Anna Chen Associate

Speaks:  English, Mandarin

Year of Call: 2018 - Ontario

Year of Call: 2015 - British Columbia

Primary office:  Toronto

Anna Chen

Anna Chen is a litigation lawyer in Gowling WLG's global Private Client Services Group, focusing on estate litigation and estate law.

Anna assists clients when disputes arise involving wills, trusts, inheritances, estate administration and family property division. She helps clients resolve these issues through negotiation, mediation and litigation, when necessary.

Anna represents executors, administrators and trustees, heirs and beneficiaries. She prosecutes and defends claims to best serve the needs of her clients. Her estate litigation experience includes advising on:

  • claims for unjust enrichment;
  • applications to remove an executor or trustee;
  • claims to challenge an alleged will or trust or to prove their validity;
  • applications for guardianship;
  • applications for dependants' support; and
  • proceedings to obtain court interpretation of wills and related documents, in addition to many other matters.

Anna also practises family law, assisting on matters such as property division claims, spousal support disputes and family law claims against estates. Estate law and family law often intersect, and Anna has a particular interest in bridging the two areas of law.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2023

  • 2022

  • 2018

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2015

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, British Columbia
  • 2014

    • Education
      University of Toronto, JD
  • 2011

    • Education
      University of British Columbia, BA, International Relations and Political Science
    • Community
      Look Good Feel Better, Member of Committee4Her
    • Community
      Pro Bono Ontario


  • Canadian Bar Association - Wills, Estates and Trusts Section, Member at large
  • Canadian Bar Association - Elder Law and Family Law Sections, Member

Author, "Significant Changes to Estate Rules May Come!," All About Estates Blog, March 12, 2021.

Author, "Removal of Executor/Estate Trustee for Perceived Conflict of Interest," All About Estates Blog, Feb. 12, 2021.

Author, "A Virtual Q&A Session on Holographic Wills," All About Estates Blog, May 15, 2020.

Author, "Testamentary Autonomy is a Constitutional Right? A finding that may impact Ontario dependants' support rules," All About Estates Blog, June 21, 2019.

Author, "The 'Rule of Convenience': Why Legacies May be Subject to 5% Interest," All About Estates Blog), Nov. 9, 2018.

Presenter, Introduction to Litigation in Canada, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Toronto, May 30, 2018.

Presenter, Wills Variation Considerations: Basics of Wills and Estate Planning, CLE BC – Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, May 17, 2017.

Presenter, "…everything must change?", BC Council of Marketing Board Seminar, Vancouver, Nov. 27, 2004.