Barbara E Janzen


Direct 604-691-7529

Fax 604-632-4459

Barbara has over 20 years of experience advising clients on estate and trust planning, incapacity planning, business succession, and estate and trust administration matters.

Barbara assists clients by crafting estate plans that meet their unique circumstances and goals and include the preparation of wills, powers of attorney, representation agreements for health care, and alter ego, joint partner and family trusts.

Barbara also advises executors, administrators, trustees and beneficiaries regarding estate and trust administration matters. She has extensive experience in all areas of estate administration, including informing executors, administrators and trustees of their duties and powers and beneficiaries of their rights, and obtaining and resealing grants of probate and administration. She frequently deals with multi-jurisdictional issues such as foreign assets, non-Canadian beneficiaries and conflicts of law, and with complex assets including digital assets and business interests.

Barbara has developed her knowledge and skills in private practice, working for a large Canadian financial institution where she prepared estate plans for the high-net-worth clients of the bank, and in-house with the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee.

Barbara is a past Chair of the Vancouver Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”). She has been recognized by Lexpert as repeatedly recommended in the area of Estate and Tax Planning. She was also part of the team that received the 2016 STEP Global Private Client Legal Team of the Year (midsize firm) award.

  • Called to the British Columbia Bar, 2006
  • Called to the Alberta Bar, 1994
  • LL.B., University of Calgary, 1993
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Wills and Trusts Section, Women Lawyers Forum, Vancouver Branch
  • Member, STEP
  • Member, Fraser Valley Estate Planning Council

Presenter, “Estate Planning and Administration” at the Chartered Professional Accountants BC Seminar on March 16, 2019

Presenter, “Current Issues in Estate Planning” at the Chartered Professional Accountants BC Seminar on May 12, 2018

Presenter, “Why did I agree to do this?” vs. “Where’s my money?”, Fraser Valley Estate Planning Council on March 6, 2018

Presenter, “Decision Making Basics: The Building Blocks” at the Essential Tools for Disability Planning and Practice program held by the Pacific Business and Law Institute on April 12, 2016

Co-Chair and Presenter at the Most Litigated Estates Issues: Proactive and Reactive Solutions program held by the Pacific Business and Law Institute on September 29, 2015

Presenter, “Digital Property and Who Owns it?” at the Advocis 2014 Estate and Financial Planning Conference held on October 29, 2014

Presenter, “Digital Assets and Death” live webinar hosted by the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC and broadcast on September 23, 2014

Moderator, “Enduring Powers of Attorney: A Necessary Evil” session at the 16th National STEP Canada Conference on June 16, 2014

Committee Member, Uniform Law Conference of Canada Access to Digital Assets by Fiduciaries Project from 2014 to 2016 – completed the draft Uniform Access to Digital Assets by Fiduciaries Act in June, 2016

Sun Run Clinic Leader