Onyx Team

Our staff share our dedication to client care. They bring years of experience in the profession to our work and stand by our clients as their cases proceed.

Candace Cho

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As the founder of Onyx Law Office, which is the predecessor of Onyx Law Group, Candace sought to build a law firm grounded in integrity and excellence, but to also act as a human face to the legal system for everyday people. Her litigation philosophy is to encourage settlement whenever possible to minimize cost and stress for her clients, but she will not hesitate to take matters to trial if she deems it necessary and in the best interests of her clients. Candace has extensive experience dealing with all aspects of estate litigation, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Wills variation actions (s. 60 of WESA)
  • Breach of fiduciary duty actions
  • Validity of Wills actions
  • Resulting trust actions
  • Dealing with problem executors and trustees
  • Passing of accounts for estates
  • Unjust enrichment and other constructive trust actions

Candace has also had experience dealing with clients coming from all walks of life, whether they are disinherited children, spouses, or caretakers, executors, beneficiaries, or disabled persons. She has acted primarily as plaintiff’s counsel, but has represented defendants in the past as well. In her free time, Candace enjoys traveling, cooking, dancing, singing, and yoga. She has a passion for social justice and microfinance to eradicate poverty. “Each client deserves my undivided attention and will be made to feel valued and heard. When clients place their trust in me as their advocate, they can be sure that I will represent them with vigilance, compassion and professionalism.” – Candace Cho

Areas of practice

  • 100% Estate Litigation Litigation Percentage
  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

British Columbia, 2009

Education

University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada J.D. – 2008 University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

University of British Columbia, Bachelor’s Degree of Commerce – 2005, Honours: Dean’s List, Major: Marketing

Classes/Seminars

  • How to Start Your Own Practice, UBC Faculty of Law, 2010 – 2012
  • How to Start Your Own Practice, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Young Lawyers Section, 2012
  • Representing Clients with Disabilities, Trial Lawyers Association of BC, Women Lawyers Annual Spa Retreat, October 2013
  • FLA meets WESA: What you don’t know will hurt you, Trial Lawyers Association of BC seminar “WESA:Everything a trial lawyer needs to know about the Wills, Estates and Succession Act”, June 2014
  • Fraudulent Conveyances, Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, “WESA for Family Lawyers”, October 2014
  • Building Your Estate Litigation Practice, Continuing Legal Education, Estate Litigation Basics, February 2016
  • Use Presumptions to Your Advantage or Lose, Trial Lawyers Association, Attacking the Will 4 Seminar, May 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association, Member, 2005 – 2012
  • Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2010 – 2012  Trial Lawyers of BC Women Lawyers Committee – 2012 to present
  • Federation of Canadian Asian Lawyers, Executive Board Member and Professional Development Committee member, 2011 – 2014

Languages

  • Cantonese Chinese
  • French
  • Spanish

Judgments

Hancock v. Hancock

Significant gifts given to children who had good relationships with the testator before a testator’s death were not found to be a valid reason for disinheritance in a wills variation action.  Substantial variation awarded to these children who maintained loving relationships with the Deceased. Read More…

Judgments

R.P.Johnson Trust

Capitalization drafting error in a trust indenture could have caused a payout to an entirely new class of beneficiaries not contemplated by the settlor. Luckily, the error was found by the Court to be a drafting error so that the settlor’s intention could be respected. Read More…

Judgments

Sevy v. Sevy

Trustee can be removed for the sole reason of a high level of conflict and discord between the Trustee and the beneficiaries of the trust. Actions taken by a trustee that go against the intention of the original settlor of the trust constitute a breach of trust and are grounds for that trustee’s removal. Read More…

Testimonials

“Candace I want to thank you for handling my case. You got me through all the barriers that the opposing counsel put in our way. I am sure your practice will grow and I will be sure to recommend you as counsel to others. You went out of your way to help me when others placed demands on me that I could not meet.”

Testimonials

“I found Candace to be thorough and very competent. She listened well and was very prompt with correspondence. She was very concerned about our well-being and showed compassion. Her work on our case is much appreciated.”

Testimonials

“I found Candace Cho to be a good listener, a smart lawyer, very knowledgeable in her field, and a wise adviser. Candace did exactly what she was retained to do and without the matter going to trial. Her work for us was professional throughout and her billing was fair and exact. I would not hesitate to retain Candace again and will highly recommend her to any and all who need legal counsel in matters of Estate Law, disputes concerning Wills and inheritance.”

Testimonials

“Candace Cho is the best lawyer I have ever had. She is very efficient, very calming, and very understanding. I was very amazed with the way she negotiates. I was also very impressed with how quickly she was able to settle my claim.”

Testimonials

“From start to finish with Candace, I felt informed, justified, and under the guiding hand of a true legal professional. Candace in every situation, through every meeting with any and all involved on either side, was prompt, prepared, and diligent. She is respectful and respected, she is direct, yet sensitive, a great listener, and a powerful communicator.”

Articles

When commencing an estate litigation action, Plaintiffs’ counsel must be careful to leverage every possible legal advantage in their clients’ favour because it is always an uphill battle....Read More...