Joe Fingerote | Watson Goepel LLP

Joe Fingerote Associate

I strive to establish a personal connection with our clients by taking time to listen to their stories, understand their needs, and provide tailored advice to help navigate the present, and prepare for the future.”

Joe is an Associate in our Business Law Group. With a general business law practice, Joe has a particular focus on wills, trusts, and estate matters for a variety of clients across a number of sectors.

Prior to his move to BC, Joe studied and practiced as a lawyer in Saskatchewan and as a mediator via the mentorship program offered by the Dispute Resolution Office of the Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice. Joe maintains his connection to Saskatchewan as a sessional instructor with the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, where he teaches Negotiation to upper-year law students. Joe is also a guest lecturer at the U of S in Wills & Estates, in addition to coaching the College of Law competitive student moot teams. Joe’s mediation and negotiation students have competed across Canada and at the international level, most recently in Paris, Berkeley CA, and Chicago.

Prior to his legal career, Joe spent 20 years in the media industry with CBC Radio Two and other creative organizations, primarily in live music recording and broadcast.

When not working, Joe likes to continue his long-standing interest in music, albeit now from the audience perspective as a regular concertgoer and slightly obsessive record-collector.

 

Education:

  • J.D., University of Saskatchewan, 2017
  • Mus, University of Manitoba, 1996

Bar:

  • British Columbia, 2018
  • Saskatchewan, 2018

 

Professional and Community Affiliations

Member, Canadian Bar Association

Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)

Member, Collaborative Divorce BC

Board of Directors, Muzewest Concerts, Vancouver BC

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17 February 2022

Important Components of Estate Planning

You have probably heard the phrase, “With a will, there’s a way…” As estate planners, we take that quite literally! Good planning now can help reduce probate fees, taxes and unintended anguish for your beneficiaries, friends and loved ones, after you are gone. In previous weeks we talked about two of the fundamental elements for…

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9 February 2022

The Use of Trusts in Estate Planning

In our previous article, we have touched on the basics of setting up an estate plan. Apart from making a Will, you can also consider setting up your Trusts as part of your estate plan. Do you know an estate plan can include two types of trusts? Let’s recap on the concept of Trusts A…

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24 January 2022

Estate Planning Essentials

Let’s face it, making an estate plan is probably not the activity on the top of your to-do list. Most Canadians do not have a valid will. However, having an estate plan is one of the most important things you can do for the people you care about. If you are new to the concept…

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