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

October 2017

Elder Abuse and Manners of Protecting the Elderly

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

Craig Vander Zee

Presentation

September 2017

Will Challenge Advocacy for Estate Litigators

The Advocates Society

Craig Vander Zee

Presentation

May 2017

CLE for Lawyers & Accountants, Power of Attorney Dispute

B’Nai Brith Canada

Craig Vander Zee

Presentation

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

September 2016

Disability Planning

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

Craig Vander Zee

Presentation

June 2016

Mock Trial, Estate Disputes and Prenuptial Agreements

B’Nai Brith Canada 

Craig Vander Zee

Presentation

May 2016

Bonds and Beyond

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

Craig Vander Zee

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

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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

Lauren Crosby

Tel: 416 777 5429  Fax: 1 888 497 8649
Email: lcrosby@torkinmanes.com

Linda J. Godel

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

Wesley Isaacs

Tel: 416 360 4735  Fax: 1 844 842 9183
Email: wisaacs@torkinmanes.com

Kay Leung

Tel: 416 777 5428  Fax: 1 888 812 2561
Email: kleung@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

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
Lauren Crosby 416 777 5429 lcrosby@torkinmanes.com
Linda J. Godel 416 643 8809 lgodel@torkinmanes.com
Wesley Isaacs 416 360 4735 wisaacs@torkinmanes.com
Kay Leung 416 777 5428 kleung@torkinmanes.com
Daniel J. Stober 416 777 5191 dstober@torkinmanes.com
Tanisha Tulloch 416 777 5359 ttulloch@torkinmanes.com
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