Rutsu Shikano

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Rutsu is a lawyer in the Estate and Wealth Advisory Group.  She advises small business owners, professionals, families and individuals on their business planning and personal planning needs.  She takes a holistic approach to work with the client’s existing team of professional advisors to develop practical and tax efficient plans catered to the client’s unique situation and goals.

Rutsu is currently on maternity leave, and her expected return date is September, 2019. In her absence, please contact Atsuko Takahashi for support.

After completing her articles with the firm in 2013, Rutsu joined the Estate and Wealth Advisory Group.


  • Advise and assist clients with their personal estate and incapacity planning, including the preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney, Representation Agreements, Inter-vivos Trusts, and Marriage/Cohabitation Agreements
  • Advise and assist clients in probate applications and the administration of estates and trusts
  • Advise and assist business owners with their corporate planning, including succession planning, re-organizations and estate freezes
  • Advise and assist business owners with various corporate and business law issues, including the incorporation of British Columbia companies, the incorporation of BC professional corporations, preparation of shareholders’ agreements, and corporate transactions


Visiting Volunteer Lawyer, Inherit Your Rights (Tanzania, Africa)

Past Mentor, Take a Hike – Youth at Risk Foundation

Past Director, Japanese Canadian Citizens Association of Greater Vancouver

Rutsu immigrated to Vancouver with her family from Japan when she was three years old.  During her free time, she enjoys traveling abroad and hiking with her surprisingly athletic pug on the North Shore mountains. Rutsu recently spent time volunteering in Tanzania where she helped local women understand their human rights, property rights, inheritance rights and family law matters.