James D. Steele

James Steele’s practice focuses on estate litigation, insurance actions, and general civil litigation.

James has a special interest in estate litigation. He has experience with:

  1. Claims involving the validity of Wills (undue influence, incapacity or delusions);
  2. Removal of executors for misconduct;
  3. Litigating claims against Estates;  
  4. Challenging joint survivorship entitlements, involving estates;
  5. Executor compensation disputes;
  6. Claims involving defects in Wills, or interpretation of Wills;
  7. Representation of the estate during a passing of accounts;
  8. Removal of powers of attorney;
  9. Applications for guardianship.

James has published on estate litigation topics in numerous academic and practitioner publications. James has also presented at legal conferences on estate litigation, and has been retained to advise counsel on ongoing estate proceedings. James has also previously guest lectured at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law on issues of estate litigation.

James also publishes a blog on Saskatchewan estate law, at skestatelaw.ca

Prior to studying law, James earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), graduating with Great Distinction. While earning his Juris Doctorate of Law at the U of S, James was awarded the P.E. Mackenzie Prize for the highest academic standing in the Evidence course and served as student editor of the Saskatchewan Law Review.

Practitioner Articles

Academic Articles

Blog Articles


  • Presentation to the Funeral and Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan (May 2021);
  • Presentation to Law Society of Saskatchewan seminar on estate litigation (June 2021);
  • Regular presenter at pro bono seminars at the Saskatoon Public Library, on wills and estates (2019 to date);
  • Presentation on estate litigation to the CBA Wills, Estates & Elder Law North section (March 2021);
  • Presentation on estate litigation to the Wills Class – University of Saskatchewan College of Law (February 2021);
  • Co-Presentation with RBC on Wills & Estates (March 2021) ;
  • Co-presentation with M. Kim Anderson, Q.C., for the Saskatchewan Regional Parks Association Seminar, April 5, 2019 (effective enforcement of bylaws and leases by Regional Parks);
  • Co-presentation with M. Kim Anderson, Q.C., for the Saskatchewan Regional Parks Association Fall Seminar, October 21, 2016 (Campsite leases);
  • Co-presentation with M. Kim Anderson, Q.C., for the Saskatchewan Regional Parks Association Fall Seminar, April 7, 2017 (Eviction of tenants and other lease issues);
  • Co-presentation with Sean Sinclair, before the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association, April 20, 2017 (Challenging of Wills);
  • Co-presentation with Sean Sinclair, before the CBA Wills, Estates and Elder law Section, September, 2017 (Estate Litigation);
  • Co-presentation with Curtis Onishenko, to the 2019 CBA Mid-winter meeting (Estate Litigation);
  • Presentation to the Saskatoon Estate Planning Council, March 12, 2019 (Litigation Involving Power of Attorneys)
  • James’s life is balanced with his passion for music. James is extensively involved in fiddle music throughout Saskatchewan, performing regularly.  He is a former Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion, a six-time Grand North American Champion, and nine-time Saskatchewan Champion.  James is also a member of the Board of Directors for the John Arcand Fiddle Fest.
  • James is also on the board of editors of the Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch publication BarNotes.
  • James is a regular volunteer at pro bono Wills and Estates sessions held at the Saskatoon Public Library.
  • James was the 2019 winner of the Cam Partridge Memorial PLEA Volunteer of the Year Award.
  • Beginning in fall of 2020, James will be the Legislation and Law Reform Director for the CBA Saskatchewan Board.


Direct: (306) 933-1338
Main: (306) 652-7575
Fax: (306) 652-2445
Email: j.steele@rslaw.com

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