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Craig Vander Zee*

Tel: 416 643 8812 Fax: 1 877 689 3912
*Legal services provided through Craig Vander Zee Professional Corporation

Craig is a partner in our Trusts & Estates and Litigation Groups and is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Estates and Trusts Law. His practice includes all aspects of estate, trust, capacity, fiduciary and power of attorney disputes and litigation for clients consisting of individuals, trust companies, government agencies and other organizations.

Craig provides counsel on, amongst other things, the rights and obligations of estate trustees, estate trustees during litigation, trustees, attorneys for property or care, and guardians, and the rights and entitlements of beneficiaries. His extensive experience includes matters involving powers of attorney, estate administration, probate applications, passing of accounts, the appointment or removal of estate trustees, trustees or guardians, the validity or interpretation of wills, capacity, undue influence, guardianship, estate or trust claims, breaches of trust, claims against an estate including dependant support claims, minors and the incapable.

Craig is also a very experienced Estate Mediator.

Craig is a past Chair of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Ontario Bar Association and a past member of the Executive (Toronto Branch) of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He was also a member of the Advisory Group for the Law Commission of Ontario Project on the Law as it Affects Older Adults.

Craig has represented clients before all levels of Court in Ontario, the Federal Court of Canada, the trial and appellate Courts of Alberta and various tribunals and boards.

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Education

  • Arbitration Course, Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Ontario Inc.
  • LL.B., Queen’s University Law School, 1992
  • B.A., Honours Economics and Commerce, Royal Military College, Kingston, 1989

Credentials

  • Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) Designation (since 2006)
  • Certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Estates and Trusts Law (C.S.) (since 2005)
  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1994

Publications & Presentations

Presentation

Marshalling the Evidence and Framing the Theory of your Case

The Advocates' Society: Conducting a Dependant Support Trial
Oct 29, 2018
May 3, 2018
Presentation

Elder Abuse and Manners of Protecting the Elderly

Chair, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) (Toronto Branch)
Oct 18, 2017
Sep 28, 2017

News & Media

Firm News

Craig Vander Zee listed in Chambers & Partners High Net Worth: The World's Leading High Net Worth Advisors

Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Craig Vander Zee has been listed for his expertise in Private Wealth Disputes.
Aug 29, 2018
Firm News

Torkin Manes lawyers featured in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2019

The Best Lawyers in Canada We are pleased to announce that 22 of our partners have recently been recognized as leaders.
Aug 21, 2018

Torkin Manes lawyers featured in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2018

We are pleased to announce that 20 of our partners have recently been recognized as leaders in their respective fields in the latest edition of The Be...
Aug 22, 2017

Congratulations to our lawyers recognized in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Torkin Manes is pleased to announce that several firm lawyers have been named as leaders in their fields in The 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
May 29, 2017

Events

Craig Vander Zee to speak at the Advocates’ Society’s program Conducting a Dependant Support Trial October 29th in Toronto

Craig will be presenting on the topic: Marshalling the Evidence and Framing the Theory of your Case.
Oct 29, 2018