Michelle Isaak is a partner who practises in the area of personal wealth management. She has extensive ‎experience advising clients on all aspects of estate and trust planning, adult guardianship and capacity ‎planning, and estate and trust administration.‎

Michelle assists clients with developing individualized estate plans which incorporate tax, succession and ‎familial considerations.  She advises clients on the preparation of wills, powers of attorney, and ‎representation agreements, the settlement of alter ego, joint spousal and family trusts, the complexities of ‎planning for a blended family, and business succession.‎

A significant portion of Michelle's practice is devoted to advising executors, trustees and beneficiaries on ‎estate and trust administration issues, such as obtaining or resealing representation grants, administering ‎assets and trusts in a tax efficient manner, resolving disputes between trustees and beneficiaries, ‎replacing trustees, and passing accounts, both informally and through the B.C. Supreme Court.‎

Michelle has particular expertise in complex estate planning and administration issues, such as planning ‎for and administering estates with assets in multiple jurisdictions, planning for and administering ‎Indigenous estates under the Indian Act, administering insolvent estates, and advising trustees in cases ‎where the deceased has been murdered by a beneficiary.‎

Michelle is an active volunteer for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, serving on ‎the editorial board of the BC Probate and Estate Administration Practice Manual, as a contributing author to ‎the BC Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation Practice Manual, and as a speaker at numerous CLE ‎conferences and webinars.  She presents frequently on the subject of wills, trusts and estate ‎administration for organizations such as the Pacific Business and Law Institute, Society of Trust and ‎Estate Practitioners (STEP), Canadian Bar Association of BC, and the Estate Planning Council of ‎Vancouver.  In June 2020, Michelle was featured in CLEBC’s “In the Spotlight” for her numerous ‎contributions to the legal field.‎

Michelle has been listed in the Best Lawyers in Canada directory for Trusts and Estates since 2018, ‎including being recognized as the 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” for Trusts and Estates in Vancouver, and is ‎recognized by Lexpert® as a leading practitioner in the field of estate and tax planning.‎