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Restructuring & Insolvency
Wills & Estates
LAW SCHOOL: University of Western Ontario
BAR ADMISSIONS: Alberta (2006), Northwest Territories (pending)
Crista is a trusted advisor in matters of estate planning, administration, trusts and estate litigation. She was recognized in 2020 as one of Canada’s Lexpert® Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40, an award given to those who have made outstanding contributions in their careers thus far. She is a partner with McLennan Ross LLP and the leader of the firm’s estate, trust and taxation practice groups. She has worked with many of Alberta’s business leaders and their families to develop innovative, strategic, and comprehensive solutions for their estate plans or to tenaciously assist with estate related disputes.
Crista’s estate planning practice has a focus on assisting with the intergenerational transfer of wealth in privately held corporations. She enjoys assisting her clients with devising estate plans that will create a lasting legacy. She is regularly engaged in transactional work to provide expertise on trust law and the utilization and application of trust structures in complex commercial regimes. Crista has assisted numerous executors through the administration process, including providing assistance when claims are made against the estate.
Crista’s expertise in estate and trust law allows her to be an effective litigator in estate disputes. Notably, she is a lead counsel in longstanding and complex litigation relating to a First Nation’s Trust. Crista has been involved in numerous estate litigation matters including those relating to elder abuse, entitlement to family farms, support for dependent family members, variation of trusts, challenges to the validity of a Will and executor negligence. Crista has a particular interest in matters pertaining to the validity of a Will when capacity is at issue and protecting vulnerable persons who have fallen victim to elder abuse.
Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities:
Estate Administration and Estate Planning