Melanie Magnusson specializes in advising and representing clients with family, estate and tax concerns and disputes. She works strategically with her clients to not only resolve conflict but also to avoid it where possible. Melanie is experienced and qualified to represent clients in all out-of-court alternative dispute processes including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and collaborative family practice. When conflict escalates, Melanie is experienced and prepared to vigilantly advocate for her clients in court applications, trials and appeals.
Melanie works with clients to resolve all types of issues that can arise during times of significant change in family and estate situations.
Melanie spent her early years of legal practice as a tax litigator, and she continues to assist clients on select civil and criminal tax disputes against both the Canada Revenue Agency and the Provincial Ministry. Her tax knowledge also benefits her family and estate clients as she is always conscious of considering potential tax benefits and risks when negotiating settlements.
Melanie is drawn to the human aspect of law. Beginning with the first consultation, Melanie will learn about your individual interests and will work with you to put together a strategy and choose a process that always keeps your big picture in mind. She believes that each client has a story and a unique set of goals.
Melanie understands that family and estate disputes are deeply integrated with day to day life and are not necessarily limited to legal issues. Where appropriate, she collaborates with other professionals including financial specialists, accountants and business lawyers, counsellors, divorce coaches, child specialists and others. Melanie will seek to give you her undivided attention and work vigilantly with you to resolve your legal issues so that you can overcome the challenge of your family and estate dispute and feel empowered to move forward.
Melanie believes in living life fully. She sees every day as an opportunity to improve, learn something new, meet new people, indulge in new experiences and make a difference in the world. Melanie is passionate about travelling and exploring above and below the sea (she is a certified advanced level PADI scuba diver) in the countries she visits. A personal trainer before attending law school, Melanie lives an active lifestyle in Vancouver and particularly enjoys dancing and participating in a variety of outdoor adventures and activities.