Nicole L. Garton has been a lawyer since 2001 and the principal of a boutique law firm in West Vancouver since 2005, focusing on wills and estates and family law matters.
Nicole co-founded Heritage Trust with Brian Dougherty, B.Comm., CPA, CA. Incorporated under the Financial Institutions Act (British Columbia), Heritage Trust is a privately owned, non-deposit taking, independent trust company with no affiliation to big banks or investment firms.
Nicole has many years of experience advising on all aspects of estate planning and administration, including wills, powers of attorney and trusts, as well as applications for probate and letters of administration. In her role as a lawyer with Heritage Law, Nicole is the Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Wills and Trusts Subsection (Vancouver). Nicole is a Trust and Estates Practitioner (TEP), a Chartered Mediator (C.Med) and a certified Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA).
Nicole received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2001. Nicole recently completed a Master of Laws from Osgoode Law School in Alternative Dispute Resolution, with a focus on dispute prevention and management for family businesses. Nicole is a member the Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners (STEP) and the Estate Planning Councils of Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Nicole volunteers and has leadership roles with a number of community non-profit organizations.