Polly is an associate practicing in the areas of Estates & Trusts and Elder Law. She regularly assists clients in resolving contentious estate, trust, and elder law issues involving significant and emotional personal matters, and with estate and incapacity planning to provide certainty and peace of mind for the future. She has appeared before the Courts in British Columbia and before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Polly excels in providing thorough and detailed analysis of complex legal issues. Her practice includes researching and drafting legal opinions, memoranda, and argument on estates and trusts matters, which are relied on by clients and by counsel both within Clark Wilson LLP and outside the firm. Having worked with multiple judges at the Court of Appeal, Polly is able to efficiently and effectively analyze the law underpinning the disputes her clients are facing to find a solution.

Polly recognizes and understands that the legal process can be overwhelming and intimidating, particularly for clients navigating the emotionally-charged issues raised by estate disputes and seeking to organize their affairs for the future. She works to identify her client’s goals and to develop creative and practical strategies for realizing those objectives.

Polly’s skills in legal research, writing, and analysis are such that she is a regular and sought-after contributor to legal publications including the Continuing Legal Education Society’s Annotated Estates Practice, Probate and Estate Administration Practice Manual, and Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation Practice Manual. She was also a contributing author to the British Columbia Estate Litigation text, providing comprehensive analysis of wills variation claims in British Columbia.

Estates and Trusts Services
Committeeships Capacity and undue influence litigation
Wills variation claims Trust administration and beneficiary claims
Breach of fiduciary duty claims Estate, trust, and incapacity planning
Legal research and opinions Appellate practice
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Membership & Associations
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Member
Education & Call to Bar
  • Call to Bar: British Columbia, 2017
  • Judicial Clerkship, Court of Appeal for British Columbia and Yukon Court of Appeal, 2016-2017
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia, 2016
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of British Columbia, 2013
Publications
  • Basics, Trends, and Practice in Wills Variation, co-author (Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, February 2021)
  • British Columbia Estate Litigation, contributing author (LexisNexis, 2020)
  • CLE British Columbia Probate and Estate Administration Practice Manual, Chapter 2, co-editor
  • CLE British Columbia Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation, Chapter 7, co-editor
  • CLE British Columbia Annotated Estates Practice, Chapters 16, 41, 44, co-editor
  • Ending the 'Marriage-Like' Relationship?, Canadian Family Law Matters newsletter, LexisNexis Canada, June 2019
  • Does ‘Death Do Us Part’? Separating the Living from the Dead in Family Law and Estate Litigation, Money & Family Law, April 2019
  • Bouchard v. Bouchard – The Intersection of Estate Law and Family Law, Canadian Family Law Matters newsletter, LexisNexis Canada, December 2018