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Eleanor’s practice focuses on estate planning and administration as well as on estate litigation. She also practices medical malpractice defence litigation.

Eleanor’s estate law practice is wide ranging, from drafting wills to litigation and mediation of estate disputes. She is empathetic and understands the complex family dynamics and emotional circumstances of estate disputes. She seeks to empower her clients and ensure that they understand the legal processes, their rights, their risks, and their options. 

In her estate drafting and administration practice, Eleanor works with clients to develop personalized estate and incapacity plans. She prepares wills, enduring powers of attorneys, and personal directives as well as guardianship and trusteeship applications. In her administration practice Eleanor prepares probate and grant of administration applications and advises personal representatives throughout the estate administration process. 

Eleanor’s estate litigation and mediation practice focuses on will challenges based on capacity and interpretation, applications for advice and direction, removal and replacement of personal representatives, trustee compensation, contested accounting, and power of attorney litigation. She is experienced in challenging wills for dependent support through maintenance and support claims for spouses and adult children. 

Eleanor is a student member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is working towards her designation as a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP). In 2023, Eleanor completed the Women in Law Leadership Education Program at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law.

Outside of office work, Eleanor is an advocate for access to justice initiatives. She is an executive member of the Board of Directors of Pro Bono Law Alberta. She is also a founding director of the Great Bar Band Battle Society, which hosts a battle of the bands fundraiser featuring musically inclined members of Calgary’s legal community. Since 2016, the Great Bar Band Battle Society has donated over $150,000 to local organizations that support access to justice such as Calgary Legal Guidance, Student Legal Assistance and Pro Bono Law Alberta. 

Upon graduating law school Eleanor received the University of Calgary Faculty of Law Silver Medal. 


  • Bachelor of Arts, (Anthropology, Political Science), University of Alberta, 2007
  • Master of Arts (Cultural Anthropology), University of Victoria, 2010
  • Juris Doctor, University of Calgary, 2015, Dean’s List; Faculty of Law Silver Medallion (Campbell McLaurin Achievement Award)

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of Alberta (2016)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Association of Women Lawyers

You Need a Will? There Is a Way!

September 9, 2021

Estate planning is important to make sure your assets will be managed in the way you want after death. This article goes over the most important documents, including your will, power of attorney, and a personal directive.

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Carbert Waite LLP Lawyers Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada for 2022

August 31, 2021

Matthew Bobawasky and Eleanor Carlson have been awarded with Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

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What is the Cost of a Probate Lawyer?

February 8, 2021

In Alberta, probate is the court processes that prove the validity of a will and provides the power and control to the executor (also known as a personal representative) to act on the instructions left in the will. To apply for probate of an estate, the individual seeking to be…

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Carbert Waite January 28, 2021 Employment Law Webinar

February 3, 2021

On January 28, 2021 team members from Carbert Waite’s Employment Law group hosted a webinar on current employment law issues, focusing on: Top Employment Cases from 2020 Mandatory Vaccinations in the Workplace Bill 47: Ensuring Safety and Cutting Red Tape Act The webinar was moderated by Dylan Snowdon, who was…

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What Is Probate and Do I Need a Probate Lawyer?

October 13, 2020

Author: Eleanor Carlson I have been named executor of an estate in Alberta – What is probate and do I need a probate lawyer? In Alberta, probate is the court processes that prove the validity of a will and provides the power and control to the executor (also known as…

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Rule of Convenience

May 11, 2018

Agreeing to take on the role of personal representative (aka an executor) of an estate can be a big decision and in many circumstances, one that should not be taken lightly. This is particularly so as a personal representative has many legal responsibilities with respect to the estate he or…

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Eleanor Carlson in Advisor.ca

May 4, 2018

Eleanor Carlson in Advisor.ca Carbert Waite LLP associate Eleanor Carlson was recently quoted about the responsibilities of an executor in an Advisor.ca article on what happens when an estate gets reopened. See the article here.

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Eleanor Carlson in Dote Magazine

October 30, 2017

Eleanor Carlson in Dote Magazine Eleanor Carlson, an associate with Carbert Waite LLP, was interviewed by Dote Magazine on the matter of creating wills & estates. See the article here.

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Personal Injury Law Update: Dismissals for Long Delay (“Drop Dead Rule”)

July 26, 2016

The Alberta Rules of Court require a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit to advance an action towards trial. If a plaintiff does not “significantly advance” the action for three years, the Court must dismiss the action for “long delay” on application by the defendant. This is colloquially known as the…

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A Contract by Any Other Name: Hole v Hole, 2016 ABCA 34 (CanLII)

July 26, 2016

It may be trite to state that contracts are essential to business relations. It is a common perception that the words in a contract are determinative in understanding the parties’ rights and obligations. However, the words in the contract are sometimes just the starting point.

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