Langley, British Columbia—On June 16, approximately 60 participants from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver area came to Trinity Western University to gain advice on topics ranging from probate to the Wills Variation Act. In a joint effort to educate the community on estate planning, Trinity Western University partnered with Royal Trust and law firm, Campbell, Burton & McMullan to hold its first estate planning seminar.
“In speaking with people, I found that there is a lack of understanding regarding estate planning, the role of the power of attorney and other related topics,” says Inga Warnock, scholarship and planned giving representative for Trinity Western University and organizer of the event. “As an educational institute, we wanted to offer impartial information to the community on such important matters.”
Featured speakers included Steven E. Burton who practices law in Langley with the firm Campbell, Burton & McMullan. Burton imparted information and cleared misconceptions on the Representation Act that was proclaimed on February 28 this year. “A lot of people have been reading or hearing things about the Representation Act. They know that there is something new out there, but that’s the extent of their knowledge,” says Burton. “I tried to explain what the Representation Act means for people now.”
Ron Fawcett, CFP, R.F.P. with Royal Trust in Langley spoke on the importance of having a current will and Leslie Howard, B.A., F.C.S.I. from Vancouver’s Royal Trust imparted information on planned giving to charities and other organizations.
“The topics discussed were issues that many people seldom talk about,” says Warnock. “The seminar gave these people the opportunity to get up-to-date information from allied professionals.”
The seminar drew both young and old participants from locations ranging from Mission to Richmond. “I would encourage everyone to attend a seminar like this,” says Lillian Scott who came from Surrey to take part in the event. “There’s a lot more to estate planning than what meets the eye.”
Warnock believes that the overwhelming response to the seminar reflects the community’s desire to be educated on estate planning. As the June 16 seminar was filled to its maximum capacity, she plans organize a similar seminar next spring to facilitate those currently on the waiting list. The seminars are free-of-charge. “We are pleased that we can serve the community in this way,” says Warnock.
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,763 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.
Last Updated: 2012-08-21