550 Burrard Street
Suite 2900, Vancouver
BC V6C 0A3
Tel: +1 604 631 4982
Fax: +1 604 632 4982
Edgar Frechette, partner, practices in the areas of estate planning, taxation and charities. Edgar advises many of BC’s most successful families on all aspects of wealth preservation and succession planning. He is also legal counsel to some of the largest charitable foundations in Canada. Edgar is recognized as a leading lawyer in his field by Lexpert and The Best Lawyers in Canada.
Honours and Awards:
- The Best Lawyers® in Canada 2010-2017 for Trusts and Estates
- Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2016 for Private Client Law
- Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2010-2016 Consistently recommended for Charities/Non-for-Profit-Law and Estate & Personal Tax Planning (Estate Planning)
- Who’s Who Legal: Private Client 2014–2015
- Canadian Tax Foundation
- Canadian Association of Gift Planners
- Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
The Estate & Trust Law Practice:
An effective estate plan requires a thorough understanding of your values and objectives for your wealth. Once we have worked with you to clarify what these are, our acknowledged leaders in estate planning can develop a well-designed plan to fulfill those values and objectives. The plan we develop with you may include wills, domestic contracts, a succession plan for your business, a charitable giving strategy to fulfill your social capital legacy, powers of attorney and trusts. We will work independently or with your other advisers to develop an integrated estate plan which meets your values and objectives, while minimizing the impact of income taxes and probate fees.
Our services also include assisting with the administration of the estate or trust including advising executors and trustees and, in many cases, acting as their agents in the day-to-day administration of the estate. We can also attend to fiduciary accounting, gathering information on the assets and liabilities of an estate, applying for grants of probate or letters of administration, making all necessary filings with the Canada Revenue Agency and distributing assets to beneficiaries.
The multi-jurisdictional property interests of our clients often require the development of a co-ordinated plan to leverage differing legal and tax regimes. Through our international offices and the reputation of individual members of our group, we have access to experts in other jurisdictions who can assist in this regard.
Fasken Martineau is a leading international business law and litigation firm. Tracing our roots back to the mid-1800s, our firm was founded through the merger of three regional Canadian icons in 2000. Today we have eight offices with more than 700 lawyers across Canada and in the UK and South Africa.
Our lawyers consistently receive accolades worldwide and earn hundreds of rankings each year from prestigious business and legal publications such as Chambers & Partners, International Financial Law Review (IFLR), The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Legal 500 and others.
While we take pride in each of these acknowledgements, we take our greatest satisfaction from our clients who continue to entrust us with their most pressing matters. We aim to see legal issues in the context of our clients’ broader business issues. We have created a firm that is nimble, entrepreneurial and responsive to the global pressures facing our clients. Our success depends on the success of our clients.
We operate in English and French in civil law and common law jurisdictions worldwide.