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 annual contributor to several CLEBC publications, including the Annotated Estates Practice and the BC Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation Practice Manual, and recently joined the editorial board of the Probate and Estate Administration Practice Manual. She also presents frequently on the subject of wills, trusts and estate administration:  recent engagements include the Pacific Business and Law Institute, CLEBC, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), UBC Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, CBABC Family Law Section (Vancouver) and Wills & Trusts Section (Vancouver), and the Estate Planning Councils of Vancouver, Abbotsford and Fraser Valley.

Michelle was recently recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada as the 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” for Trusts and Estates in Vancouver.