Elizabeth R. Shepherd

B.A., M.L.S., LL.B.

Year of Call: 1989

Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta in 1980 and a Masters degree in Library and Information Science in 1982. In 1988, she received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1989.

Elizabeth’s initial focus on oil and gas and contract law led her to Alaska, where she worked in a U.S. corporation for five years. After her return to Calgary in 1995, she chose to concentrate in the areas of Wills, Estates and Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship law, first as an associate with a major firm and later as an independent practitioner. She continues to practice exclusively in these, her preferred areas of law, guiding clients through both the estate planning and estate administration process and through adult guardianship and trusteeship applications.

In 2002, Elizabeth joined the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law as a sessional instructor, teaching Wills and Estates law until 2006.

Elizabeth is a member of the Law Society of Alberta. She is a past co-chair of the Canadian Bar Association South Alberta wills and trusts section, having served on the executive from 1998 to 2008. Elizabeth has authored and presented papers at various Legal Education Society of Alberta seminars and has instructed the Wills and Estates Bar Admission Course to Articling Students. Elizabeth is a past member of the Estate Planning Council of Calgary and the Volunteer Lawyers Society, Calgary.

Elizabeth has presented at numerous seminars for local community groups, charitable organizations and corporate sponsors. She has volunteered at the Kerby Centre Legal Advocacy Clinic and served on the board of the New Heights Early Learning Society. Elizabeth currently dedicates her volunteer time to persons with developmental disabilities, a group close to her heart. To that end, she volunteers with the Ability Hub as a speaker and committee member and with the Autism Aspergers Friendship Society as a director and officer.

Areas of Practice

  • Wills & Estate Planning
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Personal Directives
  • Estate Administration
  • Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Applications


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