Hugh S McLellan

Hugh S McLellan

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
800-449-4858 (Toll Free)

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Wills, Estate and Trust Litigation
  • Wills and Estates
  • Adult Guardianship
  • Elder Law
  • Mediation

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 1983


  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    • Bachelor of Law - 1982
  • Delbrook Senior Secondary School, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - 1974
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    • Bachelor of Commerce - 1979

Published Works

  • Patient's Property Act and Litigation Issues, Continuing Legal Education, Incapacity, 1988
  • Wills Topics, Pacific Seniors Review, 1991
  • Committee of Estate and Person, B.C. Medical Journal , 1993
  • The New Legislation, Continuing Legal Education, Incapacity, 1993
  • Preliminary Matters, Continuing Legal Education, Estate Litigation, 1994
  • Managing the Affairs of Legally Incapacitated Adults, Canadian Bar Association , Annual National Meeting, 1995
  • Identify the Enemies and the Weapons - Taking Instructions, Pacific Business and Law Institute, The War on Wealth Transfer, 1996
  • Costs, Continuing Legal Education, Estate Litigation, 1997
  • Trusts Wills and Estates, Carswells, Guide to Law for Accountants, 1998
  • The Problem Assets, Pacific Business and Law Institute, Tough Issues in Estate Administration , 1998
  • Gifts Made Prior to Death, Pacific Business and Law Institute, Acting for the Dying Client, 1998
  • Defensive Interviewing: Information From Third Parties, Continuing Legal Education,, Wills Estates and Trusts Conference, 1998
  • The Patients Property Act, Pacific Business and Law Institute, Working With the New Adult Guardianship Legislation , 1999
  • Trusts For the Disabled and Infant Settlement Trusts, Pacific Business and Law Institute, Using the Estate Planners Most Valuable Tool: The Trust, 1999
  • The New Legislation, Continuing Legal Education, Coordinator, Adult Guardianship, 2000
  • Background to the Acts and Introduction to the Changes, Continuing Legal Education, Coordinator, Adult Guardianship, 2001
  • B.C.’s Adult Guardianship Laws: A Lawyer’s Perspective, NAELA, Annual Conference, 2001
  • Adult Guardianship and Elder Law Issues, Continuing Legal Education, Coordinator, 2002
  • Grants of Probate and Administration, Trial Lawyers Association, Estate Litigation: Attacking the Will , 2002
  • Adult Guardianship Legislation in B.C., Lorman, Estate Planning, 2003
  • Overview of Adult Guardianship in B.C., Dye and Durham , Adult Guardianship, 2003
  • Elder Law Comes of Age, Yukon Bar Association, 2004
  • The Development of Elder Law in Canada, International Public Trustee Conference, 2004
  • Forum on Medical Legal Issues for Alzheimer’s Patients, Legal Issues, Alzheimer’s Society, 2004
  • Practise Tips For Elder Law, Continuing Legal Education, Coordinator, Elder Law, 2004
  • Developing an Elder Law Practise, National Elder Law CLE, Planning for Later Life
  • Elder Abuse: Recognition and Response , Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Legal Conference, Coordinator, CLE , 2005
  • Dying With Dignity: How Effective are Advance Directives at the End of Life?, National Elder Law CLE, Planning for Later Life, Part II
  • Powers of Attorney Best Practises, Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Legal Conference, Coordinator, CLE, 2006
  • Diminished Capacity: Facing the Challenges of the Aging Client, Continuing Legal Education, Estate Planning: Tackling the Tough Issues, 2006
  • Aging Death and Divorce: the Big Three and the Perfect Storm, CLE, Coordinator, 2007
  • Administering Wills Without Probate, Pacific Business and Law Institute, Taxation and Estate Planning: The Advanced Issues, 2008
  • Elder Law, CLE, Coordinator , 2009
  • Wills Estates and Succession Act Transition Guide, CLE, 2010
  • Incapacity Planning: The New Law, CLE, Coordinator, 2011
  • Representation Agreements, Pacific Business and Law Institute, Coordinator, The New Power of Attorney Legislation: Practical Challenges, 2011
  • Practise Notes, Gordon, R. et al, (2000 to date), Annotated B.C. Guardianship Statutes
  • Estates and Trust Reports, Carswells, Editor for Western Canada, 1995 to date
  • Financial and Estate Planning for the Mature Client in British Columbia , Butterworths – Lexis Nexis, (2000 to date) Contributing Co-Editor


  • Professional Legal Training Course (wills)
  • Continuing Legal Education (incapacity, estate litigation, adult guardianship, elder law)
  • Law Society of B.C., 2002, Elder Law
  • Canadian Bar Association, National Convention 2002, 2005, 2006 (elder law)
  • Canadian Bar Association, various subsections (estate litigation, adult guardianship)
  • Pacific Business and Law Institute (estate planning)
  • B.C. Medical Association (estate planning)
  • UBC Continuing Studies (estate planning, incapacity and elder abuse)
  • SFU Geriatric Studies (adult guardianship)
  • VGH Geriatric Psychiatry Outreach (incapacity and elder abuse)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants (estate planning)
  • CGA Association of B.C. (estate planning)
  • Peoples Law School (wills, probate, estate planning, trusts, incapacity, adult guardianship)
  • Pacific Capability Evaluation Clinic (incapacity)
  • Retirement Planning Institute (estate planning)
  • Society of Notaries Public (adult guardianship)
  • Canadian Association of Gift Planners (mediation, passing of accounts)
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Authority - Caregiver Support Program (adult guardianship)
  • Estate Planning Councils (adult guardianship)
  • Society of Trust and Estate Planners (adult guardianship)
  • various trust companies and not for profit societies (estate planning, adult guardianship)

Honors and Awards

  • Canadian Bar Association, Community Service award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association, National Elder Law Section: Founding Vice-Chair, National Elder Law Section 2002, past Chair
  • Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Elder Law Subsection: Founding Chair, 2003
  • Canadian Bar Association, Vancouver Wills & Trust Subsection: Past Chair; Legislative Liaison 1995 to 2002
  • Canadian Bar Association, Provincial Council, Member, 1991, 2003
  • Canadian Bar Association appointed representative to Adult Guardianship Law Reform committee
  • Canadian Bar Association, 2005 Canadian Legal Conference committee member
  • British Columbia Law Institute, Succession Law Reform Project committee member
  • British Columbia Law Institute, Probate Rules Project committee member
  • Trial Lawyers Association of B.C., Member
  • Estate Planning Council of Vancouver, Member
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (U.S.), Member
  • Western Canada Society to Access Justice, pro bono legal clinic on estate litigation

Past Employment Positions

  • Macauly McColl, Barristers & Solicitors, Lawyer, 1983 - 1992