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  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Edmonton, past president
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Alberta Surrogate Rules Advisory Committee
  • University of Alberta LL.B. 1988
  • University of Alberta B.A. 1985
  • Helen R. Ward QC was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 in the field of Trusts and Estates. Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006.

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016: Leading Practitioner, Estate & Personal Tax (Estate Litigation)

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015: Leading Practitioner, Estate & Personal Tax (Estate Litigation)

  • Helen R. Ward was named the Best Lawyers 2016 Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" in Edmonton.

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014: Leading Practitioner, Estate Litigation

  • The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.

  • Helen Ward was named the Best Lawyers 2012 Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" in Edmonton.

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013: Leading Practitioner, Estate Litigation.

  • Today Helen is recognized for her outstanding volunteer work with the Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA). Helen has been lending her expertise to LESA since the 1990s, and she's volunteered on 3 different fronts: helping prepare our practice manuals, speaking at our seminars, and helping in our CPLED face-to-face modules.

    As Helen says, "you give a lot and you gain a lot" by being a volunteer.

    Click on the link below to read the full blog post.

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 has named Helen R. Ward Trusts and Estates - Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" and John M. Hope, QC Product Liability Law "Lawyer of the Year". Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honoured as the "Lawyer of the Year."

    In addition, Duncan Craig LLP is proud to announce that 10 of its lawyers in 14 areas of law have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers:

    Stewart Baker QC - Personal Injury Litigation
    Darren R. Bieganek QC - Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
    Robert C. Dunseith QC - Corporate Law/Tax law
    Patrick J. Feehan - Personal Injury Litigation/Medical Negligence
    Percival E. Odynak QC - Asset-Based Lending/Banking and Finance Law
    Philip J. Renaud QC - Trusts and Estates
    Joe Spelliscy - Insurance Law
    Vivian R. Stevenson QC - Insurance Law/Legal Malpractice Law
    Ross W Swanson - Corporate Law
    Brian Wallace - Insurance Law

  • Helen Ward and Michael Klaray both spoke and co-presented a paper at the 2015 Lake Louise Wills & Estates Refresher that was held April 19 to 21, 2015, at the Chateau Lake Louise in Banff National Park. The paper is on costs, and also how to bring various applications under the Wills and Succession Act of Alberta, and the Surrogate Rules.

    The Refresher is an annual program of the Legal Education Society of Alberta for the benefit of lawyers in a concentrated area of the law. The law of Wills and Estates is featured about every four years.

  • Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Helen Ward as the "Edmonton Best Lawyers Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year" for 2012. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year."

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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

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Jennifer Sell  

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