R Christopher Boulton
Chris Boulton became a lawyer in 1990. He specializes in the area of Wills and Estate Planning, including preparing basic and complex wills and everything in between, handling probate applications, assisting with estate settlement and estate accounting, handling disputes arising between families in regard to estate settlement and estate accounting and setting up trust agreements.
Mr. Boulton has developed a network of relationships with various accountants, financial planners and trust and estate planners who contribute to the effective handling of estate planning solutions, and assist in handling estates and estate taxation. Mr. Boulton is very aware of a variety of different planning solutions that can put in place to assist achieving better estate planning results.
Planning for incapacity is a related but separate area of practice, and includes preparing power of attorney and advance health care directive documents, dealing with incapacity issues on behalf of adults, handling Committeeship applications and occasionally advising in regards to disputes over the capacity of individuals.
Another related area of practice is assisting in completing non contested separation agreements, along with preparing marriage and cohabitation agreements, often in conjunction with estate planning and will preparation. Agreements such as these are particularly useful in remarriage situations where one or both parties are interested in protecting their assets.
Mr. Boulton particularly enjoys dealing with complicated and difficult situations and helping to resolve disputes over estates. Not every disputed case can be settled without court involvement but a surprisingly high percentage of those types of cases can be and Mr. Boulton has assisted many families in moving forward from estate disputes in a way that calms the situation and lowers the tension between family members.
Mr. Boulton is also very interested in the rights and capabilities of older persons and has experience dealing with elder abuse and mistreatment of older persons. Mr. Boulton has spoken frequently at seminars on the subject of prevention of elder abuse through an ongoing arrangement with the City of Surrey and the Surrey Crime Prevention Society.
Chris has lived in Surrey since 1994 and has been an active member of the community for many years. He has served in many volunteer capacities, including several years as a minor hockey coach with the Semiahmoo Minor Hockey Association, concluding in 2011 and previously with Surrey Minor Hockey Association. Chris is also a past president and director of the Surrey Crime Prevention Society. Chris believes strongly in being active in local community service.
Chris enjoys running, is a member of a local running club and competes in numerous running races throughout the year and has found new volunteering opportunities in this sport. Chris also enjoys cooking, reading, playing golf and watching sports. Chris has one son, who is a young adult.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Business Law
- Real Estate
- Wills, Estates and Trusts
- Divorce and Family Law
- British Columbia, 1990
- Queen's University, Faculty of Law, Kingston, Ontario, Canada