Okanagan local, but traveler at heart, Andrea did her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria, and graduated with honors in Hispanic and Italian Studies. Her degree was inspired not only by her rich European heritage, but also by her travels to Europe in her gap year between high school and university. As travel often does, Andrea’s journey inspired a sense of personabilty, and a sense of justice for others, lending to her approach to law.
After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Andrea went on to get her Holistic Nutrition Degree, an asset that she hopes to incorporate into her future career. This sparked a passion in her for sustainable food policy and regulation. Her fascination with this area followed her into Thompson Rivers University of Law, where she was taught by many ground-breaking professors. Of these professors, perhaps her biggest inspiration was Katie Sykes, who has contributed extensively to animal justice in Canada, and supported and advised the Thompson Rivers Animal Law Advocacy Group, a major part of Andrea’s experience at TRU.
Andrea's approach and study of law has been informed by her evident need to seek justice for others. Her experiences with elements of a holistic living have inspired a rather unique and holistic approach to the practice of law itself. Andrea’s goal is to incorporate a more non-traditional, personable dimension to the law. She was drawn to the practice because it gives her the knowledge and power to help people get through challenges to achieve their full potential, fulfilling her desire to have a more positive impact on the world.
Andrea will have her last week here at FH&P on April 26, 2019, after which she will go back to her current residence in Kaslo, BC. We here at FH&P are honored to have had a part in Andrea’s law journey, and wish her all the best in her future endeavors!
How do I determine who will be my child's guardian?
There are often challenges when someone dies without a Will, but it can be particularly problematic if the person who has died is a parent and guardian of a minor child.
Drafting a Will - Do's and Don'ts
Writing a will is an essential step to planning the future of your assets, as well as ensuring your family and loved ones will always be taken care of. Wills allow you to maintain control of what happens to your life’s earnings. This could mean assets with monetary value, such as real estate, bank accounts, and businesses, but it could also mean things of sentimental value, such as family heirlooms and pets. Wills allow you the agency to appoint who you believe is the best fit to take care of your belongings after you pass. This gives clarity and ease of administration to your loved ones. When you make a will, you ensure that you decide what happens to your assets, as opposed to the government. It gives you the peace of mind of maximizing the number of belongings you have going to beneficiaries. When writing a will, one must take concise action and take numerous things into consideration. As such, we at FH&P have compiled a list of a few Do’s and Don’ts to help with the process:
Estate Grants: Grant of Probate
Probate is a process through which the court validates the authenticity of a will. Once the process is complete, the court issues a Grant of Probate. A Grant of Probate allows institutions to verify they are dealing with the right executor and the will presented is the correct will. Not all wills need to be probated