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.

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

Media

  • 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.

CONTACT

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

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Related News and Articles

Saskatchewan Estate Litigation Update: Leier v Probe, 2021 SKQB 41 – Removal of an executor for failure to account

A recent case from the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench reminds us of the importance to always account for transactions made acting as a power of attorney, or, as an executor. Leier v Probe involved an application by Christopher Leier, to remove Barrie Probe, as...

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Steele Published in CBA Bar Notes

James Steele recently published a book review of former Chief Justice McLachlin’s memoir, which recounts her role as the first woman Chief Justice, and her time as the longest-serving Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Call for feedback on behalf of the CBA

James Steele is Legislation and Law Reform Director of CBA Saskatchewan. Comments are invited on the SK Government’s ongoing development of Regulations to support The Financial Planners and Financial Advisors Act. CBA Members are welcomed to review the Ontario draft...

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