As an experienced estate lawyer, it is my job to guide you through the emotionally challenging work of estate law, no matter your stage in life. Whether you need a will, power of attorney or trust deed, need assistance with substitute decision-making, or need help in administrating an estate, I'm here to help.
Having managed a legal practice for many years, I also have extensive experience in navigating the marketplace and I offer practical legal advice to business people, particularly in the field of design, no matter their skill level. This commitment led to my appointment as General Counsel to the Association of Canadian Industrial Designers, Counsel to the Institute without Boundaries, and to the boards of several new media companies.
I am a frequent lecturer and writer on legal, historical, and new media topics, have appeared on CBC TV, CBC Radio, Global News, CTV and Canada AM and have been quoted newspapers as diverse as the Lawyer's Daily, the Washington Post, Canadian Business Magazine, and the Toronto Star. I also frequently lecture to students in the School of Design at George Brown College. As a result of my academic research, I was awarded the 2013 Widdifield Award from the Ontario Bar Association for my work on the intersection of estate planning, estate administration, and social media, known as digital legacy, which addresses questions of what happens to our online lives when we die. I've even been cited in the High Court of Australia decision of Griffith University v. Tang for my work on judicial review in the university context.
Before entering practice, I attended Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario where I earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree and a Master of Arts degree in Canadian Studies. Under the tutelage of Professor T.H.B. Symons, my graduate specialty was in the history of Ontario before Confederation. This was followed by a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from the University of Windsor with its innovative focus on access to justice. While there, I was ranked in the top 10% of my class and earned The Scotiabank Award for Wills, The Frank W. Wilson and Marion Claire Wilson Memorial Scholarship in Constitutional Law, and the Cassels Brock & Blackwell Centennial Prize.