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Cynthia Hiebert-Simkin is a partner with Tradition Law LLP, Estates and Trusts. Called to the Bar in Manitoba in 1993, Cynthia currently practices in the area of Wills, Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and also deals with Elder Law issues on a regular basis. Eight years of family law practice gives her particular insight in estate planning issues for second families.
Cynthia is passionate about education and the importance of information in helping people make decisions about their legal rights. She has researched and lectured frequently on wills and estates issues, both to the public at large and professionally, nationally and locally. She has lectured nationally for the Canadian Bar Association and provincially for the Law Society of Manitoba, The Manitoba Bar Association and the Faculty of Law as well as for many community organizations. She sat on national ad hoc committees looking at issues such as health care decision making for incompetent individuals and estate planning issues arising from surrogate parenting situations. Cynthia taught “Wills and Succession” for two years at the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba and was the editor of the Law Society of Manitoba CPLED materials on probate and estate administration for 10 years. She is the co-editor of the “Wills and Estates Decisions” feature in Headnotes and Footnotes, providing monthly wills and estates case summaries and updates to lawyers in the Province of Manitoba. Cynthia was on the organizing committee for Will Week, an annual education program presented by The Public Guardian and Trustee of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Foundation and is a regular presenter for the program.
Cynthia is a past chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Wills, Trusts and Estates section and served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba. She is a past member of Women Business Owners of Manitoba and was a regular presenter for the program for many years.