Stanley T. Rule

Brief info

Stan specializes in Estate Litigation, Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Estate Disputes. He is experienced in providing legal advice, drawing Wills and Trusts, and assisting executors and administrators in applications for Grants of Probate and Administration.

Stanley T. Rule

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Areas of Practice

Stan specializes in estate litigation, estate planning, and estate administration,  including complex estates. He also practices in the areas of corporate and commercial law.

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Education and Experience

Stan is a graduate of the University of British Columbia in History (Honours) and the University of Toronto Law School. He was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1989. He has experience negotiating settlements, including negotiated settlements at mediation, and he has conducted trials in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and appeals in the British Columbia Court of Appeal. He has acted for plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of will, trust and estate disputes, including Wills Variation claims, unjust enrichment claims, incapacity and undue influence claims, trust claims, interpretation of Wills, disputes over joint accounts, and contested executor’s accounts. Stan is recognized in Lexpert as a leading practitioner in estate planning and estate litigation.

Stan has held leadership positions and has acted in professional organizations, particularly in his field of wills, trusts, and estates. He is the past chair of the National Wills, Estates and Trusts Section of the Canadian Bar Association. He is also a past chair and current member of the Okanagan Wills and Trusts subsection of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, and a past President and current member of the Kelowna Estate Planning Society. He is a former director of the British Columbia Law Institute. He is also a member of the International Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners, Vancouver Branch.

He has been a speaker at the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia; the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners;  the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia; the Continuing Legal Education Society of Alberta; Victoria Wills and Trusts, the Okanagan Wills and Trusts and the Okanagan Family Law subsections of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch;  the Victoria Inns of Court; UBC Okanagan; the Vancouver Estate Planning Society; the Vernon Estate Planning Society; and on several occasions at the Kelowna Estate Planning Society.

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Personal Life and Community Involvement

Stan is the author of the Rule of Law blog, which was listed as a top Canadian legal blog in the March 2008 edition of Canadian Lawyer Magazine.


Stan is a frequent lecturer and writer on Wills, Estates and related disputes. He has presented the following papers at courses for lawyers:

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