Bio

Phone: (778) 331-8868
Email: monique@shebbearelaw.com

My practise focuses on individuals and couples – I help them launch their families, make sure they and the people they love are taken care of, and guide them through the practicalities of being the executor of the estate of a loved one who has died.

I have practised law for eight years, including over five years focusing on wills, estates and family law. I started my legal career at a national law firm in Toronto, where I practised law for two and a half years before taking time to pursue an interest in counseling. In 2006, I moved back to British Columbia and joined a Victoria law firm specializing in wills, estates and family law. After my daughter was born, I returned to Vancouver and joined a boutique law firm specializing in wills, estates and family law, before launching my solo law practice at the end of 2012. My philosophy is to take the overwhelming out of law and give my clients the sense of satisfaction that comes with knowing they have taken care of important tasks on life’s to-do list.

    Calls to the Bar

  • British Columbia, 2006
  • Ontario, 2001*
    Publications

  • Contributing Author, Family Law Act Transition Guide (2012, Continuing Legal Education Society of BC) – Annotation for Part 3 on “Parentage”
  • Contributing Editor, Halsbury’s Laws of Canada – Wills and Estates (2007, LexisNexis Canada)
  • Co-Author with Kathryn Berge, Q.C., “A Wrench in the Works: Death and Incapacity of a Party in Family Proceedings” in Aging, Death and Divorce: The Big Three and the Perfect Storm (2007, CLEBC)

University Education

    1999 – Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), University of Toronto

  • McDonald Prize in International Law
  • Blaney McMurtry Stapells Prize in Native Peoples Law
  • F. W. Callaghan Memorial Moot (Best Factum, Second Best Oralist)
    1995 – Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Hons), McGill University

  • McGill Scarlet Key Award
    Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Member, Estate Planning Council of Vancouver
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Wills and Trusts Section
  • Member, CBA Women Lawyers Forum
  • Past Director, Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Treasurer, CBA Women Rainmakers – Vancouver Island
  • Fertility Law BC

* No longer a member of the Ontario bar