Associate Counsel, Vancouver
Mary Hamilton is associate counsel with Davis LLP and leads the firm's Wills, Estates and Trusts group. Mary has almost 25 years of experience in matters relating to wills, trusts and estate administration. She has held senior positions with various wills, estates and trusts groups in Vancouver and was named Vancouver Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year 2011 by Best Lawyers.
Mary advises clients about their estate planning and using wills, trusts and other vehicles (including charitable giving) to minimize taxes on death.
Her advice is sought by successful business owners concerned about ensuring an effective transition of their business from one generation to the next and by wealthy individuals concerned about benefiting their offspring in a responsible (and tax-effective) way.
Mary spends a significant part of her time advising executors, administrators and trustees about the probate process, administration of estates and trusts, and helping them pass their accounts.
She also advises about incapacity - preparing powers of attorney, nominations of committee and representation agreements and advising attorneys, committees and representatives about their roles and responsibilities.
Mary lectures frequently to client groups, to lawyers, to the charitable sector, and to the public on topics pertaining to wills, estates, incapacity and charitable giving. She also shares her expertise with other lawyers in British Columbia co-authoring an annotated precedent book on Wills and co-editing practice manuals on both Estate Planning and Estate Administration.
In addition to her many years of practice at Davis LLP, Mary spent a few years away from the firm at the University of British Columbia advising about charitable gifts and estate and trust administration before returning to practice at the firm.
Her experience has contributed to Davis LLP's significant practice in charity law advising both charities and donors regarding present and deferred gifts, the terms of endowments and the ongoing administration of gifts.
Mary is a past member of several advisory committees creating and editing course material, booklets, or precedent documents for the Continuing Legal Education Society and the Law Society of British Columbia.
Mary was raised in Penticton, British Columbia and is married with three children.
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