers with the City of Vancouver’s disaster planning process.

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.

SELECTED EXPERIENCE

  • 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

what our clients are saying

My Real Estate Investment Firm has engaged Jamie for several years to conduct litigation on our behalf in several “Breach of Contract” cases. We have always found Jamie to be pleasant, accommodating and diligent in follow-through on correspondence and commitments. We have also observed that he has pursued the opposition with diligence and persistence. His fees have been billed at his quoted rate. We have also found him easy to do business with, for he returns telephone calls promptly, when he is unable to answer them directly.

Don W. Low

Secretary, D. J. Estates Ltd.

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