James D. Steele

James Steele’s practice focuses on estate litigation.

Areas of Practice


James has a special interest in estate litigation. He has experience with:

  1. Claims involving the validity of Wills (undue influence, incapacity or delusions);
  2. Removal of executors for misconduct;
  3. Litigating claims against Estates;
  4. Challenging joint survivorship entitlements, involving estates;
  5. Executor compensation disputes;
  6. Claims involving defects in Wills, or interpretation of Wills;
  7. Representation of the estate during a passing of accounts;
  8. Removal of powers of attorney;
  9. Applications for guardianship.

James has published on estate litigation topics in numerous academic and practitioner publications. James has also presented at legal conferences on estate litigation, and has been retained to advise counsel on ongoing estate proceedings.

Published Articles

Practitioner Articles

Academic Articles

Blog Articles


Community Involvement 

  • James’s life is balanced with his passion for music. James is extensively involved in fiddle music throughout Saskatchewan, performing regularly.  He is a former Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion, a six-time Grand North American Champion, and nine-time Saskatchewan Champion.  James is also a member of the Board of Directors for the John Arcand Fiddle Fest.
  • James is also on the board of editors of the Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch publication BarNotes.
  • James is a regular volunteer at pro bono Wills and Estates sessions held at the Saskatoon Public Library.
  • James was the 2019 winner of the Cam Partridge Memorial PLEA Volunteer of the Year Award.
  • Beginning in fall of 2020, James will be the Legislation and Law Reform Director for the CBA Saskatchewan Board.