Our Team

Kenneth C. Pope – LLB TEP

Kenneth C. Pope is one of the most experienced practitioners in Ontario providing services to families with a family member with a disability, and has focused his practice to help them put in place Henson trusts, which ensure that the child with a disability will not lose provincial disability benefits as a result of their inheritance. He also acts on behalf of clients to deal with Canada Revenue Agency to back file disability related tax credits and recapture substantial amounts of taxes which should not have been paid. Recovered amounts are typically $16,000 to $22,000.

His goal is to ensure that his clients will be able to plan effectively for the future of their family members. This includes the use of trusts for family members to minimize taxes payable on income earned from inheritances.

With over 30 years’ experience, Ken’s clients benefit from his knowledge and foresight. Ken’s practice extends across Ontario and into other provinces.

He has been helping families to think through their future needs, and to provide for their families with appropriate arrangements, since 1980. In his practice, Ken tailor-makes solutions so that all his clients can take care of these important responsibilities and enjoy peace of mind. His knowledge and experience with Estate Planning offers his clients the full range of options suitable for their situation, all provided by a single source law firm.

Email: Kpope@kpopelaw.ca
Tel. 613-567-9724 Ext 111

Christiane Marchand – Finance, Media & Communications

Christiane has been part of the team since 2013 and is responsible for the accounting, media & communications at our firm. Aside from maintaining our office’s accounting functions; Christiane also manages our media content, webinars and outreach.

Christiane has been working in the accounting field since 2003 and has had her own freelance practice since 2012. She loves analyzing data, creating efficiency, learning and growing.

On her down time you can find her on long walks or hikes with her dog, listening to informational podcasts, meditating, or doing yoga. Christiane is passionate about animals, nature, connection, kindness, wellness and living her best life.

Email: Christiane@kpopelaw.ca
Tel. 613-567-9724 Ext 113

Crystal Terris – Licensed Paralegal

Crystal graduated with honours and obtained her Paralegal License in 2012, she has been appointed by The Attorney General as a Notary Public. She has been part of Kenneth C. Pope’s team since 2014.

As a Paralegal, Crystal protects her client’s ODSP benefits by exempting assets and protecting inheritances received by her clients, who are ODSP recipients. Crystal also helps client’s obtain the Disability Tax Credit and she identifies and recaptures any missed tax credit opportunities such as the Caregiver Tax Credit, the Disability Tax Credit and the Child Disability Credit. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outside and can usually be found at the local arena watching her sons play hockey.

Email: Crystal@kpopelaw.ca
Tel. 613-567-9724 Ext 101

Dianne Verano – JD, JD (American), BA, BSc

Dianne enjoys assisting clients in regards to their disability benefits, estates, trusts, guardianships, disability-related tax matters and financial planning matters. She was called to the bar in Ontario, and holds both a JD from the University of Windsor, and a JD from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Before joining our office, her articles focused on appeals at the Social Benefits Tribunal, applications at the Landlord and Tenant Board, and refugee matters regarding appeals, judicial reviews, humanitarian and compassionate applications, danger opinions, and removal orders. She previously sat on the board of a legal clinic in downtown Ottawa. During her free time, you can find her in the office singing, or outside the office playing basketball.

Email: Dianne@kpopelaw.ca
Tel. 613-567-9724 Ext 102

Jennifer Clarke – Legal Assistant

Jennifer was born in Northern Ontario and grew up in the four Mountain National Parks (Kootenay, Yoho, Banff, Jasper), straddling the border between B.C. and Alberta where it was common for Elk, Mountain Goats and Black Bears to wander through her front yard.

Jennifer returned to Ontario to complete her post-secondary education and be closer to her family. She graduated from Laurentian University with a Degree in History and English.  She  obtained a Diploma from Algonquin College in Archives Technology and embarked on her career in the Federal Public Service in the Information Management Divisions for several Government departments. In 2016,  Jennifer decided to do a mid-career change and returned to Algonquin College and obtained her Law Clerk Diploma.

Jennifer is the newest addition to the team and she assists our clients with Henson Trust Wills, Standard Wills and Powers of Attorney.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys reading, creative writing, ambling through nature and playing games (and frequently losing to) with her husband and son.  She also spends time with her beloved pets: a cat named Skitty and a corn snake named Jacques.

Email: Jennifer@kpopelaw.ca
Tel. 613-567-9724 Ext 112

Rafiga Gurbanzade – JD

Rafiga is one of our lawyers at Kenneth C. Pope Law; currently practicing in succession planning, estates, probate, and Henson Trusts.

She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Ottawa and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2019. During her law school years, she worked as a legal research assistant, published articles, and volunteered as Chair of the Student Division Executive of the Ontario Bar Association. She also assisted clients pro bono in the Small Claims Court, and worked in family and immigration law firms.

Prior to law school, Rafiga graduated with honors in Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California Irvine and completed two years of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto. As a scholarship recipient and an essay competition winner, she traveled to Europe several times to participate in international conferences. For her contributions, she received a Sustainability Fellow award.

Rafiga is an avid runner and likes to participate in marathons in Ottawa. As she enjoys outdoor activities, you may find her camping in the woods on weekends.

Email: Rafiga@kpopelaw.ca
Tel. 613-567-9724 Ext 103

Karen Christy – Legal Assistant

Karen joined our team in April 2019 as our Legal assistant helping us with customer service & administration, webinar support and many other tasks that help our office run smoothly. She has over 2 decades of experience in the administrative and service industry and is currently working towards her paralegal licence.

On her downtime you can find her with her children; her daughter who is in University studying criminology, and her son who is an elite high school football player. She also likes crafting, refurbishing old into new, listening to music or podcasts and learning new things.

Email: Karen@kpopelaw.ca
Tel. 613-567-9724 Ext 100

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