Aaron Bickman, TEP

Aaron Bickman| Calgary Wills & Estates Law | McLEOD LAW
Bickman, TEP


Vickey Tims


Aaron is a senior practitioner in the Wills & Estates group of McLeod Law. He has a focus in the areas of wills, estate administration and estate litigation, and Represented Adult law. Aaron’s estate planning practice encompasses personal and business succession planning, inter vivos trusts, and planning for incapacity. In his estate administration practice, he represents executors, beneficiaries and claimants.

Aaron also assists clients with complex cases involving capacity, Powers of Attorney/Personal Directives and Trusteeship/Guardianship issues. 

In addition to the forgoing, Aaron also practices in the areas of real estate and corporate law.

Professional Experience

  • Representing clients at both the Provincial Court (Civil) and the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench for various estate, Represented Adult and civil litigation matters
  • Preparation of wills, enduring powers of attorney and personal directives
  • Preparation of all documentation required for the administration and probate of estates
  • Preparation of all documentation required in Represented Adult matters
  • Preparation of documentation required in corporate transactions, including (but not limited to) incorporations, share issuances, purchase/sale of a business (asset and share), borrowing, lending, leasing, contract drafting and review, unanimous shareholders agreements, and succession planning
  • Preparation of all documentation required in residential real estate purchase and sale transactions, including mortgage documentation

Teaching Roles

  • Legal Education Society of Alberta, Presenter on Advanced Estate Administration, May 2, 2018 (Edmonton) and May 11, 2018 (Calgary)
  • Legal Education Society of Alberta, Presenter at "Wills and Estates Practice Fundamentals" (CPLED), November 2016, March 2018
  • Contributor, "Wills & Estates Practice Manual”, Legal Education Society of Alberta, 2016
  • Legal Education Society of Alberta, Updates to Chapter 12, Accounting and Expenses, from the 2016 Alberta Estate Administration manual, 2015-2016
  • Legal Education Society of Alberta, Presenter of "Wills and Estates Practice Fundamentals" (CPLED), October 2014
  • Editor for Alberta materials in Tables of National Concordance, CBA Wills and Trusts section (2011 and 2012)
  • Legal Education Society of Alberta, Chair at "Wills and Estates for Legal Support Staff", September 2012 (Edmonton) and October 2012 (Calgary)
  • Legal Education Society of Alberta, Updates to Chapter 12, Remedies from the 2007 Alberta Residential Conveyancing Guide, October 2011
  • Legal Education Society of Alberta, Presenter at "Real Estate Boot Camp", November 2009 (Edmonton) and December 2009 (Calgary)

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, "Advanced Estate Administration", Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA), Edmonton, May 2, 2018 | Calgary,  May 11, 2018
  • Presenter, "Wills and Estates Case Update", Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners, January 2018
  • Presenter, "Limited Grants - What's The Rush?", CBA Alberta South Residential Real Property Section, November 2017
  • Presenter, "Estate Planning", Friends of Fish Creek, October 2017
  • Presenter, "Planning for Incapacity", Retired Teachers Association, April 2017
  • Presenter, University of Alberta, Personal Planning, October 2016
  • Presenter, "Wills 101", Beth Tzedec Synagogue, October 2016
  • Presenter, "Obligations of an Executor/Trustee/Attorney to Properly Account: Beyond the Basics & Tales from the Trenches", Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners, Calgary, October 2016

Professional Associations & Activities

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Board Member, Calgary Bar Association, 2017 - present
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch (South):
    • Member, Business Law Section
    • Law Student Mentor
    • Past Co-Chair and Executive Member, Wills and Trusts Section
    • Past Chair and Executive Member, Residential Real Estate Section
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

Community Involvement

  • Jewish National Fund of Canada
    • Past President, Calgary Board of Directors
    • Member, National Board of Directors 2014-2017
  • Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch (South):
    • Member, Provincial Council
    • Co-Chair, Wills and Succession Act Committee, Wills and Trusts Section
    • Co-Chair, Law Day Committee (2009/2010 and 2012) and Law Day volunteer 2008-2015
    • Member, Alberta Law Conference Committee (2012, 2014 and 2016)
  • Legal Archives Society of Alberta, Board Member
  • Pro Bono Law Alberta - Queen’s Bench Amicus Court Assistance Programs - Volunteer
  • "Technical Discussions" with Alberta Justice and Wills and Estates specialists regarding the proposed amendments to the Matrimonial Property Act contained within the Wills and Succession Act (May 2012)
  • Consultation with the Office of the Public Trustee for the Province of Alberta on a committee including the Public Trustee for the Province of Alberta and senior Wills and Estates practitioners regarding the implementation of the new Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act and Regulations thereto (May 2009)
  • Calgary Surrogate Court Roundtable - participant in surrogate process review

Media Coverage

Aaron is a renowned "trout whisperer" and can often be found in or on the banks of Southern Alberta's rivers and streams. If he is not on the water, you can find him on many local fairways and greens, or camped in the middle of nowhere with his wife and kids.