Roy Boettger
Roy Boettger
QC,
Counsel
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Roy Boettger, QC, is a Calgary-based lawyer and senior figure in Field’s Wills, Estates and Trusts practice group. Roy’s clients are typically based in Calgary and the surrounding area, but he also has experience providing counsel to clients located in other Canadian provinces and territories who have personal financial interests based in Alberta. Roy’s practice serves families and individuals in the development and updating of their estate planning arrangements, or to resolve issues which may have arisen from an existing estate planning or estate administration process.

Bringing more than 40 years of experience to clients of the firm, Roy is called on by families and individuals to assist in making the critical plans necessary to preserve and protect their wealth and ensure an effective transfer of wealth while mitigating against potential planning challenges such as spendthrift beneficiaries, future matrimonial breakdowns, estate and trust litigation and other estate-related matters. As asset protection considerations remain at the forefront of many Albertan’s minds, Roy remains vigilant regarding potential provincial and federal legislation changes which could impact families and their own individual wealth-transfer processes. Roy was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1992.

As a well-respected practitioner in the area of wills, trusts and estates, Roy has cultivated productive, positive relationships with his peers on both sides of the negotiating table – ultimately adding value for his own clients through his ability to maintain amicable relations throughout a dispute resolution process. Because Roy understands that no two families are the same and that personal situations and intentions vary widely, he regularly provides clients with a variety of potential solutions for their issue.

Clients come to Roy for complex, estate and trust-related issues such as:

•    Estate planning, including complex planning for high net worth families and individuals
•    Estate litigation
•    Dispute resolution 
•    Estate administration 
•    All matters relating to trusts 
•    Asset protection strategy development 

Roy’s extensive community involvement reflects his deep dedication to continuously enriching his community. Through relationship building and a sustained commitment, he uses his experience in service of others. Roy’s community involvement extends to Board posting on a number of prominent charitable and community-focused organizations in the city, including The Calgary Foundation – where he also served as Chairman, The Rotary Club of Calgary, Downtown – where he served as President and the Calgary Rotary Clubs Foundation – where he also served as Chairman. Roy’s current Board postings include the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and the McMahon Stadium Society. Roy also spent many years as an instructor for the Alberta Bar Admissions Course and lecturer for the Legal Education Society of Alberta.

Value to Clients

“Through active listening, and a sense of emotional intelligence, I attempt to provide clients with legal advice that doesn’t get caught up in process at the expense of what matters most: results. I know that when clients bring an issue to me, it is of critical importance to them and I counsel them accordingly. By focusing on results and solutions at the outset of an engagement, I work to save our client’s time and avoid unnecessary litigation costs in the future.” 

Outside the Office

Outside of his legal career, Roy spends leisure time with his wife, daughters and grandchildren. Whenever possible, he likes to travel, hike, and play golf.

Calgary Bar Association
Member
1973-Present
Canadian Bar Association, Wills and Trusts Section (South)
Member
1973-Present
Law Society of Alberta
1973-Present
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Fellow
1995 - Present
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Member
1999 - Present
Calgary Estate Planning Council
Member
1975-2012
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Calgary Branch
Founding Co-Chairman
1999
Calgary Estate Planning Council
Executive Committee
1982-1989
Calgary Estate Planning Council
President
1987-1988
Canadian Bar Association, Wills and Trusts Section (National)
Executive Committee
1979-1986
Canadian Bar Association, Wills and Trusts Section (National)
Chairman
1984-1986
Canadian Bar Association, Wills and Trusts Section (South)
Executive Committee
1975-1979
Canadian Bar Association, Wills and Trusts Section (South)
Chairman
1978-1979
Recognized for work in Trusts and Estates
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2006 - 2018
"Repeatedly Recommended" Estate & Personal Tax Planning, Estate & Tax Planning
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
1999 - 2017
AV Preeminent®
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
1990 - 2017
Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" in Calgary
Best Lawyers®
2009, 2014
Queen's Counsel
1992
The Rotary Club of Calgary
Member
1988 - Present
Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation
Director
2009 - Present
McMahon Stadium Society
Director & Vice President
2012 - Present
Calgary Rotary Clubs Foundation
Director
2011 - 2016
Calgary Rotary Clubs Foundation
President
2014 - 2015
The Rotary Club of Calgary
President
2008 - 2009
The Calgary Foundation
Director
1998 - 2007
The Calgary Foundation
Chairman
2002 - 2004
The Calgary Foundation
Development Committee
1996 - 2001
Rockyview General Hospital, Ethics Consultation Service
Member- Bio Ethics Committee
1987 - 1999
The Rotary Club of Calgary
Director
1991 - 1993
Anderson Estate, 2017 ABQB 422
Quaintance Estate (Re), [2005] A.J. No. 162, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Royal Trust Corp. of Canada v. A.S.(W.)S. [A.S.W.S.], [2004] A.J. No. 421, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Clark (Re), [2003] A.J. No. 576, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Weidenberger Estate (Re), [2002] A.J. No. 1157, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Benefield v. Alberta (Public Trustee), Benefield v. Alberta (Public Trustee), 2001 ABQB 242
Jensen Estate (Re), [2001] A.J. No. 174, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Sykes v. Herron, [2000] A.J. No. 742, Alberta Surrogate Court
Sulperto Ltd. Retirement Plan Fund v. Sulpetro Ltd. (Receiver of), [1989] A.J. No. 176, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
RE VAN DEN BON, [1980] A.J. No. 760, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Education
University of Alberta, 1973, Bachelor of Laws
University of Calgary, 1970, Bachelor of Arts
Admissions
Alberta,1974