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!
Moral Obligations When Writing your Will - Contemporary Standards of B.C.
In most cases, a will-maker has testamentary autonomy, the complete freedom to dispose of one’s estate as they see fit. However, certain situations necessitate the involvement of the court to override the wishes of the will-maker. When drafting your will, what moral obligations do you keep in mind? Do strained social and familial ties serve as enough of a reason to cut certain people out of your will? If the reasons are seemingly discriminatory, (such as based on gender, race, sexuality, social class, or otherwise) does the court have the discretion to decide on your behalf? To understand the extent of your autonomy in your will, it is highly beneficial to understand the bounds of contemporary community standards in BC court.
Estate Grants - Administration
An estate grant of Administration is a grant by the Supreme Court appointing an individual to act as the administrator of the estate. This grant is typically necessary if the deceased dies without a will (intestate). A Grant of Administration gives an administrator the official right and recognition to act on behalf of the estate.
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.