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Craig Vander Zee

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

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 an Estate Mediator.

Craig is a past Chair of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Ontario Bar Association and a past member of the 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.

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - Estate and Tax Planning, Estate Litigation (since 2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada© - Trusts and Estates (since 2009)
  • Chosen by LawDay as one of the leading practitioners in Canada in the area of Estates and Trusts (2009)
  • Elder Abuse and Manners of Protecting the Elderly

    Chair, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) (Toronto Branch)

  • Will Challenge Advocacy for Estate Litigators

    The Advocates Society

  • CLE for Lawyers & Accountants, Power of Attorney Dispute

    B’Nai Brith Canada

  • Disability Planning

    Chair, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioner (STEP) (Toronto Branch)

  • Mock Trial, Estate Disputes and Prenuptial Agreements

    B’Nai Brith Canada 

  • Bonds and Beyond

    The Six Minute Estate Lawyer 2016, Law Society of Upper Canada

  • Fiduciary Accounting: Duties, Obligations, Process and Best Practices

    Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)(Toronto Branch)

  • 100 Questions about a Will Challenge (& Mock Trial)

    B’Nai Brith Canada

  • Addressing Confidentiality Concerns Involved in Court Proceedings

    17th Annual Estates and Trusts Summit, Law Society of Upper Canada

  • “Scardoni Decision”, Court’s Role under the Health Care and Consent Act – when Consent and Capacity Board finds end of life wishes expressed by an adult person insufficiently specific

    B’Nai Brith Canada

More Speaking & Writing
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Past Member of the Executive, Toronto Branch
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Toronto
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association - Trusts and Estates Section, Past Chair
  • Ontario Bar Association, National Elder Law Liaison, Past Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, National Wills, Trusts and Estates Committee, Past Member
  • Bench and Bar Committee, Toronto Region Estates List, Past Member
  • Advisory Group, Law Commission of Ontario Project on the Law as it Affects Older Adults, Past Member
  • Past Coach, Markham Minor Hockey Association, Assistant Coach
  • Past Assistant Coach, Markham Soccer Club
  • Past Coach, Markham District Baseball Association
  • Past Co-Chair of a number of charitable golf tournaments