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Eleanor is an associate at Carbert Waite and has been with the firm since she began her legal career. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she obtained a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Victoria and worked for several years in academia as a social science researcher.

Eleanor obtained her law degree from the University of Calgary and received the Faculty of Law Silver Medallion for achieving high academic standing and making a significant contribution to her community by leading access to justice programs.

Eleanor has a general practice in civil litigation including employment law, contractual disputes, professional negligence, and estate litigation and administration. She also assists clients with estate planning, focusing primarily on wills, personal directives and enduring power of attorneys.

Eleanor continues to lead and participate in community service programs. She is a founding director of the Great Bar Band Battle Society, an organization that hosts fundraising events to raise money for access to justice in Calgary. She is also a director on the Board of Pro Bono Law Alberta and volunteers with the Civil Claims Duty Counsel Program, where she provides free legal advice to self-represented litigants in Provincial Court.


  • University of Alberta (B.A., 2007)
  • University of Victoria (M.A., 2010)
  • University of Calgary (J.D., 2015)

Professional Memberships

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

Ones to Watch: Labour and Employment Law 2022

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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