Geoffrey W. White

Geoffrey W. White

Lawyer

 

Geoffrey W. White is the principal of of the Geoffrey W. White Law Corporation.  He has received honours in Wills, Estates and Client Counseling.  Within the Canadian Bar Association, he is the Acting Chair of the National CBA Elder Law Section.  He is Past President of the Wills & Trusts (Okanagan) Section, and a member of the Charity Law Section and Tax Law Section.  He is Past President of the Kelowna Estate Planning Society and a past member of the Succession Law Reform Committee of the BC Law Institute.  He is also a member of the Kelowna Gift Planning Roundtable, the Central Okanagan Foundation Grants Committee, the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network, the Canadian Tax Foundation and the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).  Geoff is currently a director of the BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support Society which operates BC's only Elder Law Clinic with the support of the BC Law Foundation.  Geoff is a frequent lecturer at the BC Continuing Legal Education for lawyers on topics such as Trust law, Will & Estate matters, and Elder law.  In current projects, Geoff is a co-editor of the "BC CLE Probate & Estate Administration Practice Manual" and is helping to design the lawyer education program for BC's new Wills, Estate and Succession Act, which took effect in 2014.

 



Deborah Courtney

Paralegal - Estate Planning / 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

Paralegal - Estate/Trust Administration, Litigation
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 received his Certificate in Estate and Trust Administration from STEP in 2018.

 

Braeden received his Legal Assistant Diploma, with honours, from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2008.  Braeden is currently completing a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree at Okanagan College, with plans to pursue a J.D. at one of British Columbia's law schools.


Away from the office, he enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, and painting.

 



Ashley Jeffery

Legal Assistant - Estate Planning

Commissioner for Taking Affidavits for B.C.

Direct Line: (250) 712-2205 extension 205

 

Originally from a small seaside town on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Ashley moved to Kelowna in 2008 to attend Okanagan College and take in the sunshine.  She joined our office as a Legal Assistant in our estate planning department after completing her Legal Administrative Assistant Certificates at Okanagan College in 2012.


In 2018, Ashley obtained her status as a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits for the Province of British Columbia.  Over the past few years, Ashley has been a guest speaker for students pursuing the Legal Administrative Certificate programs at Okanagan College.  As an advocate for Dying with Dignity, Ashley is passionate about the evolving law surrounding end-of-life and health care planning.


When Ashley isn't busy with her creative endeavors (writing, poetry, painting, and gardening) you can likely find her paddle boarding on the lake or playing outside with her dog.

 



Kayla Anderson

Legal Assistant - Corporate and Conveyancing

Direct Line: (250) 712-2205 extension 206


Kayla has been at our office since 2017 and is part of our corporate and conveyancing departments.  She received her Bachelor's of Arts Degree with a major in Psychology from UBCO 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.

 



Teresa Hodge

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.

 



Dallas Elliott

Bookkeeper

 

Dallas is our office's bookkeeper.