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M. Gaylanne Phelan

Counsel

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Areas of ExpertiseEstates, Trusts, & Private Client

Education McGill University, B.A. 1970; University of Western Ontario, J.D. 1976

Languages English

Call to the Bar Ontario 1978 (Joseph Sedgwick First Prize; Vera L. Parsons Prize)

M. Gaylanne Phelan

Counsel

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Biography

Gaylanne has practised law in the area of estates, trusts and substitute decisions since 1978, and has advised clients for over 30 years with their complex estate plans. She has acted as executor and trustee of large Canadian estates, as director of their affiliated business corporations, and as attorney for property for their owners. Many of her clients have their own business and investment companies and, as an adjunct to her estate planning practice, she has handled business sales, family business succession arrangements and tax-planned corporate reorganizations. She was also one of the first promoters of “plain language drafting” for Wills and private client documents.

Gaylanne’s practice also involves estate litigation and estate dispute resolution. She is a past-member of the O.B.A.’s Civil Justice Reform Task Force. She continues her estate mediation and family conference practice as a member of The Estate Mediation Group.

Involvement & Recognition

Gaylanne was formerly a partner of a major Canadian law firm, and later founded her own boutique trusts and estates firm. She is a past-President and privileged member of the Estate Planning Council of Toronto, and a past-President of Le Groupe Francophone de l'Association du Barreau Canadien de l'Ontario. She has spoken to many professional groups on estate planning and estate dispute resolution, has written numerous articles on these subjects, and has edited several published works.

On a non-professional note, she is a first soprano with the Toronto Choral Society, is (surely) the oldest student in the vocal programme at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, is a sports enthusiast (skiing, tennis and hiking) and is a deplorably poor golfer.