Rankings

Darren Stewart is top-ranked by Leading Global Rankings Agencies and Directories.

Professional Background

Darren Stewart is Partner in the Insurance and Wills and Estates Practice Group at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP.

Darren Stewart has practiced law for more than ten years and has maintained a focus on estate and trust litigation. Darren often counsels clients in avoiding and resolving disputes without requiring court intervention. He also has extensive experience in the courtroom, and can run a trial as needed to better secure the best possible outcomes.

Darren specializes in representing beneficiaries or executors in a wide variety of disputes, or circumstances requiring court intervention that arise in the context of the administration of a deceased person’s estate. Darren has achieved success in bringing and defending claims to vary a will and claims involving allegations of incapacity against a will-maker. Darren also has a specialty in handling guardianship issues.

Additionally, Darren has worked in the defense of insured liability claims involving injury, occupiers’ liability, property damages or professional liability claims brought against a variety of professionals. He also represents extra-provincial automobile insurers in claims brought against their insureds in British Columbia.

Darren is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Vancouver, and he is a frequent writer on estate and trust-related topics.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (English and Professional Writing), University of Victoria: 2002
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia: 2009
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar: 2010

Rankings + Recognitions

Estate litigation

• Represented beneficiary children or spouses in bringing a successful claim under the Wills, Estates and Succession Act to vary the will of their parent and where necessary conducted a trial to achieve that result
• Successfully challenged or defended claims brought to reverse a gift that was made during the life of a deceased person – such as the transfer of a home or bank account into trust with another family member
• Assisted executors, administrators or trustees to pass accounts and administer estates in variety of different circumstances, including where litigation is threatened or a difficult relationship with or among the beneficiaries exists
• Proved or challenged the validity of planning documents such as a power of attorney or will due to undue influence or incapacity due to age, illness or injury
• Brought or defended unjust enrichment claims
• Assisted executors or beneficiaries in disputes over executor’s fees or accounts
• Worked with family members where financial abuse of an elderly or disabled individual has occurred

Other

• Defending injury or occupiers’ liability claims brought against insured individuals or businesses
• Conducting subrogated claims
• Defending claims brought against drivers insured by U.S. based insurers after accidents that occur in British Columbia
• Defending claims brought against construction or other professionals for damage to property or injury

Publications