Wills Variation

A husband, wife, son or daughter has the right to bring a wills variation claim against the estate if a parent’s or partner’s will does not make adequate provision for his or her proper maintenance and support.

Estate Litigation

A beneficiary has the right to challenge a will or the will maker on the grounds of formalities, mental capacity and undue influence, and to hold estate trustees accountable for their management of estate assets.

Trust Litigation

A beneficiary has the right to recover damages for breach of trust when a trustee does not follow the terms of the trust or the law. Constructive trust and resulting trust are 2 important remedies for unpaid contributions, gifts and transfers into joint tenancy.

John Richter


John Richter is an experienced litigator and negotiator with over 25 years experience in estate litigation, including wills variation, trust litigation and estate litigation claims. He obtained his J.D from UBC and was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1991. John has appeared before every level of court in BC. Outside of the office, John is prolific skiier, tennis player, skiing and explorer of British Columbia’s communities by motorcycle, snowmobile and vehicle.

Amanda James


Amanda joined Richter Trial Lawyers in 2015 after obtaining her JD at Thompson Rivers University. Her practice is geared towards helping people resolve their legal disputes in the areas of family, estate, personal injury and general litigation. She has appeared at every level of court in British Columbia representing and advising clients on a range of family, estate, and contract disputes.

Alina Chekh


Alina Chekh joined Richter Trial Lawyers as an articling student in 2018 after working at a boutique family law firm in downtown Vancouver. Alina is focuses her practice on family law, but also has experience in estate, personal injury and general civil litigation. She has appeared as legal counsel before both the Provincial Court and Supreme Court of British Columbia. In addition to her litigation experience, she has also represented clients at mediations and negotiations.