Education University of Toronto B.A, Osgoode Hall Law School LL.B. 2002 Recipient of Charles Edward Woodrow Award for academic excellence; University of Windsor, Faculty of Law Executive Certificate in Conflict Management; Harvard Law School certificates in Mediating Disputes and Negotiation and Leadership Programs.
Call to the Bar Ontario, 2004
Jane’s practice is concentrated in estate, trusts and capacity law. She has particular interest in working with extended families on business succession planning, planning for disabilities and incapacity, estate administration and conflict resolution (mediation and family meetings).
Her estate planning experience includes addressing tax concerns in succession planning, navigating international complexities, planning for disabled or dependent family members, working with blended families and managing artistic works, intellectual property and digital assets.
Jane assists in all areas of estate administration, including identifying steps that need to be taken immediately after death, applying for probate with our without a will, communicating with beneficiaries, understanding record keeping obligations, navigating international estate and working with international families, managing estate debts, tax filings and sale of assets, and advising beneficiaries on their rights.
Jane represents clients in disputes about end of life care for older adults and estate disputes, including estate, trust and power of attorney accounting, will challenges, will interpretation applications and rectifications, beneficiary and trustee disputes, support and family law claims, elder law disputes and provision of legal opinions and independent legal advice.
Jane’s mediation training is extensive, and she brings her estates experience to elder caring issues, capacity law disputes, and contested estate administration can drain family resources and strain relationships. She is passionate about using mediation to create practical and effective solutions to complex legal issues. Her mediation style is focused on enhancing people’s ability to problem solve in a timely, affordable way that preserves relationships where possible.
Involvement & Recognition
Jane was the recipient of the Ontario Bar Association’s Hoffstein Book Prize, in recognition of her contributions and achievements in the area of wills, trusts and estates.
She is the past chair of the board of directors for a Toronto-area legal aid clinic, and has served as a member of the Foundation Committee of the Casey House board of directors.
When not practicing law, Jane can be found traveling to Nordic destinations indulging her love of landscape and wildlife photography.