Farris LLP: Vancouver's Law Firm

Emma McArthur


Telephone, Vancouver Office: 604 661 9383

Facsimile, Vancouver Office: 604 661 9349

Telephone, Victoria Office: 250 405 1983

Facsimile, Victoria Office: 250 405 1984

Email: emcarthur@farris.com


Emma McArthur focuses her practice on estate planning, estate administration, incapacity planning and special purpose trusts. Emma develops and implements estate and tax planning strategies for individuals through the use of wills, powers of attorney, representation agreements for health care, co-ownership agreements and inter vivos trust documents. Emma also acts as counsel to trust companies and other financial institutions on related matters.

Emma is Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Wills and Trusts section - Vancouver. Emma has taught estate planning to lawyers in training at the Professional Legal Training Course and presents regularly at continuing education conferences for lawyers, accountants and financial planning professionals. Emma was recently a finalist for Vancouver Island’s Top 20 Under 40 which recognizes entrepreneurs and executives active in their local communities.


  • Chair, “Estate Planning Basics”, Pacific Business and Law Institute (January 2014)
  • “The Pitfalls of Inter Vivos Planning Including Gifting and Joint Tenancies”, Pacific Business and Law Institute (January 2014)
  • Facilitator, CLE Wills Drafting Workshop (May 2 and 3, 2013)
  • “British Columbia’s new Family Law Legislation: Implications for Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation” to Tiger 21 (March 14, 2013)
  • “Wills, Estates and Succession Act” to UBC Faculty Association, part of the UBC Financial Lecture Series (January 23, 2013)
  • “Using Trusts to Hold Canadian Recreational Property”, Pacific Business and Law Institute (June 2012) - Conference Co-Chair and Speaker
  • “The Will” Continuing Legal Education (May 2012)
  • “Update on the new Wills, Estates & Succession Act, the new Power of Attorney Act and the new Family Law Act”, Estate Planning Council of Abbotsford (May 2012)
  • “BC’s New Changes in Estate Planning Law”, Certied General Accountants Association of Canada (February 2012)
  • “Witnessing Powers of Attorney”, Pacific Business and Law Institute (December 2011)
  • Visiting Lecturer, “Tax and Estate Planning”, Simon Fraser University, Global Asset and Wealth Management MBA (2009)
  • Lecturer, “Wills”, Law Society of British Columbia, Professional Legal Training Course, Spring Session (2008)
  • Lecturer, “Protecting your assets: there is no silver bullet!”, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (October 23, 2007)
  • Lecturer, “Estate Planning”, Advocis Financial Planning School (October 22, 2007)


  • Michael J. Welters and Emma A. McArthur, “Pecore’s Troubles”, (2010) 29 Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal - winner of 2011 Widdifield Award for Excellence in Legal Writing.
  • “Powers of Attorney: can you afford to live without one?”, Leave a Legacy (October 2008)
  • “Powers of Attorney”, Leith Wheeler Fourth Quarter 2008, (October 2008)
  • “The Dangers of Joint Bank Accounts”, Leave a Legacy (October 2007)
  • Case Comment Mordo v. Nitting [2006] B.C.J. No. 3081, Wills & Trusts Section, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (January 30, 2007)


  • Past Chair, Canadian Bar Association - Wills and Trusts Section, Vancouver
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Estate Planning Council of Vancouver
  • Law Society of British Columbia


  • University of British Columbia (LL.B., 2004)
  • University of Victoria (B.A., 2001)

  • Best Lawyers in Canada (2019)
  • LexisNexis - Martindale-Hubbell: BV Distinguished® Peer Review Rated
  • Winner of 2011 Widdifield Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar (2005)