F. Murray Pritchard, Q.C.

Murray Pritchard's extensive legal expertise includes wills and estate, real estate, corporate, commercial and agricultural legal matters. He has served as chair and director of many professional associations including the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Canadian and Lethbridge Bar Associations as well as the Estate Planning Association. He is also active in many local and regional public service and community activities.

Murray was born and raised in southern Alberta and has 4 daughters. He is an active skier, snowboarder, runner and climber.

Practice areas

Business Law

  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Incorporation
  • Reorganizations
  • Buy/sell agreements
  • Partnership agreements
  • Partnership and shareholder disputes
  • Private placement offerings
  • Business sales and purchases
  • Agriculture
  • Operating agreements
  • Sales and purchases
  • Quota acquisitions and transfers
  • Family farm planning and transfers

Real Estate Law

  • Residential sales and purchases
  • Development and subdivision projects
  • Commercial transactions
  • Mortgage financing
  • Commercial leases

Elder and Estate Law

  • Elder law issues
  • Will drafting
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Personal Directives (Living Wills)
  • Trusts including Family Trusts, inter-jurisdictional trusts and income trusts
  • Estate and trust administration
  • Contesting and setting aside invalid wills
  • Alternate dispute resolution

Appointments/Recognition

  • Queen's Counsel designate

Professional Activities

2013-2015 - Chairperson- City of Lethbridge - Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
2010-2011 - Co-Chairperson - Legal Education Society of Alberta - Wills and Estates (Banff refresher course)
2001-2009 - Chairman - Lethbridge/Macleod Association of Real Estate Practitioners
1998-1999 - Director - Lethbridge Bar Association
1994 - Chairman - Lethbridge Association of Estate Planner

Public Service and Community Activities

2013-2015 - Board Member - City of Lethbridge - Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
2011-2015 - Chairman - Rotary Club of Lethbridge - International Services Committee
2011-2015 - Board Member - University of Lethbridge - Planned Giving Advisory Committee
2010-2015 - Director - Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwest Alberta 2010-2011 - Director - New West Theatre
2008-2015 - Director - Uphill Both Ways Education and Relief Fund, Nepal
2008-2012- Director - Castle Mountain Resort
1996-2002 - Director - Castle Mountain Resort
1996-2002 - Chairman - Board of Directors - Castle Mountain Resort Inc.
1994 - Chairman - Board of Trustees - McKillop United Church
1992-1994 - Vice-President Operations - Canadian Ski Patrol System - Mountain Division
1991 - President - Kinsmen Club of Lethbridge
1990-1992 - President - Canadian Ski Patrol System - South Alberta Zone 

Publications and Seminars

  • Lethbridge Community College

Public Legal Education

Presentations

2014 - Legal Education Society - Issues of Incapacity
2011 - Banff Refresher Course - Wills and Estates
2002 - 2009 Annually - Executors Legal Rights and Responsibilities
2005 - Farm Succession Planning
2001 - Enduring Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives
2001 - Entrepreneurship and the Law
2000 - Contract Law
1999 - Small Business and the Law
1996 - Living Wills and Powers of Attorney
1994 - Condominiums and the Law

Public Seminars

1998 - Will Planning
1996 - Estate issues for Snow Birds

Education

1980-1983   University of Alberta - Faculty of Law
1978-1979   University of Calgary - Major Economics
1977-1978   University of Lethbridge