Geoffrey W. White
Geoffrey White has 25+ years of expertise in Will, Estate and Trust matters. He assists clients both at his “heritage” office in Kelowna and at Clark Wilson LLP in downtown Vancouver.
Geoff is an editor of B.C.’s Probate & Estate Administration Practice Manual, which is acknowledged as the primary source for all estate matters in the province. He has litigated estate and trust matters at all levels of court including the BC Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. These matters include: discretionary trusts, multiple wills, removal of an executor, and international conflict of laws.
He is currently the chair of the BC Law Foundation, and has held leadership roles with national Canadian Bar Association, the Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners, and Estate Planning Societies. Geoffrey White has been recognized by Best Lawyers Canada for Trusts and Estate Law since 2019.
Designated Paralegal - Estate Planning and Corporate / Office Manager
Direct Line: (250) 712-2205 extension 202
Deborah is our estate planning Paralegal and office manager and has been with our office since 2011. Prior to joining our office, Deborah worked for nearly 15 years as a legal assistant in a wide range of law areas including estate planning, estate administration, tax and succession planning, corporate reorganizations, company law, and estate litigation. Previous to that, Deborah taught secondary school in Vancouver.
Deborah earned a BEd from UBC Vancouver and a Legal Assistant Diploma from Okanagan University College. Away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, yoga, and hiking.
Braeden J. Rahn
Designated Paralegal - Estate/Trust Administration, Litigation, Adult Guardianship, Real Estate
Commissioner for Taking Affidavits for B.C.
Direct Line: (250) 712-2205 extension 203
Braeden is our estate administration, trust administration and estate litigation Paralegal. Braeden has been with our office since 2009. Prior to joining our office, he worked in restaurant and retail management.
Braeden is an associate member of the international Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), and is working towards earning his Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation in 2020. Braeden received his Certificate in Estate and Trust Administration from STEP Canada in 2018 and is the 2018 winner of the STEP achievement award for the highest overall combined mark on all four components of the Certificate in Estate and Trust Administration. Braeden also currently sits on the executive board of STEP Canada's Okanagan Chapter.
Braeden received his Paralegal Diploma, with honours, from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2008, and his Bachelor's of Business Administration (Honours) degree, with distinction, from Okanagan College in 2020. During January of 2020 he represented Okanagan College at the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (I.C.B.C.) at Queen's University. During his time at Okanagan College, Braeden was also involved in running the Okanagan College Debate Society.
In addition to his volunteer work with STEP Canada, Braeden has also served as faculty, a presenter, and a contributor for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia.
Legal Assistant - Estate Planning and Corporate
Commissioner for Taking Affidavits for B.C.
Direct Line: (250) 712-2205 extension 206
Kayla has been at our office since 2017 and is part of our estate planning, corporate, and conveyancing departments. She received her Bachelor's of Arts Degree with a major in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, before studying business at Okanagan College.
When she isn't busy working on her various arts and crafts projects, Kayla enjoys paddle boarding, rollerblading, wine touring, and spending time with her two dogs.
Legal Assistant - Estate Administration
Direct Line: (250) 712-2205 extension 207
Kaitlyn has been at our office since 2019, is part of our estate administration department, and has previous experience in estate planning. Kaitlyn received her Legal Administrative Assistant Certificates from Okanagan College in 2018 and was the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal for Vocational Studies as the graduate with the highest grade average.
Kaitlyn is a student member of the international Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), and is working towards earning her Certificate in Estate and Trust Administration from STEP Canada.
Outside of the office, Kaitlyn can be found taking part in group fitness classes or spending time with her family.
Receptionist / Legal Assistant - Estate Planning
Direct Line: (250) 712-2205
Teresa is our receptionist and is also part of our estate planning department. Teresa has been with our office since 2017. Her previous law office experience includes eight years exclusively dedicated to resolving individual Indian Residential School cases. When not at work, Teresa enjoys gardening and spending time with her five cats.
Legal Assistant - Corporate/Conveyancing
Direct Line: (250) 712-2205 extension 205
Meg is our corporate and conveyancing legal assistant and has been with our office since 2020. Her previous work experience includes business management.