Janine A.S. Thomas, Lawyer

Education & Professional Qualifications

  • B.Comm UBC (1976) LLB UBC (1977)
  • Member Law Society of BC (1981)
  • Member Law Society of Upper Canada (2001 – 2008)
  • Named in National Post’s Best Lawyers in Canada since 2007 to date

Practice Experience

June 2003 to present: sole practitioner focusing exclusively on estate planning and administration and related tax issues.

  • September 2001 to June 2003: Associate, Goodman and Carr LLP, Toronto, a leading Canadian law firm in the area of sophisticated estate planning and administration
  • May 2000 to September 2001: Estate & Tax Planning Consultant, Canada Life. Provided advanced estate planning advice, case consultation and training to financial advisors. Assisted Head Office with special projects and problems. Through this acquired knowledge of insurance products and their application
  • September 1995 to May 2000: Associate Counsel, Davis LLP, Vancouver (now DLA Piper Canada LLP)
  • July 1992 to June 1995: Associate Counsel, Russell & DuMoulin, Vancouver (now Fasken Martineau LLP)
  • May 1981 to May 1992: Associate then Partner, Mawhinney & Kellough (now Dentons Canada LLP)
  • January 1980 to April 1981: Articled Student then Associate, Jestley Kirstiuk, Vancouver
  • May 1977 to January 1980: Trust Officer, Canada Permanent Trust Company, Vancouver. Responsible for the administration of estates, trusts, and committeeships when the trust company appointed

Selective publications and presentations

  • Author, Chapters 12 & 13, Taxation of the Deceased and Taxation of Estates and Testamentary Trusts, BC Probate and Estate Administration Practice Manual, CLE BC (1990 to 2015)
  • Author, Chapter 4, The RRSP, RRIF and RSP, BC Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation Practice Manual, CLE BC (2002 to 2009)
  • Speaker, So you've been named as Executor - Now What?
    Risks and Strategies for acting in this role.
    STEP Canada (Vancouver Branch), November 2015
  • Panelist, Business Succession and Estate Planning : Case Study, BC Tax Conference, September 2015
  • Speaker, Mediation Skills in an Estate Solicitor’s Practice , CBABC Wills & Trusts Section/Professional Development Joint Conference, Vernon, BC May 20 – 23, 2014
  • Panelist, Contesting a Will: Tips for Prevention of a Will Challenge; Tips for Contesting a Will, STEP Canada 13th National Conference, June 2011
  • Speaker, Sham Trusts : What Every Practitioner needs to know, CLEBC, October 2010
  • Speaker, Maintaining the Integrity of Trusts in light of Antle & Garron, Trusts: The Difficult Issues, Pacific Business & Law Institute, May 2010
  • Speaker, Multi-Jurisdictional Planning, STEP Canada (Vancouver Branch), May 2010
  • Speaker, Estate Planning Traps, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Legacy Round Table, June 2009
  • Speaker, Planning for the British Columbia Cottage, Trusts: Current Issues, Pacific Business & Law Institute, June 2009
  • Speaker, Multiple Wills in British Columbia, CBA (BC Branch) Wills & Trusts Section (November 2008)
  • Speaker, Trust to Trust Transfers, Trusts: the Thorny Issues, Pacific Business and Law Institute (May 2008)
  • Speaker, Hot Topics for Advisors – Don’t get Burnt, Advocis (Thompson Okanagan Chapter) Professional Development Day (April 2008)
  • Speaker, Business Succession: Challenges, Opportunities, Solutions – A Case Study, Business Succession Planning Cruise sponsored by the RBC Group (September 2007)

Professional & Other Activities

  • Member, Estate Planning Council of Vancouver
  • Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Member, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Member, STEP Canada
  • Conflict Resolution: Specialization in Mediation / Third-Party Intervention program, Justice Institute of British Columbia (2003-2015)
  • Former Director and former legal counsel, Kaiser Foundation
  • Mentor, UBC Law School Mentorship Program
  • Mentor, CBA (BC Branch) Women Lawyers Forum Mentoring Project
  • Former Member, Editorial Board, Goodman on Estate Planning, Federated Press, 2002 to 2007
  • Member, Representation Agreement Act Committee, Wills & Trusts Sections, CBA (BC Branch) (2000-2001)
  • Former Member, Committee advising Benchers on lawyer incorporations and issues related thereto
  • Former Director, BC Courthouse Library Society
  • Former Chair, Business Law Section, CBA (BC Branch)
  • Former Member, Planned Giving Committee, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
  • Former Member, Special Gifts Committee, National Nikkei Heritage Centre Society
  • Former Member, Planned Giving Resource Team, BCIT
  • Former Director, St. John Ambulance Society’s British Columbia Foundation
  • Former Member, Resource Team, Dr. Norma Calder Schizophrenia Foundation
  • Former Solicitor, BC’s Women’s Hospital and Health Centre Foundation (as it then was)
  • Former Member, Executive Committee, Estate Planning Council of Toronto
  • Former Member, Executive Committee, Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (BC Branch)

Contact Information

200-736 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1G3
T. 604.915.7113 (ext. 1)
F. 604.915.7114
E. janine@thomaslaw.ca