Wills, Trusts & Estates

The Torkin Manes’ Wills, Trusts & Estates Group is uniquely positioned to advise and represent clients in the complete range of legal services related to estate planning, estate administration, and estate litigation. As part of a full-service firm, we collaborate with our Business, Tax, Real Estate, Not-For-Profit & Charities, and Family Law Groups to provide seamless, efficient service to ensure that our clients’ legal and family interests are protected and their goals are achieved. Torkin Manes’ long involvement with the entrepreneurial community makes us especially suited to advise family business owners on succession planning.

Our clients include individuals, business owners and their families, trust companies, government agencies, and charitable and not-for profit organizations.

Our estate planning services includes techniques to achieve our clients’ objectives and minimize taxes, through the preparation of Wills, powers of attorney for property and personal care, trusts and charitable giving. As well, we coordinate with U.S. professional advisors when completing cross-border planning for U.S. citizens and clients purchasing vacation properties in the U.S.

We advise executors and trustees of their duties and responsibilities in the administration of an estate, attend to the preparation of the application for the Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee, assist with the transfer and disposition of estate assets, their distribution to beneficiaries and the preparation of accounts.

We advise beneficiaries of their rights and entitlements under wills or trusts. We also provide advice to other fiduciaries, such as attorneys and guardians of property.

Torkin Manes is fortunate to have on its Wills, Trusts & Estates team a senior specialist in Estate Litigation with wide ranging expertise in estate and trust related disputes, including validity or interpretation of wills; the appointment or removal of estate trustees, trustees or guardians; dependant support applications; spousal equalization claims; breaches of trust; guardianship applications; applications for directions and advice; passing of accounts; and applications to vary trusts and wills.

Our senior estate litigator is also an experienced estate mediator.

Date Title Related Lawyers Type

November 2016

Managing Family Conflicts in Estate Administration

Ontario Bar Association, Estates & Trusts Section Programs, Co-Chair

Tanisha Tulloch

Presentation

November 2016

Rule 48 Administrative Dismissals

Torkin Manes CPD Program, Co-Presenter

Tanisha Tulloch

Presentation

November 2015

12th Annual Intensive Wills and Estates Workshop

Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development

Risa Awerbuck

Presentation

October 2015

Why Do I Need a Will?

Torkin Manes LegalSource

Guide

September 2015

What You Need to Do Before Meeting with Your Client

Wills and Estate Planning: A Primer, Ontario Bar Association

Risa Awerbuck
Emily Hubling

Presentation

September 2015

Wills and Estates Planning: A Primer

Co-Chair, Ontario Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division

Emily Hubling

Presentation

April 2015

Does Your Executor Know Your Business?

BDO (Mississauga), presentation with Jeff Noble - BDO

Risa Awerbuck

Presentation

March 2015

Do Experts Always Have to Produce a Report to Give an Opinion at Trial?

Torkin Manes LegalWatch - Spring 2015

Marco P. Falco

LegalWatch

March 2015

Continuing Power of Attorney for Property / Wills that Work / Top 10 Reasons to Consider a Corporate Executor

BMO (Toronto), Behan Barnum Investment Management Group

Risa Awerbuck

Presentation

February 2015

Talk to an Expert: The Preparation and Use of Expert Reports in Litigation

Torkin Manes LegalWatch - Winter 2015

Marco P. Falco

LegalWatch

More Publications

Risa Awerbuck

Practice Group Lead

Tel: 416 777 5425  Fax: 1 888 587 5765
Email: rawerbuck@torkinmanes.com

Craig Vander Zee

Practice Group Lead

Tel: 416 643 8812  Fax: 1 877 689 3912
Email: cvanderzee@torkinmanes.com

Barry S. Arbus, QC

Tel: 416 777 5423  Fax: 1 888 603 4592
Email: barbus@torkinmanes.com

Linda J. Godel

Tel: 416 643 8809  Fax: 1 888 554 6179
Email: lgodel@torkinmanes.com

Daniel J. Stober

Tel: 416 777 5191  Fax: 1 888 732 6511
Email: dstober@torkinmanes.com

Tanisha Tulloch

Tel: 416 777 5359  Fax: 1 888 812 2559
Email: ttulloch@torkinmanes.com

Marc Weisman

Tel: 416 777 5455  Fax: 1 888 812 2565
Email: mweisman@torkinmanes.com

Practice Group Lead(s)

Risa Awerbuck 416 777 5425 rawerbuck@torkinmanes.com
Craig Vander Zee 416 643 8812 cvanderzee@torkinmanes.com

Practice Group Lawyers

Barry S. Arbus, QC 416 777 5423 barbus@torkinmanes.com
Linda J. Godel 416 643 8809 lgodel@torkinmanes.com
Daniel J. Stober 416 777 5191 dstober@torkinmanes.com
Tanisha Tulloch 416 777 5359 ttulloch@torkinmanes.com
Marc Weisman 416 777 5455 mweisman@torkinmanes.com
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