Mike Simons works with clients in all areas of Estate Law including court applications for Grants of Probate to allow for the proper administration of an estate. Mike understands the strains and stresses of this process and actively fosters communication between the parties involved in order to resolve any issues that arise before they grow into conflict.
When conflict is unavoidable Mike applies his knowledge of Estate Law to Estate Dispute and Litigation matters including Family Maintenance and Support claims, working in conjunction with his litigation colleagues.
Mike enjoys helping clients with their Estate Planning, ranging from the preparation of straightforward Wills and related Trusts, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Personal Directives, as well as working in conjunction with other professional advisors to implement more complex tax-planned strategies. Family business succession planning is also a practice area that Mike looks forward to working in with both Business and AgriBusiness clients.
Mike carries on a busy practice in corporate, commercial and incorporation matters, and business transactions such as business purchases and sales, new business start-ups and mergers and acquisitions. He also deals extensively with clients working on the purchase and sale of both commercial and residential real estate and related financing.
As an active member of the legal community, Mike is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association including the Business Law and Real Property Law sections and is a Past Chair of the Wills, Estates and Trusts section. Mike also volunteers as a speaker/educator with the Legal Education Society of Alberta and the Edmonton Community Foundation.
Prior to entering into the practice of law Mike had a six-year career in the retail and wholesale wine and spirits industry and has been active in several political organizations and campaigns. As a partner with McCuaig Desrochers LLP, Mike assists clients with practical advice drawing upon his business, political and community experience.