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Stephen Hsia (夏明义)

Associate Fasken
Strong families and organizations grow with strong advisors
Jurisdiction British Columbia, 2014 | Ontario, 2014
Language(s) Chinese (Mandarin), French, English
Office(s) Vancouver

[Stephen’s] assistance given so generously, so promptly, and so efficiently helped us to establish a fund which will assist those suffering severe hardship as a result of the coronavirus” – Pro Bono Client & Retired Justice (2020)

Stephen is a lawyer who specializes in trusts, wills, estates, corporate law, and charities law.

Clients come to Stephen for clear, common-sense, and cost-effective solutions for their estate planning, business planning, and philanthropic goals.

Stephen has expertise in: 

  • Corporate Reorganizations and Estate Freezes
  • Charities, Foundations, Not-for-Profits, Societies, and Board Governance
  • Trusts: Family Trusts, Alter Ego Trusts, Joint Partner Trusts, Disability Trusts, Bare Trusts, Charitable Trusts
  • Wills and Testamentary Trusts
  • Enduring and Limited Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Representation Agreements and Advance Directives
  • Joint Ownership Planning
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Cohabitation and Marriage Agreements
  • Life Insurance Trust Declarations
  • Pensions and Benefit Plans
  • Income Tax
  • Sales and Transfers of Businesses 

Stephen’s clients include business owner-operators, entrepreneurs, professionals, retirees, young families, multigenerational families, charities, schools, directors, trustees, and executors. Stephen believes in a “team-first” approach and works closely with clients and their advisors, accountants, family offices, and referral sources.

Previously a litigator, Stephen also has significant dispute resolution experience. He has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia and had clerked for three judges at the Ontario Court of Appeal. Stephen’s background gives him the insights and instincts to protect his clients’ interests by keeping them out of court or giving them the strongest possible hand for it.

Stephen returned to Vancouver after studying and working for more than a decade across the United States, Asia, and Ontario. A community servant at heart, Stephen is committed to using his trade to help build up strong families and organizations in B.C., united in a common family and corporate vision.

  • Recognized as Ones to Watch in Tax Law in Vancouver, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022
  • Legal and Literary Society Award, for Significant Contributions to Community Life, Osgoode Hall Law School 2013
  • Top 3% of Graduating Class, Osgoode Hall Law School 2013
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  • In-Depth Income Tax Course - Parts I, II & III Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • JD, (Top 3% of Class) Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • AB, cum laude, Public Policy Princeton University

Community involvement

  • Director, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Multi-Level Care Society (2019-present)
  • Director and Mentor, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (2016-2018)
  • Director, Christian Respite Family Services (2015-2017)
  • Legal Reviewer, People's Law School

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (Wills & Estates, Tax Subsections)
  • Member, American Bar Association
Resource Being an Executor People's Law School
Resource Preparing Your Will People's Law School
Resource Private Client Services in Canada Lexology Navigator
Speaker Legacy Learning Series – Your Will: Experts Answer Your Top Questions Presented to the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Foundation Legacy Circle location location Vancouver, BC
Speaker 5 Common Estate Planning Questions Presented to the North Shore Multicultural Society (in Mandarin Chinese) location location Virtual Presentation
The Pitfalls of Joint Tenancy Presented to the CBA BC Elder Law Subsection location location Vancouver, BC


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