Emma J. Ferguson
Emma Ferguson is a member of our Wills, Estates + Trusts and Family Practice Groups.
Emma has a broad wills, estates and trusts practice. She advises clients on all aspects of estate and incapacity planning, including wills, alter ego, joint partner and family trusts, powers of attorney and healthcare representation agreements. Emma has experience assisting clients with disabilities or their family members with planning to protect government disability benefits, and advises clients on adult guardianship matters including applications to be appointed committee for an incapacitated family member. Emma also advises clients on the administration of estates, including applications for grants of probate and letters of administration.
A significant part of Emma’s practice is focused on drafting and advising clients on marriage and cohabitation agreements. She is assisted in this regard by her previous family law litigation experience in a broad array of issues including division of property, spousal support, child support and parenting arrangements. Emma frequently advises clients on agreements involving complex financial and corporate structures, trusts and multiple jurisdictions.
Emma regularly presents on topics related to wills, estates and trusts and family law, and has a particular interest in the intersection of these two areas of law. She has presented for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, the Pacific Business & Law Institute and to community groups and other organizations.
After completing law school, Emma acted as a judicial law clerk for six justices of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
Prior to joining Alexander Holburn, Emma practised in the areas of wills, estate and trusts, and family law, at an international law firm.
Professional + Community Affiliations
- Law Society of British Columbia, Member
- Canadian Bar Association, Wills, Estates and Trusts subsection, Member
- Canadian Bar Association, Family Law subsection, Member
- Vancouver Bar Association, Member
- Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Member
- Estate Planning Council of Vancouver, Member
- Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia, Wills & Estates Program, Volunteer
Publications + Presentations
- November 9, 2018, “Why Does Your Client Need a Will?”, Video Tax News, Tax Update 2018, Speaker
- October 23, 2018, “The Expanding Definition of Will Under WESA”, Sunshine Coast Community Foundation Professional Advisors Workshop, Speaker
- August 2018, “Special Feature: Create a Legacy”, BC Business, Quoted
- June 27, 2018, “Canada’s Divorce Act Set for its First Major Makeover in 20 Years”, BIV.com, Co-Author
- May 17, 2018, “The Expanding Definition of Will Under WESA”, Canadian Association of Gift Planners and the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch, Charities Section, Speaker
- May 8, 2018, “The World is Changing: Are You Asking Your Clients the Right Questions?”, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch, Wills, Estates and Trusts Section and the Estate Planning Council of Vancouver, Speaker
- February 23, 2018, “The FLA vs. WESA: Which Road to Take?”, Dysfunctional Families…Dead or Alive: An Essential Toolkit for Family & Estates Lawyers, Trial Lawyers Association of B.C., Speaker
- November 28, 2017, “Discretionary Trusts from a Family Law and Estates Perspective”, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch, Wills, Estates and Trusts Section, Speaker
- March 3, 2017, “Trusts for Aging, Death and Divorce”, Interplay Between Aging, Death and Divorce, Continuing Legal Education Society of BC (CLEBC), Speaker
- October 6, 2016, “Transfers and Joint Property Ownership under the Wills, Estates & Succession Act and the Family Law Act”, The Integration of Family Law and Estate Law, Pacific Business & Law Institute, Speaker
- April 20, 2016, “Incapacity Planning”, Autism Society of BC, Speaker
- April 12, 2016, “Spousal Support in the Disability Context”, Essential Tools for Disability Planning and Practice, Pacific Business & Law Institute, Speaker
- 2016 and 2008-2014, “Family Law Chapter” Annual Review of Law and Practice, CLEBC, Co-Author
- March 16, 2016, “Estate Planning”, Autism Society of BC, Speaker
- June 20, 2014, “Who is a Spouse under the Family Law Act?”, The FLA for Estates Practitioners, CLEBC, Speaker
On A Personal Note
Emma enjoys skiing and hiking on the North Shore, and travelling, with her family. She is also an avid consumer of British television crime dramas.