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Helen R. Ward

Partner

 780.441.4359
  780.428.9683
hward@dcllp.com

Helen began her career as an articling student at Duncan Craig LLP in 1988. She has been running ever since! Helen is now a partner in the Estates Solutions Practice Group in the Edmonton office, and co-chair of the practice group. Helen's practice includes litigation arising from wills, estate related claims, mental capacity issues and dependants relief issues. Helen also drafts wills, enduring powers of attorney and personal directives, acts for executors and advises clients regarding probate and administration of estates and with issues concerning mental incapacity in adults.

Helen's court experience includes contested wills trials and dependants' relief trials. She appears on these types of matters both on behalf of individual clients and on behalf of corporate trustees, in the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta and in the Alberta Court of Appeal.

Helen has lectured at the University of Alberta Law School as a Sessional Instructor in wills and has presented papers and taught on a number of occasions for the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta branch and National) and also at seminars presented by various charitable groups.

Helen is a member of the Alberta Surrogate Rules Advisory Committee. She is an instructor at the Legal Education Society of Alberta Intensive Advocacy course held annually at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. She attends the Senior Practitioners' Estate Planning and Litigation Forum held at Langdon Hall in Cambridge, Ontario, and is a Steering Committee member and discussion leader at the Forum. Helen is the Chair of the Duncan Craig LLP Student Recruitment Committee.

Helen is a past chairperson of both the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta North) Wills and Estates sub-section, and Elder Law sub-section. She has been a panelist on capacity issues at the Canadian Bar Association National Elder Law meeting in Toronto, Ontario. Helen is a past-president of the Estate Planning Council of Edmonton, and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Helen has been named Lawyer of the Year, Trusts and Estates for Edmonton in 2016. She also received this honour in 2012, and has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Trusts and Estates since its inaugural publication in 2006.

Born in Vancouver, Helen grew up in Edmonton and is married with two teenage daughters. She has been an active volunteer in her community including being a community soccer coach for many years. She ran the Victoria marathon in 2003 and spent the summer of 2014 travelling in Europe with her family.

Jennifer Sell  

Assistant to Helen R. Ward

780.441.4357
780.428.9683
jsell@dcllp.com

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